Do you ever stop to wonder if all the decisions you’ve made over the past twelve years were the right ones? Did they put you on the right path? Did you end up where you thought you would? Perhaps you disagree with John Lennon when he says, “there isn’t anywhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”
In Clerks II we catch up with Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and his pal Randall (Jeff Anderson) twelve years after we last saw them, working at the Quick Stop and wondering what life had to offer them. What are they doing now? The same thing — that is, until a fire in the opening scene forces them to do something else. What do they decide to do? Lacking any other experience they decide to become clerks at a local fast food restaurant called Mooby’s.
Unhappy with the situation, Dante decides he wants something else. He wants what other 33-year-olds have — a wife, kids, a house, and a good job. He almost has these things. He’s on the verge of leaving Mooby’s, Randall, and New Jersey far behind. What’s the catch? Marrying a controlling woman and being on the take from the woman’s parents — in essence exchanging freedom for possessions.
Clerks II does a great job of philosophizing about what makes us happy. Is it marriage, money, a career, prestige? Or is it just finding something you don’t mind doing and hanging out with your friends? Is one really better than the other?
So Clerks II examines some of life’s eternal questions, but did I also mention it’s hilarious? It is. It’s just about as funny as the first one, but maybe not as shocking. You know why it’s not as shocking? Clerks raised the bar for the bawdiest of bawdy talk in an R rated movie. It almost became the first movie to be given an NC-17 for language alone.