Clerks III Reviews Have Arrived, And Critics Are ‘Surprised’ About Kevin Smith’s New Comedy Sequel

ytsfreeSeptember 8, 2022

The gang is back together, as Dante and Randal have returned to the Quick Stop 15 years after Kevin Smith brought us Clerks II. While a film to complete the trilogy wasn’t always in the cards, the filmmaker was inspired to write Clerks III after suffering a heart attack in 2018. The story will follow Randal (Jeff Anderson) and Dante (Brian O’Halloran) in their attempts to make a movie after Randal’s own medical emergency. Smith has said his family takes issue with the meta aspect of the storyline, but do critics have the same hangups?

Along with Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran, Clerks III will, of course, see the return of Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as Jay and Silent Bob, respectively, Marilyn Ghigliotti is also back as Veronica, along with Rosario Dawson and, according to the trailer, we’ll get at least a cameo from Ben Affleck. So let’s jump into the reviews to see where critics think this ranks on the Kevin Smith movie tier list. We’ll start with CinemaBlend’s review of Clerks III, which Mike Reyes rates 3.5 out of 5 stars. He says this third offering in the series goes harder on the drama, bringing a “surprise” to the trilogy’s finale: 

Running throughout the film is usual blend of raunchy, pop culture humor and deeper personal drama that Kevin Smith has made great use of in the past. The surprise that lies ahead of viewers eager to see Clerks III is just how dramatic things get. Walking away from this movie, it feels like this story is the closest that Kevin Smith has ever come to making an all out drama.

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