Posted at 4:56 PM on July 20, 2006
by Euan Kerr
Kevin Smith says he makes films because he never saw himself when he went to the movies. "Clerks II" which is the result of his desire to make a film about what it was like to be in his thirties shows that he must live in a very strange world.
Smith protagonists Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) literally lose the store where they have worked since the first "Clerks." They move on to the fast food world where they work in "Moobies," (home of the "Cow Tipper" triple burger.)
Randal is more cynical about the world than ever before, but things are looking up for Dante, who has a hot fiance, who is whisking him off to a new life in Florida. Randal is not so sure if that's a good idea. Neither is their boss Becky (Rosario Dawson) who Dante now considers his best friend other than Randal.
The story rolls out over the course of Dante's last day at Moobies, a day which gradually spins out of control with complications upon complications pile on as only Kevin Smith can do.
Nothing is sacred. This movie is profane, morally ambiguous, features language to make a sailor blush, and, if you can get beyond all that, very, very funny.
At its heart this is really Dante's love story. The question is who does he love? Several people have hopes in that area, and someone's going to be disappointed. It's a wild ride.
One thing which I didn't get into the feature aired on MPR today was what Kevin Smith says about his co-star Jason Mewes who has battled drug addiction for much of his life. You can hear what he said by clicking here.