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July 24, 2006

Clerks II - 6

Kevin Smith is one of the few directors in which I have seen all of his films (and almost in the order in which they came out). His intentional crassness and offensiveness to me is just funny. Often times it is actually in the context of a reasonable intelligent joke. Smith is really good with making fun of Christianity because he knows it so well. This film is the only true sequel, his other films have some of the same characters and reference each other, but this film takes place 10 years after the first and continues to follow Randal and Dante who have are now working at Mooby's. What is really interesting about this film is that it is one of the only films out there that is about friendship, rather than romantic hook-ups. The climax of the film is when Randall and Dante reveal their true feelings about where their relationship is going and what the future might look like. While there are the obligatory homosexuality jokes, this is a real and committed relationship between two guys that want the best for each other. Like all of Smith's film - viewing them is an exercise in the art of paying attention. There may be more meaning in the silence than in the noise. (Read Paul's review here).

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