6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2007
This is a great sequel to Clerks.
The same characters (obviously) but a completely different style of film. Of course, this upsets some fans of the original but thankfully most can see what Kevin Smith wanted to achieve with this sequel - very little of the same from the original but keeping the same crude, witty humour throughout.
If you are easily offended I'd stay clear of this film but if you "get it" then this film will be perfect for you.
That being said, the overall story isn't a particular strong one but the very witty dialogue makes this a great film.
Well worth watching if you are a Kevin Smith film.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2007
Making a film sequel to a comedy is like performing heart surgery while blindfolded. In 1994, Kevin Smith struck the world with his debut, Clerks, a black and white, minimalistic and very profane indie, not to mention one of the best comedies ever made. 12 years later, he brings everyone's favorite slackers back, with hilarious results.
Things have changed over the years, despite the apparently normal opening sequence: still in black and white, it sees Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) getting ready for a new day of work. Then comes the shocking discovery: the Quick Stop store is on fire! From that point on, the film is in color, as it chronicles Dante's last day working at Mooby's (a fictional McDonald's-like place). You see, he's moving to Florida with his fiancée, Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach, the director's wife), which implies leaving his boss Becky (Rosario Dawson) and nerdy co-worker Elias (Trevor Fehrman) alone with the consistently rude Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). Oh, and Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith), quite simply two of the best comedy characters ever, still hanging outside the store doing nothing. But last day doesn't mean it's any different form other days: as usual, Dante and Randal do anything except work, whether it's discussing racial insults or receiving unexpected visits from old high school mates (Jason Lee in a cracking cameo). Same situations, different movie, then?
Not quite, as Clerks II has one special thing that was missing back in 1994: sentiment. This time the characters have feelings, even Randal who, despite refusing to admit it, is going to miss his friend (as the beautiful, Butch Cassidy-referencing go-kart sequence shows). As for Dante, his scenes with Becky are the most touching material Smith has ever shot, thanks to brilliant dialogue and a great performance from Dawson.
This new ingredient, however, doesn't mean the director has forgotten what made the first movie so great: the outrageous, so-filthy-you-won't-let-your-mom-see-it humor. Moving it may be, but fundamentally Clerks II is exactly the same as the original: extremely funny and incredibly foul-mouthed. The jokes are relentlessly crude, but the actors'comic timing (particularly Jeff Anderson's) ensures viewers will keep laughing long after the end credits have stopped rolling.
on 5 July 2014
It’s safe to say that, back in 1994, the original ‘Clerks’ film was a classic. It was shot by (first time) film-maker Kevin Smith in black and white and charted the amazingly simple tale of a day in the life of two guys who worked in a convenience store.
In fact, it was so successful that it’s amazing that it’s taken so long to produce a sequel. And, as everyone knows, there’s always a distinct lack in quality when it comes to sequels. Yes, ‘Clerks II’ isn’t quite as sharp or ‘cutting-edge’ is the original, but it’s still damn good fun.
The two guys have since left the grocery store and now work in a faceless burger joint (totally ripping of McDonalds!). However, this is the last day one of them will be working, as he’s moving to Florida with his new fiancé and his best friend refuses to let him go without a ‘proper’ send-off.
It’s easy to say that what follows is just a re-run of Clerks (1). But it isn’t. It’s a whole new beast all together. Yes, the humour is still as risky and ‘adult’ in nature (you can’t watch this and be easily offended!), but the situations are different and, what’s more, is that you actually can identify with the characters. There are even a couple of quite touching moments between the two leads.
So, if you’re a fan of adult humour (or just enjoyed the original) then this is definitely one for you. Of course, if, like me, you’re a die-hard fan of Kevin Smith’s films, you’ll get added enjoyment out of Clerks II as it’s part of his ‘Askewniverse’ where all his films are interlinked and there are plenty of references to past situations and charters.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2007
Jonathan Ross couldn't stand this film. I can think of no higher recommendation than that.
Yes, it's in colour. Yes, it's had a bit more money spent on it. Yes, they're all a little older. Grow up!
Still laugh-out-loud funny, though. Randal's recreation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on the floor of Mooby's hamburger bar (and he's NOT a fan) is worth the price of this DVD on its own!
Not much to say here really but this is a hilarious comedy and a must see for comedy and smith fans alike, this is a strong sequel which maybe could have been a big mistake, but it works really well and is on par with the original and surpasses it in some ways too, a great stand alone comedy too even! The main cast is back and all are great, the brilliant Jay and silent Bob are back, amazing dialogue that's laugh out loud and typical Smith, im a huge fan and love his work this is truly a great comedy.
the Blu-ray is region free and has over 6 hour of bonus material including a 90min making of, 30mins of outtakes etc.
A must have!!!
on 17 February 2014
Not the quickest of deliveries but when I bought it it was half the price of a UK-sourced copy.
The soundtrack is original English, as promised, so if you're buying in advance and don't need the English language cover, save yourself some money.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2007
Being a big fan of the first Clerks film it has to be said that this was the film I was looking forward to seeing last year & it didn't disappoint.
Dante & Randall are back & although they are in a different shop ( Moobys fast food restaurant ) they still seem to get up to the same old tricks. With the new & improved Jay & Silent Bob, Elias the Lord of the Rings Geek & Becky ( brilliantly played by Rosario Dawson ) plus cameos from some famous faces of the View Askew family it makes ONE HELL OF A FUNNY MOVIE.
Plus the DVD has a fantasic 90 min Documentary on the making of the film plus loads of other extras that we have come to expect from the Kevin Smith DVDs.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2010
One of the funniest films I've ever seen. EVER. Even on the 5th watch. Loved the original, and this more than lives up to it. Watch it, watch it now.