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Competition: Win a copy of Clerks II

Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 5:19pm

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The Details


  • Title: Clerks II
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Cast: Jeff Anderson, Brian O'Halloran, Rosario Dawson
  • Running time: 93 minutes
  • Cert: 15 (UK)
  • Release: Out now

The Movie

In this sequel to Kevin Smith's breakout film Clerks (1994), we catch up with Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) to find them still working the counter, albeit now at a fast food restaurant rather than the original's Quick-Stop. While the set-up could have allowed for a lazy repeat of the original, instead Clerks II spins off in a number of unexpected directions that make it a worthy follow-up to the original indie classic. The key to its success is that the characters have aged as much as the actors in the intervening years, leading to the inevitable question of “is this all there is to life?” Complicating matters further, Dante finds himself torn between an oppressive fiance (Jennifer Schwalbach) and his inconveniently gorgeous boss Becky (Rosario Dawson).

Thankfully, due to this being a Kevin Smith film, the themes are explored with an absolute minimum of pretension, instead delivering a torrent of foul language, vulgar humour, pop culture references and a rather unusual donkey show – not to mention a great musical interlude that'll have you dancing on your sofa. The genius twist is that the crude jokes are there to serve the characters, with the absurd hilarity never overwhelming a surprisingly touching examination of friendship and ambition.

The Extras

DVD releases of Smith's work have always had generous helpings of extra features and Clerks II absolutely does not disappoint. The movie itself is accompanied by three distinct commentaries, the best being the 'technical commentary' from Smith himself, producer Scott Mosier and DP David Klein. There's some fascinating detail on low-budget greenscreen effects, digital grading and the intricacies of digital intermediates when shooting on film. Particularly interesting is Klein's decision to shoot on film rather than video, despite Smith's early intentions to replicate the grainy texture of the original's 16mm stock by using HD or even DV.

Meanwhile, over on disc 2, there's a comprehensive, 90-minute Making Of that starts all the way back in 2001 with Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back and goes all the way up to and beyond Clerks II's rapturous reception at Cannes. Also included are a bunch of video diaries, deleted scenes and a rather unnecessary 27 minutes of bloopers.

Even if you're not a fan of Smith's particular brand of humour and quirky life observations, we still highly recommend grabbing a copy of this DVD. It's right up there with Robert Rodriguez's best DVDs in terms of filmmaking tips and detail, always with an eye on keeping the budget low and the quality high. If you can stomach the decidedly politically incorrect humour, you'll learn a lot.

Win a copy!! (closed)

That's right, thanks to the nice chaps over at Paramount we've got a bunch of Clerks II DVDs to give away! If you want to be in with a chance of winning, send an email to this competition is now closed with the answer to the following question:

Which comic book writing legend cameos in Smith's second film, Mallrats?

Rules and regs: It wouldn't be a proper competition without some rules! So here we go: 1. Clerks II is a very rude film, so unfortunately you have to be 15 or over to enter. Tell us your date of birth in your email, or else. 2. These DVDs are region 2, so make sure your DVD player can handle it. 3. Don't forget to include your home mail address, as DVDs can't be sent by email.

What's all this then?

Every year there comes the time for FXhome.com to be given an injection of freshness. This year we're going to be introducing a bunch of new features, kicking off with reviews of mainstream movies.

We're going to take a slightly different approach to most sites, in that we'll focus strongly on the extra features and potential filmmaking usefulness of each DVD release. A mediocre film can still have a fantastic set of extras, after all.

You can expect to see more reviews and competitions later in the year, so be sure to keep an eye on the news!

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Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 5:50pm

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"Which comic book writing legend cameos in Smith's second film, Mallrats?"


Umh, I don't really understand the question... What does "cameos" mean?
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 6:20pm

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A cameo is when somebody famous appears briefly in a film (for a scene or two). So the question is basically asking which famous comic book writer is in Mallrats? If you don't know then the Internet is your friend smile
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 6:29pm

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The making-of on Clerks II is fantastic.

Love to see you guys doing reviews like this.
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 7:14pm

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Entered. Good Luck to everyone.
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 8:18pm

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I gave you my address and my birthday so I better get a card! biggrin
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 11:20pm

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malone wrote:

If you don't know then the Internet is your friend smile
Perhaps the next contest should have a question that isn't easily answered by checking IMDB for 5 seconds. smile

The only good thing about Clerks 2 was Rosario Dawson. And I don't mean her acting.
Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 4:07am

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Perhaps the next contest should have a question that isn't easily answered by checking IMDB for 5 seconds.
But they have lots of copies and want to share! wink
Even with IMDB if ones does not know the names of legendary comic types how would it only be 5 seconds?

Fun addition to the setup here. I can't wait to see what the crew cooks up next.
Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 5:45am

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Aculag wrote:

The only good thing about Clerks 2 was Rosario Dawson. And I don't mean her acting.
IF that. I wasn't very fond of this film...
Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 6:20am

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Email sent. Though don't you already guys have people's addresses? I remember giving that when I purchased AlamDV. Regardless, I've sent the email.
Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 9:15am

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Bryce007 wrote:

Aculag wrote:

The only good thing about Clerks 2 was Rosario Dawson. And I don't mean her acting.
IF that. I wasn't very fond of this film...
As you can tell from my review, I'm a big fan of this movie.

Without wanting to pull the age card (which I'm just about to do, obviously), I suspect Clerks II is a film that relies a little bit on its audience being in their 30s, or thereabouts. It deals with stuff that simply isn't relevant otherwise.

