Elias is the geeky Christian who Randall torments whenever he can. Becky (Rosario Dawson) feels very real, right down to having actual stretch marks, as the sexy free spirit who somehow wound up managing Mooby's instead of living the dreams she's entitled to. Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach Smith) is suitably plastic and annoying as Dante's fiancé, and Dante and Randal continue the same childish, clingy yet undemonstrative friendship. Expect plenty of great squirm-inducing gags at the expense of their typical-male ways and Randal's dumbness. You'll also find yourself torn between sympathy for Randal, who stands to lose his friend, and Dante's need to be more than just a guy behind a burger counter. Yes, the schadenfreude and laughter flow like beer at a Rugby game.
Although the movie's pace changes more than the sound on stretched cassette tape (as it might on a day in real life) the final scene will not disappoint fans of the sublimely ridiculous. How do we describe this scene, without giving it away? Let's just say it explores the sexual relationship between soft-hearted men, girls, and horny donkeys and is (fortunately or unfortunately) unforgettable.
Clerks II will not feel as special as the first film - its time has passed and the things that seemed so odd and daring once have been absorbed into commercial comedy style. But it's still good for many laughs. Popcorn and slush puppy highly recommended as accessories, and, for the more archetypal Kevin Smith fans, as a substitute for a date.
- Jean Barker
Kevin Smith proves he's still cool with Clerks II - the sequel to his 1994 cult comedy. It's not as fresh as the original, but it's still good for a few laughs.
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