Clerks

Clerks (1994)

Plot summary

The entire movie is about one day at work for two clerks, Dante and Randal, who work at a convenience store and video store respectively. Dante is called in to work at the Quick Stop, even though it's his day off. Randal shows up late for work again, because he's a bit of a slacker. The two stores are next door to each other so Randal is constantly locking up the video store to go talk to Dante. Meanwhile, Dante is constantly thinking about what he should do about his love life. He currently has a beautiful girlfriend, Veronica, who does almost everything for him and who loves him. However, Dante is always thinking about his former girlfriend, Caitlin, who cheated on him in high school. Dante still wants to go with Caitlin but Randal advises him to focus on Veronica and keep the relationship they have. Dante and Randal also enjoy abusing their authority as clerks by closing the stores for their own personal benefits. Meanwhile, Jay and Silent Bob, two drug dealers who like to hang out in front of the Quick Stop, constantly menace the clerks. However, Dante finally comes to his senses about Veronica after things are put into perspective for him by an unexpected source, Silent Bob.

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Quotes

[Randal reads a newspaper while a customer studies two rental choices.]
Customer: They say so much, but they never tell you if it's any good.
[Randal continues reading, not even ackowledging her.]
Customer: Are either of these any good?
[Randal continues to read.]
Customer: Sir!
Randal: What?
Customer: Are either of these any good?
Randal: I don't watch movies.
Customer: Well, have you heard anything about either of them?
Randal: No.
Customer: You've never heard anybody say anything about either movie?
Randal: I find it's best to stay out of other people's affairs.
[The customer turns around, then turns back with the same two movies.]
Customer: Well, how about these two movies?
[Randal still never looks up.]
Randal: They suck!
Customer: I just held up the same two movies. You're not even paying attention.
Randal: No, I wasn't.
Customer: I don't think your manager would appreciate...
Randal: I don't appreciate your ruse, ma'am.
Customer: I beg your pardon?
Randal: Your ruse. Your cunning attempt to trick me.
Customer: I only pointed out that you weren't paying any attention to what I was saying.
Randal: I hope it feels good.
Customer: You hope what feels good?
Randal: I hope it feels so good to be right. There is nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?
Customer: Well this is the last time I ever rent here...
Randal: You'll be missed.
Customer: Screw you!
[The customer storms out. Randal runs out into the street.]
Randal: Hey you're not allowed to rent here anymore!
Jay: Yeah!

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Mistakes

The "No Shoplifting" sign is gone when Randal sells cigarettes to the girl.

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Trivia

Kevin Smith wrote the part of Jay specifically for Jason Mewes, and based the character almost entirely off of him. Despite it being a nearly exact replica of himself, Jason was terrified at having to "act" it out in front of the camera. Kevin gave a months worth of lessons to Jason in how to act like Jason Mewes. They even had to get him drunk before almost every take just so he wouldn't tense up. He was so camera shy that during the scene where Jay and Silent Bob dance there are no crew members around. They had to turn the camera on, then everyone went into the RST Video so he could dance by himself.

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