Clerks : I didn't laugh once...

I didn't laugh once...

I don't think I ever put a movie on were I was so keen to laugh, I saw the reviews and the rating on imdb, and straight away went "this will be awesome"

I really tried so fu*king hard to like it but I just sat there and watched it had a little giggle at a couple of parts but most the time I felt like falling asleep...

Do you have to be smoking pot to find it funny or what? I am missing something for sure cause this does not make sense...
I can like almost all movies for a reason, I always go in open hearted and try and understand why the director made the movie and its strong suits but I really just don't understand haha..

And It's the same for allot of his other movies ( dogma, clerks 2, cop out)haven't seen chasing Amy or mallrats yet. I didn't mind Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and red state was great (not a comedy, but still great)

Safe to say I'm not a fan, But I want to be.

So..... Am I missing something or maybe I will just never get it.

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Same except I actually did fall asleep. I understand that this movie is considered a cult classic but I just couldn't get into it at all.

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Humor is totally subjective. You didn't like it and it's as simple as that. No-one is going to convince you otherwise.

"Do you have to be smoking pot to find it funny or what?"

Oh how original! Everyone who likes this movie must be high or something right? Just because you didn't find it funny....

You're a pretentious jerk.

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That's a bit harsh

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To each their own. I've only watched this movie sober and I laugh every single time. A coworker of mine had never seen it, so I brought it in for him to watch. A bunch of us from work hyped how funny it was. But this coworker came back and said he didn't find it funny at all.

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Is your coworker a smoker? lol. Or divorced ?

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Divorced, yes (and remarried). Smoker, no.

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^^^ This

I found this movie hilarious and would count it as one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, but I can also see why some people wouldn't find it funny.

I barely laughed for Spaceballs, but a lot of people consider it one of the funniest movies.


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It's not necessarily a knee slapper. Much of the humor is subtle.

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For sure lots of subtle humor. Lots of in your face humor too. On the phone ordering the porn titles in front of the kid,just about every scene with Jay. If people say they saw nothing funny at all,I feel they are disingenuous.

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No to mention "THIRTY SIX????????????!!!!!"

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It's not necessarily a knee slapper. Much of the humor is subtle.



^^This.

"I'm the ultimate badass,you do NOT wanna f-ck wit me!"Hudson,Aliens😬

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I didn't either (although I rarely do watching movies)...

...Regardless of that though, it was still a good enough movie, I guess I don't watch movies personally to laugh (even comedies).

I guess I can appreciate something is funny and deduce that it is indeed funny, without feeling the need to laugh.




On another note, did you watch the film by yourself?

Because... if you research it you will find laughing actually isn't a genuine normal response to something funny, assuming you indeed did watched the film alone.

Laughing is a subconscious social auto-reaction type of thing we do as a response to try and fit in when in a social situation (much the same way clapping is as well.


So, it is possible to watch movies by yourself and still find them funny/entertaining without actually laughing.

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I understand your point, I agree with that.. I have watched movies before and found them funny without laughing out loud. and I also have laughed out loud by myself..depending on the movie I guess, but I didn't do either for this one..

I'm going to give this movie another go, I went into it not sure what I was watching and kinda kept expecting something else...

Ill post on here again after and see if its different...

sometimes you have to watch something twice to appreciate it

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Yeah i agree Kevin Smith is very hit or miss with his movies, id suggest watching chasing amy and mallrats, personally i think they're the bets of his movies especially mallrats.

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My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!
In a row?

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"try not to suck any dicks on the way to the parking lot!"


"He must've thought it was white boy day. It ain't white boy day, is it?"

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My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!
In a row?


One of the best lines in the film lol

"I'm the ultimate badass,you do NOT wanna f-ck wit me!"Hudson,Aliens😬

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I love "Clerks" but it isn't because it makes me laugh hysterically. Don't get me wrong, I think it's funny, but I don't consider it one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. For me, Clerks is a comfort movie. There's not much going on visually, so I can have it on while I'm going something else. There's not much of a story, so if I read or write something and tune it out for 5 minutes, I don't miss anything.

It's kind of a unique movie in that way. There aren't too many movies that I re-watch as much as I re-watch "Clerks" that I can say that about. Some movies are inspirational, others are action packed, some have acting performances so powerful they are worth the re-watches alone. But "clerks" doesn't have any of that, it just makes me smile.

Hope that helps

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It was considered edgy in 1994.

We didn't have reality TV back then, so seeing young people talk about sex as they do in the movie was considered original. A lot of the dialog is borderline porn and you just didn't see much of that in the mid-nineties. So the 20-somethings ate it up, and now they are all 40-somethings, and they won't shut up about it.

But no, this movie does not hold up well at all.

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My daughter had a boyfriend over one evening and we all watched "Caddyshack". He never cracked a smile during the entire movie. I didn't understand him and I don't understand you all who don't think that "Clerks" is funny.

God might, I won't.
-JCVD

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You are right - I saw it when I was 20 - and now I'm 41 and the movie still rules - sorry lol Cult classic.

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Looks like Smith is a love or hate thing.
I love his films and I watch a Kevin Smith movie at least once a month since Dogma came out. His movies are honest and at the end I'm with a very good positive feeling.
Sorry it doesn't work for you.

