Clerks is a 1994 American black and white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. Starring Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson as the two store clerks. It is about a day in the lives of two store clerks and their acquaintances.
Having worked in a video store for several years (1995 – 1997), when customers asked for a good comedy, I always suggested Clerks. Perhaps I liked Clerks because I could relate to it? Or found Clerks to be my type of comedy? Either way, for a first time film maker, Clerks was an excellent start to Kevin Smiths career.
Looking back at Kevin Smiths current movie achievements, he has done very well. (Although there are a couple of exceptions: Vulgar and Tusk. YIKES!!) Clerks was my introduction to Kevin Smith and til this day, believe Clerks to be Kevin Smiths best movie, closely followed by Mallrats. Clerks was added to my personal DVD collection as soon as I found the spare change. Like most of Kevin Smiths DVDs, it has an informative commentary. Clerks is most certainly worth adding to your personal movie collection, provided you find this type of humour funny.
Ann found it remarkable to see Kevin Smith’s potential in Clerks and loved Mallrats. His story as a director from a non-film making background is an interesting tale in itself. In Clerks, Ann particularly liked Jay & Silent Bob’s characters.
The characters of Jay and Silent Bob share the lead with Brodie and TS. Starring Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannon Doherty, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Brian O’Halloran, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.
Initially I was more partial towards Clerks than Mallrats, but after introducing Mallrats to my housemates in Arizona, they loved Mallrats. After a while, Mallrats grew on me. Ann loved Mallrats, specifically the pairing of Jason Lee (What a find) and Shannon Doherty. Jeremy London gets a nod from Ann too.
Is Mallrats worth adding to your personal movie collection? Absolutely. The DVD commentary is quite interesting. If you can find the time to watch both Clerks and Mallrats, make it a Saturday night double feature. You can’t go wrong.
We hope you enjoyed listening to the Sound of Movies – Clerks and Mallrats episode. This podcast was broadcast from the Gippsland FM studios on Saturday October 10th at 12pm. If you have any questions about the Sound of Movies, please feel free to contact either Ashley Wincer or Ann Pulbrook by e-mail. You can follow the Sound of Movies on Facebook, Twitter or on iTunes. Thank-you.