Director – Kevin Smith
Writer – Kevin Smith
No cult film collection would be complete without a copy of Kevin Smith’s Clerks. (with an intentional full stop). As you probably already know, it was made on a miniscule budget with a set of local actors and friends that Smith knew, and is the first outing of the irrepressible Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith himself). The film is replete with Smith’s earthy humour and naturalistic dialogue, where everyday situations are perceived in a gloriously idiosyncratic way, usually skirting the edges of taste and decency, sometimes plunging to new depths of depravity.
Brian O’Halloran plays the frustrated Dante Hicks, who suffers the iniquities of his various convenience store customers, and faces a day in hell, sometimes helped, but more often hindered, by his friend Randal, a husky Jeff Anderson, who works in the video shop next door. If you’ve had to work in a small outlet such as these or generally grew up in an area like New Jersey, you’ll recognise many of the kooks and cranks that drop in to pay a visit. Dante also has issues with his exes and current girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti). Then there’s a hockey match that he’s meant to attend at 2 o’clock, a wake for another ex and the fact that he wasn’t even supposed to be there today!
This film is full of special moments – the customer who smells and weighs the milk cartons, cousin Olaf singing Berserker (“My love for you is like a truck, BERZERKER!”), the Star Wars anecdote, the continual interruptions – all wrapped up in delicious nineteen nineties irony. Snoochy boochies!