Clerks (1994)

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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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Dante: My girlfriend's sucked 37 dicks!
Customers: In a row?

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Trivia: Kevin Smith wrote the part of Jay specifically for Jason Mewes, basing the character almost entirely on him. Despite the 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. The crew turned the camera on, then everyone went into the RST Video so he could dance by himself.

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Question: Regarding the scene with the highly offended customer, is the actor deliberately hamming it up, or is he just a bad actor?


Answer: I think it's a combination of both of those. He's played by Walt Flanagan, who also plays three other characters in the movie. Flanagan was a friend of Kevin Smith who filled in for several roles. He's definitely playing the part a little hammy... but I also think some of his reactions are a little off because it was (obviously) his first film, and he was inexperienced. (Though to be fair, he appeared in similar small roles in several other Smith films, and his acting improved over time).


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