Clerks III (2022) – Movie Review

clerks III2022.

Written and directed by Kevin Smith.
Starring Jeff Anderson, Brian O’Halloran, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Rosario Dawson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Trevor Fehrman, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Austin Zajur, Justin Long, Harley Quinn Smith, Fred Armisen, Ben Affleck, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ralph Garman and Marc Bernardin.

SYNOPSIS:

Randal recruits Dante, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob after a heart attack to make a movie about the convenience store that started it all.

Everyone’s life is worthy of being a movie. That’s what writer/director Kevin Smith seems to believe, with a sequel decades later. clerks III centered on middle-aged Dante and Randal (still played by Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran, both markedly upgraded actors who bring their A-game here) making a movie about all the crazy and often juvenile nonsense they’ve said or seen . at the Quick Stop convenience store they manage.

clerks III aims to show what it would have been like if Dante and Randal had made these films, which could have resulted in a nostalgic and indulgent ride. Admittedly, there are times when Kevin Smith leans too far into this aspect, especially once the filming process gets underway and a good chunk of the middle section becomes a trip down memory lane. But he also has a personal reason for telling this story, whether it’s based on his experience with a heart attack or a real-life fight with Jeff Anderson that was eventually patched up (which is how and why this movie exists).

Dante and Randal still get a visit from Bible-thumper Elias (Trevor Fehrman), who now has his own quirky sidekick from Silent Bob (Austin Zajur). During an exchange about the stupidity of the NFTS crypto-comet, Randal falls to the ground and is rushed to the hospital, where he learns that he is having a heart attack. With his best friend Dante by his side, Randal’s insecurities and fears come to the fore as he contemplates mortality.

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Sure, there’s the usual expected crude humor, like Randal not wanting a nurse (Justin Long in one of the film’s many cameos) to shave his groin because he doesn’t want his best friend to find out he has a small penis. all the while he claims it’s huge. However, bits of dialogue like Randal question the point of being 40 years old and caring so passionately about nerd culture and whether it was a satisfying way to live life pierces like a bullet considering that super geek Kevin Smith possibly felt similarly. .

Randall survives, and the hospital staff tells Dante that he will have to be there for his friend. Naturally, a near-death experience mentally rewires someone, which means he’ll count on Dante to offer optimism and support. Randal describes the situation as if his life flashed before his eyes, hence the idea of ​​translating all these wild and incredible convenience store encounters into cinematic arts. At times, it seems that Kevin Smith is justifying his decision to do clerks first of all, but he’s also drawing on something honest and sincere about a path he’s traveled.

Dante wants to help, but he is also alone again in life. He has been following a tragic accident that took the life of Becky (Rosario Dawson, who appears in truly awkward fantasy sequences where she interacts with Dante and offers him advice). As such, there are plenty of memories he doesn’t want to relive, which adds another fascinating twist to the dialogue surrounding this midlife crisis cinematic effort.

It also becomes increasingly irritating for Dante to bend over backwards for Randal, who quickly becomes self-centered, demanding, and rude to his best friend. There’s also an audition segment that’s nothing more than an excuse to provide over a dozen hilarious cameos for Kevin Smith regulars.

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The movie itself is consistently funny, finding humor in the situation while also bringing back fan-favorite characters (Jay and Silent Bob, once again played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, are also involved in the making). of filming with the latter giving a harrowing tirade about cinematography and artistic integrity). However, while heartfelt and ultimately moving, the end of the game (see, I also got pop culture references, Kevin Smith) involves a rushed third act with back-and-forth character behavior that weakens the emotional impact.

clerks III It’s also a movie that sets its opening credits to My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome to the Black Parade,’ so even if it’s rough and tumble, there’s a brightly-suited, cheery soundtrack to the ensuing antics and endearing bromance. Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran are fantastic, eliciting laughs while also cutting through the dramatic, existential core of these adorably rude characters. It is more in quality with return of the jedi that the return of the kingbut I don’t think Kevin Smith had it any other way either.

Flashing Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also the reviews editor for Flickering Myth. Check here for new reviews, follow my Twitter or Letterboxd, or email me at [email protected]

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