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"Clerks" reconsidered

Posted at 3:33 PM on November 28, 2006 by Euan Kerr

The final Thanksgiving viewing was "Clerks" which seemed appropriate given the fuss over "Clerks II" a few months back.

When the film came out in 1994, Kevin Smith's film exploded onto the film scene. Shot in black and white and funded on maxed-out credit cards, it was basic, crude in style and content, and very, very funny.

It projected what many people saw as a realistic view of the drudgeries of working a dead-end convenience store existance. It seemed to resonate with the times.

Going back now though, it looks very dated. Maybe it's the "Flashdance" hairstyles on the women. Maybe it's just everyone looks so young. Maybe it's because they were raw unpolished actors who can't quite deliver all their lines.

Or maybe it's because they are all so much better in "Clerks II."

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