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Here in one volume are two screenplays by Kevin Smith, one of today's most original filmmakers. Clerks was the independent film success story of 1994, winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics Week Award at Cannes, and the Filmmakers' Trophy at Sundance. Set in the everyday world of a New Jersey QuickStop and its adjacent video store, the film revolves Here in one volume are two screenplays by Kevin Smith, one of today's most original filmmakers. Clerks was the independent film success story of 1994, winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics Week Award at Cannes, and the Filmmakers' Trophy at Sundance. Set in the everyday world of a New Jersey QuickStop and its adjacent video store, the film revolves around the obsessions, love lives, and friendships of the clerks. Janet Maslin of the New York Time called it "a buoyant comedy...and exuberant display of ingenuity," and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times raves, "Clerks is boisterous and irreverently funny...an example of what is best and most hopeful about the American independent film scene."


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Here in one volume are two screenplays by Kevin Smith, one of today's most original filmmakers. Clerks was the independent film success story of 1994, winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics Week Award at Cannes, and the Filmmakers' Trophy at Sundance. Set in the everyday world of a New Jersey QuickStop and its adjacent video store, the film revolves Here in one volume are two screenplays by Kevin Smith, one of today's most original filmmakers. Clerks was the independent film success story of 1994, winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the International Critics Week Award at Cannes, and the Filmmakers' Trophy at Sundance. Set in the everyday world of a New Jersey QuickStop and its adjacent video store, the film revolves around the obsessions, love lives, and friendships of the clerks. Janet Maslin of the New York Time called it "a buoyant comedy...and exuberant display of ingenuity," and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times raves, "Clerks is boisterous and irreverently funny...an example of what is best and most hopeful about the American independent film scene."

30 review for Clerks & Chasing Amy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Carlin

    Good scripts, even if they come off a bit like Gen X time capsules from the mid-nineties independent-film scene. Clerks takes me back to my own days working the counter of a video store adjacent to a comic shop (I'm of the same generation), and Chasing Amy has some unusually emotionally honest things to say about male insecurity. It was fun to revisit these stories and characters after all these years, especially on the page, where Kevin Smith's voice is at its purest, but it mostly just made me Good scripts, even if they come off a bit like Gen X time capsules from the mid-nineties independent-film scene. Clerks takes me back to my own days working the counter of a video store adjacent to a comic shop (I'm of the same generation), and Chasing Amy has some unusually emotionally honest things to say about male insecurity. It was fun to revisit these stories and characters after all these years, especially on the page, where Kevin Smith's voice is at its purest, but it mostly just made me better appreciate how glad I am to have moved on from that time in my own life. It's kinda like seeing old friends from high school or college: You're happy enough to bump into them again, but not exactly looking to resume the "good old days." In the words of Clerks' Randal Graves: "Let the past be the past."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Realini

