Creators stay true to original Clerks

Tim Dickerson

“Clerks II” is not a typical sequel.

This isn’t, “I’m not even supposed to be here today… again!”-The classic line from the first movie. This is a continuation of “Clerks.” With this film, the audience gets a chance to drop in on the characters after 12 years to see what they’ve been up to.

This movie stays true to the original and still remains its own original work, just with four common characters. While the original “Clerks” was very joke-oriented, this one has more of a plot.

That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of jokes to keep the audience laughing, however. And there are quite a few jokes that are even more raw than the first “Clerks.”

Dante and Randal have been working at the Quick Stop and RST Video, respectively, for more than a decade, but when the Quick Stop burns down, they are forced to work in the fast food market Mooby’s (a fast food chain introduced in director Kevin Smith’s other film “Dogma”).

Now, Dante is a day away from leaving New Jersey for good with his fiancee, Emma. Complications arise as Randal is hurting to lose his best friend and there is still a spark in his relationship with his boss, Becky (Rosario Dawson).

There has been much growth for Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson).

They are still the same slackers people loved in the original, but they have grown since hitting their 30s.

Even Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by Smith) have grown. They are still drug dealers, hanging in front of a store, but there is more to them now.

Smith’s strength has always been the dialogue he puts in his movies.

If one would like to know what Smith’s signature is, just close your eyes and listen to what is said. The language is very real and the terminology Smith creates is always very funny.

The film introduced a new clerk, Elias, a 19-year-old who is very religious and loves “Lord of the Rings” and “Transformers.” He was a great addition and Trevor Fehrman nailed the character. The chemistry between Dawson and O’Halloran is too great and strong to ignore.

Fans of the first “Clerks” shouldn’t be disappointed by this amazing sequel. Even if one has never seen the original, this is still an enjoyable flick. It’s a brushed up version of the first and from start to finish, never fails to make the audience laugh.

While it is very different from the original, it is a very worthy sequel.