Same goes for the first film, really - if I'd seen that when I was 12, for example, it wouldn't have been relevant. Same if I saw it around now. If I'd seen Clerks II a few years ago (using some kind of time portal device, presumably) it probably wouldn't have worked so well on me either.

Having said all that, as I mentioned in my review - whether you like the movie or not, it's still a fantastic DVD set packed with lots of interesting stuff for filmmakery types.

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Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 9:51am

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You know, you make it sound just like Van Wilder. wink
Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 11:14pm

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Tarn wrote:

Without wanting to pull the age card (which I'm just about to do, obviously), I suspect Clerks II is a film that relies a little bit on its audience being in their 30s, or thereabouts. It deals with stuff that simply isn't relevant otherwise.
Maybe if you're like 14 and have no world experience it's not relevant. Even though I would venture to guess that teenagers are the biggest fans of this movie...

I'll disagree with you, because I think the topics in the movie are relevant for anyone. It's a relationship movie, so like I said, if you're super young it's not relevant, but for anyone who's been out in the "real world" and knows what that's like, I would say it's fairly relatable, no matter how old you are, other than the fact that all the characters in the movie (just like in all KS movies) grew up reading dictionaries in their spare time.

I like the first Clerks. It's the only Kevin Smith movie I like, and it's why I rented Clerks 2 in the first place, despite hating every one of his movies before it. Then again, I've only seen it once a long time ago, so that might change if I were to watch it again. Heh.
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 9:13am

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Aculag wrote:

Even though I would venture to guess that teenagers are the biggest fans of this movie...
Really? I'd fully expect the main audience of the movie to be around their 30s - specifically the people that saw Clerks when it came out, when they were in their early 20s, and have aged along with the movie and characters.

I can see teenagers loving the dirty humour and sillier aspects, but I can't really see them understanding or relating to the themes involved. I certainly wouldn't have back then.

It's a relationship movie, so like I said, if you're super young it's not relevant, but for anyone who's been out in the "real world" and knows what that's like, I would say it's fairly relatable, no matter how old you are,
True, though I think I took it as being more about hitting 30 and realising that all those dreams you had when you were 20 haven't happened, and wondering what you're going to do about it. The love triangle element is a slight catalyst to get Randall and Dante thinking, but it's more about taking charge of your life before you're too old to do anything about it - at least, that was my take on it.

Though from a 'relationship movie' perspective, maybe you mean the relationship between Dante and Randall, as that was more important than the relationship between Dante and the women.

other than the fact that all the characters in the movie (just like in all KS movies) grew up reading dictionaries in their spare time.
In what way? They seemed to speak fairly normally to me, other than an abundance of swearing (kinda the opposite to how I'd expect 'dictionary children' to talk, in fact).

I like the first Clerks. It's the only Kevin Smith movie I like, and it's why I rented Clerks 2 in the first place, despite hating every one of his movies before it.
Yeah, his movies do seem to split people right down the middle. Curiously, I really liked Clerks but generally preferred his other movies (well, I didn't see Jersey Girl, obviously).


Anyway, thanks to everyone that's entered the competition so far! Got lots of entries - keep them coming!

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Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 10:54am

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I would say that most teenagers like it for the rebel and fart joke aspects rather than they can relate to it though.
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 11:03pm

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Tarn wrote:

[(well, I didn't see Jersey Girl, obviously)
A true fan wink
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 6:15pm

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Despite its reputation, Jersey Girl was not that bad. I've seen much, much worse "chick flicks" that have done some amazing numbers at the box office, and won over more critics than I would have guessed.

I will say the ending was a bit campy, but it's worth checking out if you're a Smith fan. I'll give him credit too, for trying something different (than what he normally does).
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 6:27pm

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Well most of the films are different genres so you never know entirely what to expect. No one can accuse him of rolling out films to a formula. (which is quite unusual)

Also, I have had the misfortune to have seen Jersey Girl and I found it terribly boring.
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 7:02pm

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Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back were good. Haven't seen Clerks 2 though.
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 10:02pm

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I think I was one of the six people on earth who liked Jersey Girl.

Well, minus Ben Affleck. If he hadn't been in it, I think it would have been a much better film. Regardless, I still like it.

I know the answer and I'd enter the competition, except I don't have a region 2 player.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 3:18am

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Kid wrote:

I would say that most teenagers like it for the rebel and fart joke aspects rather than they can relate to it though.
I can relate to alot of Smith's material.



but I also love the dick and fart jokes.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 3:23am

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Mellifluous wrote:

Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back were good. Haven't seen Clerks 2 though.
Out of all of Kevin's films, I have to say Jay and Silent Bob was the worst in my opinion.
Posted: Tue, 13th Mar 2007, 11:29am

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This competition is now closed. We'll be announcing the winners soon. smile
Posted: Tue, 13th Mar 2007, 3:35pm

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Using our special ACME, handy-dandy winner-selecting device, I can now announce the winners of the Clerks II DVDs:

Sieger Hansma
Glenn Seller
Mel Rodriguez


Congratulations to you three! We'll get the prizes sent off ASAP.
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 11:42am

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Edit:
My copy safely received today biggrin Thanks.
Posted: Sat, 17th Mar 2007, 11:04am

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Mine got in today too, Thanks!!
Posted: Wed, 21st Mar 2007, 10:58am

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Clercks II est arrivé !

Thanks again Fxhome ...

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