Whatever's happened to Kevin Smith in the last 15 years—bland studio comedies, misjudged horror movies, a truly bizarre crusade against press screenings—his debut lived up to the hype and more, with a fresh mixture of dirty jokes, wit, and observation. Predating Apatow, its enduring comedy is not raunch but character—Clerks' microcosm is as humanly drawn as that of any natural writer. And he did it on $28,000.
Here is another example of a director who makes a great first film, and then just pisses it all away. It's 2010 and he didn't even bother to learn the craft and ends up making a fool out of himself when he's dealing with actors who are professionals and know their craft. It's just lazy.
Just saw the sequel. Think it's even better, I love Kevin Smith's work, Zack & Miri make a porno was abnormally hilarious, Dogma was really funny but also smart. Too bad Cop Out sucked but that was probably because he didn't write the story on that one, he only directed.
I always thought the charm of Clerks and Kevin Smith's films is that he sort of created himself a suburban fantasy land where he could spin stories off of and create a whole mythos for.
Really, its like creating something out of nothing....