7.8/10
191,880
630 user 133 critic

Clerks (1994)

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
2,696 ( 571)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Clerks II (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A calamity at Dante and Randal's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire Mooby's.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson
Mallrats (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck
Chasing Amy (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee
Dogma (1999)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson
Red State (2011)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman
Clerks (2000–2001)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The continuing adventures of clerks Dante and Randal, who try to make the best of their menial labor, with no help from Jay and Silent Bob.

Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey
Jersey Girl (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro
Office Space (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Jay
...
...
...
Al Berkowitz ...
Old Man
...
Ed Hapstak ...
Lee Bendick ...
David Klein ...
Pattijean Csik ...
Ken Clark ...
Administer of Fine / Orderly
Edit

Storyline

Dante Hicks is not having a good day. He works as a clerk in a small convenience store and is told to come into work on his day off. Dante thinks life is a series of down endings and this day is proving to no different. He reads in the newspaper that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin is getting married. His present girlfriend reveals to have somewhat more experience with sex that he ever imagined. His principal concerns are the hockey game he has that afternoon and the wake for a friend who died. His buddy Randal Graves works as a clerk in the video store next and he hates his job just about as much as Dante hates his. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

[Christmas theme] Jingle bells, the bathroom smells, the coffee's cold and stale. We're overworked and underpaid but it keeps us out of jail. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R on appeal for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 November 1994 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Clerks  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$27,575 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,665, 12 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,151,130
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (extended)

Sound Mix:

| (original Sundance cut)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Smith worked in the store where they shot the film. They shot for 21 straight nights. He would clock in at 6am and finish at 11pm. They would then shoot till 4am, after which he would try to grab an hour or two's sleep before getting ready to go back to work. See more »

Goofs

Dante is asked if he was at the store around 4 o'clock and replies yes when he is being fined for selling cigarettes to a minor. However, in the previous scene, both he and Randal are at the funeral home at 4 o'clock. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dante Hicks: [phone rings and Dante falls out of a closet] Hello. What? No, I don't work today. I'm playing hockey at two.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma" See more »


Soundtracks

Making Me Sick
Written by Tommy Stinson (as T. Stinson), G. Gershunoff, R. Bradbury
Performed by Bash & Pop
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Clerks.: 8/10
2 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Everyone has to start somewhere. Kevin Smith started his popular Jay and Silent Bob series with Clerks., a $50,000 film whose soundtrack cost more than the actual movie cost to make. It's poorly done, it's monochromatic (which actually works to its advantage), it's cheap, but it's funny, and that's all that really counts. The story is more than I thought it would be, and it's continuously funny throughout the whole short runtime. Many of the crude adventures of Dante and Randal are now legendary.

Dante (Brian O'Halloran) works at the Quick Stop convenience store. He's called in on a day off. His friend Randal (Jeff Anderson) works next door at a video store, but sporadically closes it to hang out at the Quick Stop. Throughout the day, various things occur, such as a gum representative trying to get people to stop smoking and chew his gum, a rabbi using the employee's bathroom (with an unexpected twist at the end), disrupting a wake, and the now-classic scene at the video store with "Happy Scrappy Hero Pup".

This movie has non-stop humor going for it. Whether it's Dante's or Randal's confrontations with the unruly customers (who seem over-the-top yet regular), their conversations about nothing (especially Star Wars), or their departures from their respective stores to play hockey or whatnot. I can see that Clerks. is to minimum wage earners as Office Space is to office workers. Dante's always a little timid when it comes to dealing with the unruly customers, but when Randal takes the stage, it's a lot funnier.

Although the parts about Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) and Cairlin (Lisa Spoonhauer) weren't that interesting (except for the 36...make that 37 people), they were necessary, and seemed to create a plot out of this, basically, sketch comedy. It succeeded, and turned it into a great all around film. Most of these people had never acted before, and although it does seem like they're just reciting their lines (there's almost no break in between the dialogue), they do a good job at it. Sometimes it seems a little too scripted (for voice and diction, etc.), but for a bunch of first-timers, it's not bad at all.

Considering the rest of the series (besides Mallrats, which I haven't seen), I'd say Clerks. is close with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back for the funniest Kevin Smith movie. They're also the two crudest, and the first and last in the series, respectively. But Clerks. will always stay as it was when it was released 10 years ago-revolutionary. It showed that money and action aren't important to make a movie funny.

My rating: 8/10

Rated R for extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue.


50 of 73 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 630 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017

"The IMDb Show" connects the dots between IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017 and unwraps some of the most memorable and festive animated holiday specials.

Watch now