Clerks was crap.
After disliking Mallrats so much, what did I expect, watching an even earlier Kevin Smith film? Glutton for punishment, I guess.
Neither Dante nor Randal present as well-formed characters. Randal’s dialogue, in particular, never comes across as realistic; not just being delivered like a swiftly memorized, passionless monologue but apparently written in the same way.
I still have Chasing Amy and Dogma in my Netflix queue. They are newer films, so Smith’s skills should be better, right? They can't get worse, can they? Can they?
Say Something Nice
I watched this in 5-10 minute chunks over the course of a month. (That it took me a month to finish it says something.) I have no problem doing that with most any movie; I have read comic books for thirty years, and they present a 22-page chunk of story once a month, unfolding over 4, 6, 12 months, so doing a movie that way over days or weeks is not much different. Clerks itself is very “chunked”, even with segment titles throughout, so it works even that much better viewed in pieces than most films will.