Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Outrageous Fun, Language to Match

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Outrageous Fun, Language to Match

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"CLERKS" Rating: R, very strong language, and a lot of it. Running time: 1:30.

IF you have ever called a movie critic to complain about the obscene language in a film he or she recommended - you know, the conversation that begins "Listen, Mr. Barnes, I'm not a prude, but . . ." - please do us both a favor. Do not see "Clerks."

And if you do see it, consider yourself warned. "Clerks" contains an astonishing amount of language that many people find offensive. Let me put it this way: By comparison to "Clerks," "Pulp Fiction" is "Sesame Street." The language is so integral a part of the fabric of "Clerks" that it is impossible to imagine the movie ever being edited for network TV.

On the other hand, I never thought I would see Dennis Franz's bare butt on network TV. Luckily, "Clerks" is a lot funnier than Dennis Franz's butt.

If you are still with me - consider this review to be a very mild litmus test for the movie itself - you might think, as I do, that "Clerks" is hilarious, one of the most outrageously funny movies to come along in years.

This low-low-low-budget independent film tells the story of a couple of slackers who work in a New Jersey convenience store and in the adjoining video-rental outlet.

It was directed by young Kevin Smith, who actually worked as a clerk in the convenience store from 6 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 10:30 p.m. every day, then closed the doors and filmed all night. It was made for $27,000 and, as another critic has remarked, looks like it cost a lot less.

Much to Smith's surprise, "Clerks" won a major award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, was picked up by Miramax (distributor of "Pulp Fiction" and "The Piano") and is finally getting here.

The holdup, I suspect, was because "Clerks" is very much a Delmar Loop kind of movie, and would have been perfect to re-open the renovated Tivoli. …

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