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Clerks II (3 stars)

(15) 97min

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COMEDY

‘With no power comes no responsibility,’ declares the tagline on the poster for Clerks II, neatly summarising the minimal progress made by Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randall (Jeff Anderson) as they leave behind their jobs as time wasting convenience store workers to become time wasting fast food operatives in this sequel. Despite the unpretentious directness of his 1994 original, writer/director Kevin Smith’s blue collar credentials didn’t quite click with audiences in high-profile projects like Dogma or Jersey Girl, but Clerks II pitches him back to the familiar New Jersey ambience he understands best. Despite some soppy romance with boss Becky (Rosario Dawson) and a well choreographed musical sequence set to The Jackson Five’s ‘ABC’, Clerks II is strongest when it mines Williamson’s now familiar rich seam of filth. There’s irreverent abuse hurled at sacred cows in almost every scene, splattering targets as diverse as Helen Keller, Anne Frank, and animal sex practitioners - ‘We like to call it inter-species erotica,’ retorts one game performer before copulating with an unruffled donkey in the film’s oddly endearingly and irresponsible finale.

General release from Fri 22 Sep.

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