- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The “Clerks” sequel looks appropriately outrageous and tacky. In this clip alone, there are jokes about terrorism, Christianity and what appears to be a sexually graphic sight gag. All in a day’s work for writer-director Kevin Smith, a flash in the pan who, for some reason, still finds reasonably steady work.

The novelty of the first “Clerks” — hailing not too far from Monmouth County, N.J., lent it a certain charm for me — disappeared for me immediately after I saw the opening frame of Jim Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise” (1984). Once the look and tone of “Clerks” was revealed to be unoriginal, all that was left were the ironic pretensions of its dialogue — which ultimately doesn’t carry you much further artistically than “Dawson’s Creek.”

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