"I've watched this movie more times than any other."
This is the movie that started it for me.I'd never seen an indie before this (at least, not an indie by it's current definition), but it made me want to see more. I even travelled over 800 miles to see this movie. True story.
It's grainy. It's black and white. It's got a handful of actors playing multiple roles. Most of the action takes place around a convenience store in New Jersey.
But it's the way that people talk that draws you in. It's the dialogue that makes you think, "Jesus, they talk just like I do, instead of stupid movie one-liners." You identify with Dante and Randal being in dead end jobs, you may even be like them, making your job or duties at the job to be so much more epic than it is. You may know a couple of stoners just like Jay and Silent Bob. You probably swear as much as Randal.
That's the point. These are real people that you're supposed to identify with.
Shot on a shoestring budget (around $27,000) Clerks went on to make $3 million and change (or thereabouts), making it one of the most profitable films of 1994.
Admirable performances from actors with no major roles to their credit. This movie set the stage for the Ben Affleck's, the Jason Lee's, the Joey Lauren Adams'. And it put Jason Mewes on the fringe of being a household name.I don't care if it's in black and white. Go see it.