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Wednesday: ‘Clerks’ & ‘Clerks II’

[IMG:L]Clerks, Clerks II — 9/8c, 10:30/9:30c on Showtime

It’s the ultimate slacker back-to-backer!

Short of virtually any Richard Linklater double header, no two movies aired consecutively are better ambassadors for slacker cinema than Clerks and its sequel–and let’s face it, they’re a funny, if filthy, way to drain a few hours.

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Speaking of Linklater, it’s no coincidence that Clerks mastermind Kevin Smith often cites his beloved 1991 film Slacker as an inspiration.

Tonight’s two-fer naturally begins with Clerks, Smith’s seminal, potty-mouthed, black-and-white 1994 comedy. 

Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson star as the title antiheroes just doing their menial jobs when not killing time by playing rooftop hockey, etc. Jason Mewes, aka Jay (whose sidekick is writer-director Smith’s Silent Bob), also benefitted greatly from the movie’s success, as evidenced by 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

The whole gang–along with new Clerk Rosario Dawson–finally returned in 2006 with the less groundbreaking but still hilariously raunchy Clerks II. It’s shot in color, but we won’t hold that against ‘em.

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