Welcome to this week’s review from The Bargain Bin! This week’s selection was impossible to pass up for a mere five bucks. There are movies in The Bargain Bin ranging from Ghost Dad to Goodfellas and there are different reasons for not reviewing either of the aforementioned DVD’s. Although I am a fan of Bill Cosby, I just can’t imagine sitting in front of my TV long enough to watch Ghost Dad. I mean, Ghost Dad could be 20 minutes long and still, I couldn’t see myself making it through the first five minutes. Yet, this being The Bargain Bin, you never know if Ghost Dad might make its way into the mix, a long-shot but possible, if only because of the potential for absolute crappiness. Sometimes you have to put your personal tastes second when digging for a movie to review from The Bin. Goodfellas, on the other hand, I think we all know, is a great movie and although I would love to buy Goodfellas for a steal at five bucks, Goodfellas is just too good to review for a segment titled ‘The Bargain Bin!” Reviewing Goodfellas from The Bargain Bin would be like coming across No Country for Old Men in The Bin, which I have, and reviewing it just because No Country for Old Men is such an amazing film. In other words, there are many great movies that cannot be reviewed for The Bargain Bin segment and there are many horrible movies that may be reviewed but whether good movie or bad movie, which of course is a matter of opinion, there has to be a certain rhyme and reason that suits the character of the “It Came from the Bargain Bin!” segment. This week’s pick from The Bin, although a very good movie, it most definitely suits the personality of The Bargain Bin review piece. This week’s review from The Bargain Bin is the 1994 indie film written and directed by Kevin Smith………
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Starring: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith
Reviewer: Joe Sikes
Welcome to a day in the lives of Quick Stop convenience store clerk Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and RST video store clerk Randall Graves (Jeff Anderson). Woken up by a morning phone call from his employer, Dante receives the unfortunate news that his services are needed at the store that day due to an employee who has called out. Dante is assured that his employer will be in by noon, thus still giving Dante the opportunity to play in the hockey game at two o’clock. Although Dante’s morning may be ruined, there is still a chance that the rest of his day will be one of leisure……….so he thinks.
As soon as Dante’s day begins at the Quick Stop he discovers that it is not the day to be working behind the counter at the store that seems to be a magnet for bad news and happenings that Dante could do without. Luckily for Dante, he has his good buddy Randal working next door at the RST video store. Unfortunately, Randal, as good a friend as he may be, tends to add stress to Dante’s already stressful day. You see, Randal has a hatred for most of the customers at the Quick Stop and the RST video store and he has no problem with expressing his discontent in ways that, although may be hilarious, you could say angers the patrons and in-turn stresses out Dante. Adding to Dante’s anxiety are customers like the chewing gum representative who rouses cigarette customers to the point of a near anti-smoking riot resulting in Dante being pelted with cigarettes and the two loitering idiots who go by the names of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) who curse out patrons and sell drugs in the parking lot all day. Although indeed stressful, the customers are the least of Dante’s concerns. Dante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) soon admits to him that she has sucked thirty six dicks…not including his, resulting in a hilarious argument in the store. Like the news of his girlfriend’s fellatio achievements isn’t enough, Dante also finds out that his ex-girlfriend has passed resulting in a memorable visit to her wake by Dante and his buddy Randal. On top of all of the previously mentioned stresses, Dante also hears that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin Bree (Lisa Spoonauer), whom he still has feelings for, is engaged to marry an Asian Design major from her school. All of these personal tragedies and Dante isn’t even supposed to be at work today! Can a Star Wars conversation, a twelve minute hockey game and wise words from Silent Bob of all people, shed some much needed light on Dante’s day from hell? You will have to watch Clerks and see now won’t you.
Clerks is the film that launched writer/director/actor, Kevin Smith’s career. Made for a mere twenty seven thousand dollars, Clerks brought in over three million dollars. Not bad for a black and white indie film that was filmed in three weeks and largely paid for through funds that Kevin Smith acquired by selling his comic book collection, maxing out his credit cards, utilizing funds meant to pay for his college education, and the insurance money he received after losing his car in a flood. The film Clerks, much like The Blair Witch Project, is an example of what is possible if you have somewhat decent financial means, family and friends who are willing to be in your film that may or may not succeed, and the talent and know-how to put a movie together. There are a number of laugh out loud moments, mostly provided by Jeff Anderson as Randal and Jason Mewes as Jay but what really drives Clerks is the wit and biting humor of the dialog. I give Clerks 2 and a 1/2 out of 3 Guys. See you next week with another review from The Bargain Bin!