2006   USA Clerks II
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Director:Kevin Smith
Studio:Weinstein Company
Writer:Kevin Smith
IMDb Rating:7.6 (63,942 votes)
Awards:1 win & 1 nomination
Duration:97 min
Kevin Smith  ...  (Director)
Kevin Smith  ...  (Writer)
Ben Affleck  ...  Gawking Guy
Ken Baldwin  ...  
Cheryl Baxter  ...  
Walter Flanagan  ...  
Ryan Thomas  ...  
Brian O'Halloran  ...  Dante
Jeff Anderson  ...  Randal
Jason Mewes  ...  Jay
Kevin Smith  ...  Silent Bob
Jake Richardson  ...  Teen #1
Ethan Suplee  ...  Teen #2
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith  ...  Emma
Rachel Larratt  ...  Counter Girl with Ear Guy
Shannon Larratt  ...  Ear Guy
Sarah Ault  ...  Catholic Schoolgirl
Trevor Fehrman  ...  Elias
Lalida Sujjavasin  ...  Catholic Schoolgirl #2
Gail Stanley  ...  Elias' Mom
Bruce Macintosh  ...  Elias' Dad
Laura Greenlee  ...  Cinematographer
David Klein  ...  Cinematographer
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Summary: Lo and behold, Clerks II defies the odds as a sequel that even the most ardent Clerks fans can be happy about. Twelve years after Kevin Smith turned the independent film world upside-down with his $27,000 black-and-white comedy, perpetual slackers Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) return for another raucous romp in suburbia, but this time there's no beloved Quick Stop mini-mart to ensure their low-level employment. Now they're aimless 33-year-olds flippin' burgers at Mooby's, a fast-food joint with a cow theme that's "udderly delicious." Dante's engaged to his long-time girlfriend but has unexpectedly fallen in love with Mooby's manager Becky (and since she's played by Rosario Dawson, can you blame him?), and Randal's still holding out for life, liberty, and the pursuit of low ambition. The responsibilities of adulthood are rearing their ugly head, and with Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) still dealing weed and generally being obnoxious, well... something's gotta give, right? The way Smith has written this long-awaited follow-up, the dilemmas of Dante, Randal, and their ongoing friendship are something that anyone can relate to, and with Dawson lighting up the screen (in a role demanded by producer Harvey Weinstein to boost box-office appeal), the movie's romantic chemistry is surprisingly delightful. Rest assured, also, that Smith (shooting mostly in color this time, on a $5 million budget) hasn't forgotten where he came from: Clerks II is jam-packed with the same lewd, crude humor that made Clerks an indie-film phenomenon, and Smith's good-natured sincerity is still on full display, ensuring that only the most prudish viewers could possibly be offended. For everyone else, this is as enjoyable as any sequel could ever hope to be, with amusing cameos by Smith-movie veterans Ben Affleck and Jason Lee, among others. --Jeff Shannon

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