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As with all things..... To each his own. I always find it odd when people start these "I really tried to like it but... " threads. But again, to each his own.

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Nowadays it would be a youtube video. But in 1994 it was something cool. Kevin Smith is one lucky *beep* in his choice of what part of history to make movies.

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It's not that kind of comedy, something like "dump and dumper" or a stand up comedy.

It's fast paced, with witty dialogues, realistic characters and some inspired moments that stick to your mind. It's not just comedy, there are other aspects in this movie.

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"I really tried so fu*king hard to like it but I just sat there and watched it had a little giggle at a couple of parts but most the time I felt like falling asleep..."

Yeah, I couldn't really watch it either; it's sort of sucks.

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"I really tried so fu*king hard to like it but I just sat there and watched it had a little giggle at a couple of parts but most the time I felt like falling asleep..."

Yeah, I couldn't really watch it either; it's sort of sucks.

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I had the exact same reaction: a few chuckles, but otherwise, it was just boring and pointless. I didn't care about any of the characters or situations and the writing was only so-so. The humor was mostly obvious and often shallow. I actually stopped halfway through, and that is something I almost never do. I gave it a 3, which I feel is somewhat generous, only because at least the editing and acting were pretty solid.

Some things I find worth mentioning:

Silent Bob: was there any reason for that character to even be in the movie? What did he do other than smoke cigarettes?

Jay: always profane and disgusting, mildly amusing at times, just obnoxiously gross at others. What is the big deal about this character? I thought Mewes was funnier than this in "Bitten" and that wasn't anything great.

The girl was OK, and Dante was OK. But I didn't care about them.

The "ruling class" guy character was just annoying.

All the other characters (in the first half, anyway) were gimmicks.

Why was it in B&W (or was it grayscale?)? That was distracting to me.

If you enjoyed this, as obviously most people who rate it have, then I'm happy for you, but ugh. Maybe I would have liked it more if there had been anyone in it whom I could relate to. The girl and Dante were the only two who I could even stomach for more than a minute. Well, Silent Bob, heh.

For context's sake: I mostly liked "Dogma", and mostly didn't like "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back".

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Well It sounds like you went in expecting a laugh riot. But Clerks, in my opinion, is more a lighthearted slice of life film with allot of funny and witty dialogue. It is also very relatable in that way.

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Just saw this for the first time after seeing the trailer for the biopic Shooting Clerks on imdb and wow, it's a great little movie. Grungy and *beep* as it looks it's a blast. I laughed a good few times. It kinda captures the time like a time capsule. So 90s which I love since I grew up then. Normally I dont watch indie movies but this, as well as Reservor Dogs are the only ones i saw that i did enjopy.

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"If you have seen American Pie and think of it as being honest and real about sex and the way kids talk, then Clerks is right up your alley. "

That review pretty much summed up this movie for me. Its made for *beep* morons.

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I guess you had to be there ...
I worked for 10 years in a convenience store petrol station ... And it's very true that every idiot going at some point will walk through your store or buy petrol ...
My pet hate ... There are 10 pumps each selling diesel and petrol all clearly numbered 1 to 10 ... I lost count how many of these idiots would come to pay but instead of giving the pump number would simply say ... Diesel ... Hello what number pump .... Arrrrrrrrgghg


I swallowed a bug ... River

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Do you have to be smoking pot to find it funny or what?


As someone who's never touched the stuff and still loves this movie, no, no, you don't.

Can't stop the signal.

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I don't think you are missing anything. I just think poor old Clerks was the victim of your over-inflated expectations. You worked yourself up so much before you watched it, that it had no chance of meeting the expectations you heaped upon it.

Expectations are an increasing killer of otherwise perfectly fine movies these days.



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I watched this like 2 or 3 years ago, i didn't laugh either, maybe just a couple of times, it was boring, i don't know what was wrong with me but now i watched it again and it was pretty damn funny, it's a cool movie i liked it a lot. I don't know, maybe you'll feel different in a future.

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No, you don't have to smoke pot to »get» this film. Probably you weren't just smart enough? The dialogue is rich and dextrous.

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As someone else said, humor is subjective. I found a lot of it funny because I worked in a video store so I could relate to part of it, especially the dumb customer question montage.

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Yes you are missing a sense of humor and come of as a smart arse *beep* :)

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ok

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I would assume most of the high ratings come from older people who either saw this in theaters or owned it as early as possible, grew up in that time , and have re watched it many times over the last 22 years. 22 years, subjectivity aside, that's a huge chunk in which times have changed, other things have existed, etc, so that someone who's either younger or only just watched this for the first time like in the last few years wouldn't consider it special or get it's cult praise. I assume most people who recently saw it and/or didn't like it also don't know a lot of the story about Kevin Smith , making this movie, and everything that's followed with his films, which might be a contributing factor to people that like it.

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Keep in mind depending on your age you could be conditioned to the humor. This was the mid 90's. This humor was extremely raunchy and infantile for it's time. It has been done a lot in recent years. It may take away from it. It is like trying to watch the original Terminator if you are 20 years old and never seen it before. That terrible stop motion would just kill it for you.

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Great Points!

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Sucks to be you!
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