Clerks II

 
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More crude banter about sex, movies, drugs.
  • Review Date: November 27, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

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).

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:July 21, 2006
DVD release date: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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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 language. However, although Clerks II is a gross out comedy, it is heartfelt and good intentioned in the end, and, depending on the maturity of the child, is generally appropriate for kids entering high school: the language some kids use and hear is about equal to the content in the film.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
 

Awful!

This movie contains alot of drug use. Selling of drugs. Language is a HUGE issue! f-word is used alot! Show Emma's boobs and Jay's penis is tucked between his legs!eew! No one under 19 should watch this!
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 the original. However, for a new generation, that means new levels of raunchiness, and Clerks II most certainly goes far over the top to borderline bad taste. However, that's what makes it and the original film so funny. In this one, clerks Dante and Randall are working at a fast food restaurant. It's Dante's last day before moving away from NJ to live in Florida with his new wife. The employees, lead by Randall, decide to give him a good time. Sex: Non-stop sexual references, ranging from mild to very graphic. A few characters draw mildly graphic sexual pictures. A woman flashes another man, no nudity. A scene spoofing The Silence of the Lambs shows full frontal male nudity, though genitals not visible. A very graphic and possibly offensive scene near the end shows the characters hosting a "donkey show" in the restaurant in which a man has sex with a donkey off-screen on a stage. Violence: None. Language: Non-stop strong language including some racial slurs. Substance Abuse: Some smoking, little to no drinking. Characters Jay and Silent Bob sell drugs in one scene. Intensity: Not intense, but could be seen as highly offensive.

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