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REVIEW: Clerks

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve spent most of my life being the kind of guy who avoids seeing Clerks and other movies set in the View Askewniverse. I never found profanity itself amusing. If profanity is expected to make me laugh, then it should have something done with it. It can either be who’s doing the swearing, as in Kick-Ass, what context the swearing is in, like the works of Quentin Tarantino, or just sheer volume, as in Snatch. Swearing itself has never been funny to me–it’s just a part of language. Can you tell that I watched a lot of George Carlin growing up?

I finally saw Clerks the other day. It turns out that between the parts of the movie that have been quoted to death and beyond by everyone I’ve ever met, there’s actually a really good movie about growing a pair and taking charge of your life. I never knew. The guys aren’t swearing for the sake of swearing, they curse just like regular people do–to buy time to think of the rest of what you want to say. And it’s no wonder this movie has so much cursing, it has so little action as to be almost entirely static. Read more…