    Chasing Amy, starring, written and directed by Kevin Smith Nine out of 10 This is remarkable, amusing, provocative romantic comedy that has quite a few scenes, developments that could make for some uneasy moments for the audience and if a viewer were conservative, evangelical or fundamentalist in any other way, he or she would hate it. Ben Affleck is mostly very good in the leading role of Holden McNeil, although there are points where he can seem wooden, artificial, and inappropriate perhaps, but Chasing Amy, starring, written and directed by Kevin Smith Nine out of 10 This is remarkable, amusing, provocative romantic comedy that has quite a few scenes, developments that could make for some uneasy moments for the audience and if a viewer were conservative, evangelical or fundamentalist in any other way, he or she would hate it. Ben Affleck is mostly very good in the leading role of Holden McNeil, although there are points where he can seem wooden, artificial, and inappropriate perhaps, but overall, this is such an extraordinary production that we can pass by that. The main character is a comic book author, rather successful together with his best friend, Banky Edwards aka the excellent Jason Lee, a personage that has some disputes, early and then later in the motion picture, with those who accuse him of just copying the material that his fiend had created. These friends seem to have a great time together, albeit the subconscious of Banky might be entertaining a different version of reality, while he makes many “dick jokes” and manifests as a homophobe, there is another subtle, deeper version of him that is the opposite of what this young man projects. They meet the stupendous, flamboyant, courageous, flaunting Alyssa Jones, portrayed with talent, aplomb, ardor by Joey Lauren Adams, winner of prizes for this role and nominated for a golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her outstanding work. Alyssa is called to sing on stage and she does a tremendous job, with lyrics that speak of attraction and love, while looking towards the place where Holden, who had just met and talked to her, sits. Alas, the shock is that when the performer calls for the person she had just sung about, the want she wants so much, she refers not our hero, who was so elated, enthused and proud of this conquest, but the woman who had been standing next to him all this time. Next, four people sit at the same table, where the sensuous Alyssa is kissing her companion, talking about the coming night of pleasure, while Holden is sulking and his friend, intrigued, titillated, curious, keeps asking questions and provoking this lesbian woman. He is puzzled, overwhelmed actually by the fact that she is so free, open about her sexuality and then they compare notes so to say, speaking about accidents that had happened and had left marks on their bodies – in one instance, the woman, who was just a teenager at the time, was drunk and having sex – eating the pussy – with a partner, when she fell asleep and the other girl kicked her so hard that the sign is still on her chest. Another event, took place when she was doing the same thing, kneeling on the ground while the other was inside a car, where she kicked the park brake and the car started moving down the hill, cutting seriously into the leg of the hanging lover. Banky has his own stories, mentioning just one, wherein he has changed his cunnilingus tactics and his girlfriend is so enthused that she grasps his ears and he cannot hear anymore, thus, when her father unexpectedly returns home, he is unaware and the man pulls him by the hair so hard that the poor character cannot move his head from one point on. Holden and Alyssa become good friends, going out and talking about their past, experiences and debating on various issues, including the question of sex between women, how that means for the man that his interlocutor is still a virgin, since she says she does not use strap-ons… There are some exchanges that, although they are colorful, interesting, enticing for some audiences, the aforementioned Taliban public would label as inspired by Satan, condemnable and so on, like the moment when the lesbian pulls out her tongue to prove that this is not a small organ, to be dismissed as an inappropriate instrument in penetration. Alyssa claims she has had no coitus with a man, but she is no longer a virgin, for apart from the tongue, she explains with gestures, showing the orifice in question, then one and a few fingers entering it, to the dismay of the man, who has to be told: look, we are conceived to let a whole baby go through that. One night, after they have become such excellent platonic friends, Holden stops the car, declares his absolute love for her, which she reciprocates after a few minutes of fight over it, with a spectacular period of enchanting paradise ensuing, until Banky hears some gossip about the teenage Alyssa having intercourse with two men at the same time. In the first place, our modern Romeo dismisses the accusations, then becomes haunted by them and confronts his lover at a hockey match, where she unexpectedly confirms the gossip, stands up to the man who knew she had slept with “half the women of New York” and had no problem with that, but once he learns about one experiment is ready to deny her. There is more to say about this out of the box script, where some rather extreme situations are explored, with the main point made by the heroine that she has been in a family where she has not been given a map, she has been looking for love – perhaps in the sense explained by Plato, with the metaphor of the separated halves of the same sphere, which keep looking for each other. She says that she has decided not to exclude one half of the population, meaning women, has been a lesbian for most of her life, but has met Holden, who is everything she has ever wanted, but she had not known it, so she has tried everything, including the ménage a trois that her lover is so horrified by. The name and the significance of the film are given by Silent Bob played by the writer- director of the film, who tells his own tale of the perfect woman, called Amy that tells him her history and then he rejects her, even if he would realize that she was the girl for him, the other half of the perfect sphere. Chasing Amy is a wonderful feature.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan Monty

    Kevin Smith has always been one of my favorite writers. Why? He doesn't give a [email protected]*# that's why. I love his Jay and Silent Bob stuff. Clerks had some hilarious moments, but Chasing Amy truly was written beautifully. Kevin Smith has always been one of my favorite writers. Why? He doesn't give a [email protected]*# that's why. I love his Jay and Silent Bob stuff. Clerks had some hilarious moments, but Chasing Amy truly was written beautifully.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eckerbee

    So much favorite-ness going on for these two scripts, so much of the much! It's a heavy-in-order time capsule for sure that takes me to my granny's era where I try to understand the big learn. So much favorite-ness going on for these two scripts, so much of the much! It's a heavy-in-order time capsule for sure that takes me to my granny's era where I try to understand the big learn.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abbas Saleem Khan

    My two favorite screenplays from the 90s. Smith's use of free-flowing dialogue is him at his best. My two favorite screenplays from the 90s. Smith's use of free-flowing dialogue is him at his best.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Loved both scripts. Brilliant writing that makes me laugh out loud just reading it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steven Logan

    Funny, thought provoking, and heart warming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John

    I don't know why I have this book. I think I originally thought I was going to read them and then that would teach me how to write screenplays, but I neglected the most important thing about writing screenplays. You actually have to have an idea for a screenplay. That would not be provided by this book, unless I want to write a movie about wise-ass clerks or lesbian Joey Lauren Adams. Reading these reminded me about how I feel whenever I watch a Kevin Smith movie. His dialogue is really funny an I don't know why I have this book. I think I originally thought I was going to read them and then that would teach me how to write screenplays, but I neglected the most important thing about writing screenplays. You actually have to have an idea for a screenplay. That would not be provided by this book, unless I want to write a movie about wise-ass clerks or lesbian Joey Lauren Adams. Reading these reminded me about how I feel whenever I watch a Kevin Smith movie. His dialogue is really funny and smart and captures how guys talk to each other really really well. But his long emotional speeches aren't that good. Especially the ones he writes for girls. But even the ones for guys, like the one Ben Affleck delivers in the car in 'Chasing Amy', they just seem a little over-written. Rehearsed. I just don't believe that the character would be able to compose his thoughts so carefully and parse his words so neatly in such a big emotional moment. I remember thinking that in the theater too. The other good thing about Kevin Smith is he always seems to have a great affection for his characters. You never get the sense that they are jokes to him. They seem important and worthwhile people, even when they are being childish and silly. I like that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marcus J.

