Review by Ross Anthony

A black and white picture that tells the slice of life story of a convenient store clerk and next-shop-over pal, a video store clerk.

These actors ramble about life, meaning, hockey, and babes. Writer/Director Kevin Smith takes his cast and dives headlong into a script so full of words that it probably rivals the telephone book in size. Fortunately, it's a heck of a lot more interesting ... so much so that the words pull more weight in this production than the finesse of the actors. In fact, it's more like a staged reading where apprentice performers are given a week to memorize all those lines and then only a take or two to get it right on film.

Ragged, crude, rude, but full of gut despite it's lack of color; "Clerks" is a strong student piece and a stepping stone for a talented filmmaker.

Excerpt from the film's website (
"Clerks was made for $27,575. It was mainly funded by 10 credit cards that Kevin had to his name, funds garnered from store credit after he sold his comic book collection, a family donation, and paychecks from working at the Quick Stop and RST Video. Clerks was filmed using a 16mm Arri SR-2 camera and utilized Kodak Plus-X film."

  • Clerks. Copyright © 1994.
  • Starring Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith.
  • Written and Directed by Kevin Smith.
  • Produced by Smith at View Askew.


Copyright © 2000. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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