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"You work in a convenience store Dante! And badly, I might add. I work in a s***ty video store, badly as well."
on 12 February 2014
I adored this low budget, independent film, which is a really good comedy, even if the humour doesn't always fly very high... Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.
Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran), a 22-year-old retail clerk at a local Quick Stop convenience store in Leonardo, New Jersey, is called to work on his day off by his boss to cover a few hours for another employee who is sick. Disgusted but not daring refuse, Dante comes to work and opens shop.
During the rest of the film we will watch him working, facing all kind of weird customers but also converse with his best (only?) friend, Randal Graves, who in principle works at the neighboring video store, RST Video, but spends almost the entire day at the Quick Stop. His present and past girlfriends will also come visiting at one moment...
As it was already said, this is an independent film, which cost barely 27 500 USD to make (yes, it is twenty seven thousand five hundred). It was also the first film the director, Kevin Smith (barely 24 at this time), ever made... Because Smith was broke at that point, he cut the costs to the minimum by turning it in black and white and by casting his friends and family members in most secondary roles - he also took numerous low limit credit cards and maxed them out... The film became a minor hit and made more than 3 millions USD in the cinemas - and much, much more since with DVD sales.
The charm of this film resides entirely in the dialogs and in strange and sometimes weird (even creepy) situations. The conversations between Dante and Randall cover a large variety of topics, including but not limited to "Star Wars" and life in general... The conversations they have with various customers are even better...))) Two small time marijuana dealers, Jay and Silent Bob, who make their sales in front of the two shops, intervene in a couple of occasions - they don't say much, but their contributions are important.
The language is very strong and the humour occasionally doesn't fly very high but still, this film has considerable charm and some gags are simply irresistible. Cynical and lucid Randal is a character somehow more appealing than Dante, on whom the whole story focuses, but ultimately I grew fond of both of them. I didn't see the 92 minutes pass and at the end I was really sorry that it was over...
Bottom line, this is an excellent, quite clever little comedy, with certainly a lot of strong language (but ultimately not so many "F" bombs) and a little bit of necrophilia, but ultimately suprisingly tender and gentle...))) Enjoy!