A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Gen X'ers here are not the best employees, and discussions about sexual promiscuity occur, but the characters search for life's meaning with surprising insight.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity depicted, but graphically discussed, usually via humor. Porn magazines are on display.
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Very strong language is used conversationally, but not violently.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some (one character smokes a cigarette, alcohol and drugs are discussed but not shown onscreen).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is more swearing in Clerks than at a convention of longshoremen. It's presented in the form of natural conversational rhythm, rather than as epithets. There are no depictions of sex, but it's discussed explicitly. Events and topics of note such as oral sex, masturbation, pornography, a death off screen, hermaphrodism, drinking, drugs, a child purchasing cigarettes, and an inadvertent case of necrophilia, make this film exceedingly inappropriate for kids under 17. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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