Clerks II

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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More crude banter about sex, movies, drugs.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Best friends worry and argue over one's impending marriage; man admits cheating on his fiancee; characters taunt each other, dirty food they're selling, purchase a human-animal sex performance via the Internet; jokes about religion (especially Christianity).

Violence

Store burns down at start of film; knee to the crotch.

Sex

Incessant sexual allusions, including crude slang for genitals and sex acts; a shot of full frontal male nudity, with penis tucked between legs; a hired performance (sex with a donkey) serves as joke/climax; explicit tongue-kissing; discussion of one-time unsafe sex (resulting in pregnancy); naked bottom (mooning); long discussion of "a-- to mouth" sex act.

Language

Over 130 f-words, plus other obscenities and sexual slang.

Consumerism

Song lyrics refer to Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, McDonald's.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jay and Silent Bob sell drugs and smoke dope; mentions of weed, coke, heroin; characters smoke cigarettes and drink liquor (Eli is drunk at end).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is not for kids. The dialogue is rife with obscenities (over 130 f-words, to start), as well sexual talk (including references to oral sex, bestiality, masturbation, homosexuality, and pornography) and brief images (tongue-kissing, visual suggestion of a man about to masturbate and then penetrate a donkey). A fast-food clerk urinates and puts flies in customer's food. Characters are arrested for hiring/watching a bestiality act.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 12, and 15 year old Written bycab87670 March 13, 2011

Funny but not for kids

Clerks II is a great sequel to the 1994 indie comedy Clerks. Its funny, raw and entertaining for adults who liked the first film. However, this is not for kid...
Adult Written bydaniel.nicholas... July 22, 2009

Hilarious movie about clerks. 16+

Hilarious movie, but completely inappropriate for most teens. Lots of f-words, and other such profanity. Scene involving "inter-species erotica" (a.k.... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byyost820 April 9, 2008

A fun, witty, somewhat heartfelt film

First of all, Clerks II was innapropriate: the language used was explicit, and the sexual content was semi innapropriate, although mostly implied through langua... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byitsrainingfrogs July 14, 2014

Hilarious, almost funnier than the original, but VEEEERY far from PC

Kevin Smith's original Clerks is a cult classic and a hilarious movie, and the sequel follows in it's footsteps and is as funny if not funnier than th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Like the first movie (href="/reviews/review.php?id=3844&type=Video%2FDVD"> Clerks), the sequel takes place over one day. Now in their 30s, Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) work at a fast food joint, where Randal mentors younger coworker Eli (Trevor Fehrman) about sex and movies. Dante is engaged to Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach) and about to move to Florida to work for her father, and also attracted to his current boss at Mooby's, Becky (Rosario Dawson). The sequel focuses on conversation -- speedy, competitive banter. As before, Dante and Randal spar energetically, while other characters are shaped in lively language, including Jay (Jason Mewes) and (mostly) Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), and the briefly appearing customers played by Wanda Sykes, Jason Lee, and Ben Affleck. When Randal gives Dante a farewell party with a sex-with-a-donkey show, Eli drinks too much, the cops show up, Emma and Becky face off, and the clerks plus Jay and Silent Bob end up in a jail cell, where Dante and Randal finally find a way to make their friendship work.

Is it any good?

Essentially repeating the successful formula of the original, CLERKS II expands the universe of its titular heroes to include marriage and children. That's not to say that Dante and Randal grow up, exactly. But they are in their 30s now, and at least thinking about rethinking their life choices. It's telling that Emma does not engage in the film's many pithy, earnest debates over movies, sexual positions, religion, racism, and romantic love versus pragmatic life choices.

This last is the primary point of connection and contention between Becky and Dante, unable to admit they're in love with each other, even as each dreads his move to Florida with Emma. He displaces his worry onto being able to dance at his wedding, which allows for a surprisingly charming sequence (in sharp contrast to Randal's twisted farewell party). Becky teaches Dante to dance as a boombox plays the Jackson Five's "ABC" on Mooby's roof. The music touches everyone, leading to a sweetly choreographed group number.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "buddy movie" genre. Why do so many films celebrate the slacker lifestyle and men behaving immaturely? Are these characters likeable? They can also talk about the movie's over-the-top gross-out humor and where the line is between silly and offensive.

Movie details

  • In theaters: July 21, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: November 28, 2006
  • Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: for pervasive sexual and crude content including aberrant sexuality, strong language and some drug material.

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