The ONLY thing this movie has going for it is nostalgia (which is at its best in the opening credits). And that’s not enough to save it from being the piece of shit that it is. Horrible dialogue and acting. Not funny or heartwarming or emotional. Clerks 2 and 3 just don’t need to exist, but the first Clerks is such an incredible standalone film and cultural phenomenon that nothing will ever ruin it, so that’s good at least.
I definitely liked this more on rewatch now that I could come in with more realistic expectations. The entire atmosphere and tone is so great. The fall vibe, the music, the mix between comedy and creepiness. I think it starts and ends super strongly but gets a little lost in the middle because of the episodic format and certain plot lines just not being that interesting. Greg is a great character.
This represents a year’s worth of time and energy getting a movie made from the initial idea to the final edit.
Over the summer, I came up with this story as something we could actually shoot with all the practical considerations in mind, and I started writing the script at the end of July. When fall semester started, there were a couple weeks of uncertainty as to whether we’d actually shoot this, but we powered through and eventually began production…
This does not seem to be a very divisive movie at all, which is why I’m so surprised that this is in the running for my least favorite movie. Honestly that makes me hate it even more than something everyone already thinks is bad. The only reason I didn’t turn it off (and I came so close so many times) was because I was genuinely interested in finishing it to see if I could call it my least favorite movie…