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By Lorrie Palmer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Low language, high philosophy, and low budget.

Movie R 1994 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

Rated R for strong language and sexual content

Lots of swearing and sexual dialogue.
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Clerks is structured episodically, driven more by dialogue than plot, and the acting is a bit amateurish at times. But when dialogue like Randall's monologues -- piercing and brutally fresh –- are presented to the audience, all is forgiven. In addition to the Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance, Clerks also won the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes. Not bad for a low-budget ($27,000) independent feature by a writer/director/editor/producer/actor from Jersey.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 19, 1994
  • On DVD or streaming: June 29, 1999
  • Cast: Brian O'Halloran , Jason Mewes , Jeff Anderson
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: appeal for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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