1. Clerks, 1994
2. Written by: Kevin Smith – Directed by: Kevin Smith – Produced by: Kevin Smith and Kevin Mosier – Distributed by: Miramax Films
3. I viewed this film from the comfort of my living room.
4. Target audience: definitely adults. This comedy is filled with foul language and raunchy topics/scenes… you know, all the usual filth that makes for a great comedy.
5. Clerks is easy to classify as an independent film as auteur Kevin Smith wrote, produced, directed and acted in this film. Additionally, the film was made with the minuscule budget of $27,000 and filmed in the convenience store where Smith worked at the time, in order to save money. Furthermore, Smith sold a large portion of his comic book collection, maxed out at least eight credit cards, dipped into his college fund and used insurance money from a car that was lost in a flood, in order to fund the film.
6. Film Description: It’s just another day in the life of Dante Hicks, a Quickstop employee who has been called into work, despite the fact that it’s his day off. However, being called into work on a Saturday is the least of his problems, as Dante is simultaneously trying to deal with still being enamored with his high school sweetheart, Caitlin, while also managing his current serious relationship with Veronica, a women with strong opinions and determination to get Dante out of Quickstop and into college. Then there’s Randall, Dante’s best friend who runs the video store next door and is even less dedicated to his job than Dante. The film unfolds over the course of this Saturday, as the audience watches Dante attempt to handle all that’s on his plate while also maintaining the Quickstop… will he succeed?
7. Technical Considerations: Shot in black-and-white film and roughly edited, in an attempt to save money, Clerks has a bit of a documentary feel to it. The plot isn’t based on big Hollywood action scenes and classical conventions, but rather Smith is simply capturing, on film, how Dante handles the stress of his daily life. The film lacks special effects and fancy scenery, instead focusing on the mundane reinforcing that this is just another day in the life of an average guy. Personally, I appreciated the minimalism used in filming the movie as it made it much easier to understand and empathize with Dante’s plight.