Day 11. A Film You Watch When You Need A Laugh

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy Kevin Smith’s work. His comedic sense and writing makes him one of my favorite comedy film makers. Starting out as one of many indie directors in the early nineties he wrote a screenplay about a store clerk, filmed it in the store he worked at and had all his friends join in as actors. Financed with credit cards the success of this, the first film he had ever made, kept him out of dept and launched a career that has lasted since.

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He has built up a core audience of comic-book-geeks, pot-connoisseurs and pop-culture-enthusiasts through his many changes in his career. Kevin Smith has apart from film taken QnA’s and made it into something more, he has written comic-books, launched a TV-series and he is the host and producer of many different podcast over at SModCast.

Clerks, the story of Dante a clerk at a local food store starts out as he in the last-minute gets called into work. “I’m not even suppose to be here today” is a complaint that’s uttered multiple times as Dante feels remorse for his place in the world and lack of motivation to get his life together and move on. The store is next door to a movie-rental-store were Dante’s friend Randal works. His day is mostly spent on harassing costumers and being a over-all snotty prick that goes about life as if his actions doesn’t have any consequences.

Through-out the film people, friends of Dante or weird strangers comes into the store. There are customers seeking through egg cartons to find the best collection of eggs. Also the drug-dealing duo Jay and Silent Bob is constantly standing outside the store, dancing and rapping along to their boombox.

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This is a funny film about a community of young restless people and their daily life. With themes of living life disregarding the effects they shall have later on in life these youngsters live in bliss, as young people tend to do. Romance comes and goes, opportunities are past for the possibility of comfort, and it’s a fun film to sink time into. It’s nice for the moment to go into their world, even though you might not want to be their yourself it’s a place that most of us can relate to.

Small short samples of lines from Clerks such as “Berserker”, “37” former mentioned quote “I’m not even suppose to be here today” are lines of dialog ever fan of Clerks will be able to detect and repeat. And then there are also the reappearing topics of discussions such as sexual kinks and Star Wars, which usually appear in other Kevin Smith films.

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To close this little entry I may add that Kevin Smiths movies and sense of humor isn’t for everyone, I mean few good things are, there are people out there that doesn’t like Monty Python for example (yes I know, it’s hard to believe). But if Kevin Smith’s films has passed you by I urge you to watch Clerks, which I think is a great way to start in on Kevin Smith’s filmography

Then there are the two following movies Mallrats, which is about two guys hanging out in a mall and Chasing Amy, which I would say is Kevin Smith’s best work is a film about a guy falling in love with a gay woman. These three films together with Red State stands-out as his best work. Dogma, Clerks 2 and Jay and Bob Strikes Back aren’t horrible though they aren’t in the same league for me personally.

So, what are your feelings on Kevin Smith? Would you watch something else when you need a good laugh in-front of the screen. I thought of picking a Louis CK DVD instead of Clerks, but it didn’t feel right. If you want to love or hate on my choice of film or share another film entirely then go a head and share down below in the comment section. Be first, be heard and stay frosty!

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-B

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