Well, it is finally time to say goodbye to the View Askewniverse as I watch Clerks 2 today. I remember going to see this with Chase and Blake when it came out in theaters. Well, my first viewing, their second time seeing it. I also remember being able to get this for free when it came out on DVD, but still spending $50 in the store because I saw some other stuff I wanted (I am a little better about that now-a-days.)
The plot: When the Quick Stop catches fire, Dante and Randall find themselves working at a Mooby’s restaurant. On Dante’s last day before moving to Florida, he finds himself questioning whether he should move to Florida with his Fiance Emma or stay in Jersey and pursue a relationship with Becky, the girl he is in love with. Meanwhile, Randall is dealing with the fact that his best friend is moving so he decides to give him a going away party he will never forget. Add Jay and Silent Bob to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster that Jersey may never recover from.
Ok. So when Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back came out in 2001, it was billed as the last movie for Jay and Silent Bob. However, after Jersey Girl bombed in theaters, Kevin Smith decided to do another movie in the View Askewniverse series to please his fan-base. Dante, Randall, Jay, and Silent Bob are all back from the original Clerks. Ben Affleck and Jason Lee (surprise surprise) also make an appearance but as totally new characters. Jennifer Schwalbach also returns as Emma, Dante’s fiance. We are also introduced to 2 new characters; Elias, a highly religious but naive kid whose love of Transformers and The Lord Of The Rings is a source of endless ridicule by Randall, and Becky, the manager of Mooby’s who might have her own reasons for Dante to stay in Jersey.
Now when I first heard that there was going to be a Clerks 2, I had mixed feelings. Now I do love a good Jay and Silent Bob movie but to go back on your claim from the previous film and do a new movie seems like a cheap way to get money. Well he got my money at least. And after watching the movie, I did like it because it actually showed the characters maturing, well…somewhat. Dante still had that “woe is me, my life sucks” attitude as well as the indecisiveness that plagued him in the first film. However, by the end of the movie, he actually began to be more assertive and start making decisions that would move his life forward. Randall spent most of the film growing more and more bitter over the fact that his best friend was leaving and finally confronts Dante about it. Of course, being Randall, that doesn’t stop him from being as blunt about things as possible.
Now just because there was a theme of character maturing in the movie, don’t think that there wasn’t the normal raunchy humor that you would expect to find in a Kevin Smith movie, because there was plenty of that. From Jay dancing around nude to “Goodbye Horses” to the discussion on if it is ok to go “ass to mouth”. From Randall trying to “take back” a racial slur to a viewing of “interspecies erotica (or bestiality as it is commonly known), this movie has plenty of jokes and scenes to make you be embarrassed that you laughed at them.
So if you want to see how the characters have progressed from the original movie, or just a fan of Kevin Smith’s films, then this is well worth the watch. But with everything they did here, it makes you wonder what they will do in Clerks 3.
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5