    Seen this film many times. The screenplay is just plain old good and clever. It fits all the rules - it's good, clever, funny, has reversals, high stakes, a major character flaw in our protagonist that causes the death of his relationship. In other words perfect Aristotle. Also he learns something and the final scene leaves open the possibility of total redemption which is really cool!!' (Unlike Kevin Smith's recent offerings 'Tusk' and 'Red State' which left me feeling a bit sick). Chasing Amy Seen this film many times. The screenplay is just plain old good and clever. It fits all the rules - it's good, clever, funny, has reversals, high stakes, a major character flaw in our protagonist that causes the death of his relationship. In other words perfect Aristotle. Also he learns something and the final scene leaves open the possibility of total redemption which is really cool!!' (Unlike Kevin Smith's recent offerings 'Tusk' and 'Red State' which left me feeling a bit sick). Chasing Amy is a great Romantic Comedy on many levels. It hits a seriousness of film making that peaked between Clerks and Dogma. I also really loved Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, but Chasing Amy has such a solid structure at its core that it gives us a more enduring story and more cohesive film as a result. There's a reason that some of the screenwriting textbooks quote Chasing Amy above the others. All that being said I am still anticipating watching his latest, 'Yoga Hosers'. :).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    The absolute best part of this is the introduction by Kevin Smith. How honest he is about the entire process of starting "Clerks" was really interesting and eye-opening, the kind of thing that makes you say, if he could do it... I especially liked the part about after getting bashed for making "Mallrats" how one movie reviewer that honestly tried to interpret and understand what Smith was doing was able to elaborate that within the overall issues with the movie, that there were elements of truth The absolute best part of this is the introduction by Kevin Smith. How honest he is about the entire process of starting "Clerks" was really interesting and eye-opening, the kind of thing that makes you say, if he could do it... I especially liked the part about after getting bashed for making "Mallrats" how one movie reviewer that honestly tried to interpret and understand what Smith was doing was able to elaborate that within the overall issues with the movie, that there were elements of truth and beauty. How Smith was able to channel that feedback into "Chasing Amy" is probably the turning point of his career. So, read this for the scripts (Clerks probably works better in your mind than it does on cheap filmstock anyway) but enjoy also the cool commentary from Kevin Smith at the beginning.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keon

    He's not everybody's cup of tea but Kevin Smith's mixture of pop culture and heart just makes this completely my thing. Do not approach if you hate excessive talk about star wars, sex and mixed up feelings in your twenties. He's not everybody's cup of tea but Kevin Smith's mixture of pop culture and heart just makes this completely my thing. Do not approach if you hate excessive talk about star wars, sex and mixed up feelings in your twenties.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ezequiel Rodríguez

    Smith most solid work put out on paper. It is preceded by a short but powerful tale on how both films are linked. These are the full original scripts thus you get some additional scenes that did not make the final cut. Highly recommended if you enjoy Smith's work. Smith most solid work put out on paper. It is preceded by a short but powerful tale on how both films are linked. These are the full original scripts thus you get some additional scenes that did not make the final cut. Highly recommended if you enjoy Smith's work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    reading Chasing Amy is in many ways more fun than actually watching it- Kevin Smith is not a good director and that hurts Amy more than it does the simpler Clerks, which is a brilliant comedic script, IMO.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darin

    These are two of my favorite Kevin Smith movies. The scripts are good reads. The philosophical side is evident in Smith's dialogue. And some of the subtler ways he foreshadows future events are more noticeable in the script. These are two of my favorite Kevin Smith movies. The scripts are good reads. The philosophical side is evident in Smith's dialogue. And some of the subtler ways he foreshadows future events are more noticeable in the script.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fishsanwitt

    stamped

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bill G

    Two great screenplays from two great movies. I liked to follow along, mark the deleted scenes, mark the lines that are different, and have a blast.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Filthy

    Yay Kevin Smith. Many things in the book, that never made it to the screen! Fun, fun to act out!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Keane

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Decasse

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hood

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Taylor

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Brodhagen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara Ott-Wilcox

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kent Chambliss

  27. 4 out of 5

    James Warren

  28. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denise Hanson

  30. 5 out of 5

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