Monday, July 24, 2006
Ice, ice, baby
So the best thing I can say about Clerks 2 is that the theater I saw it in had air-conditioning. Nah, that's kind of a sick burn. What I really mean to say is that there were a few funny parts, lots of bad acting and not much of a plot. Pretty much like the first one. Although the original does benefit from the nostaglia filter. Plus, the first film had the benefit of low-budget low expectations and underdog appeal.
My favorite scene in the new release is when Randal disses the LotR film trilogy, since I was one of the few immune to its charms (and can claim some street cred from having loved J.R.R.'s books). And I have to give a shout-out to Jason Mewes as Jay for his irresistible screen persona, even more impressive after reading about his crazy personal history in Entertainment Weekly.
The best test of the sequel will be how many quotable lines survive the test of time. Something tells me there's nothing in it that will top the original. For example, this classic line from the first film:
Dante, to a customer who has gotten his hand stuck in a can of Pringles:
"A word of advice, my friend. Sometimes you gotta let those hard-to-reach chips go."
My rumor of Jon Stewart's decline was greatly exaggerated. You need only watch this clip of him animatedly ribbing CNN on its use of question marks in its headline graphics regarding the nightmare that is Lebanon in the cross-fire.