Watching Clerks was like watching a stage play. It had only three or four sets, two main actors who deliver admittedly clever, but painfully scripted dialog, and and a plot carrying just one virtue: it's accessible. I'll give this to Clerks: it's quotable. The dialog, however stale it was coming from the mouths of the moving props, was still funny and clever. But everything else about the movie just didn't work for me. I saw no good reason for it to be in black and white. The movie would have been just as good (or bad) in color.

I went into this movie expecting more. Probably because everyone has told me it's a must-see. I just don't see that. I get it, it's funny, it's just bland and uninteresting. It's like something I'll chuckle at for a second and then turn the channel. Except it's not on a channel, it's on DVD, so, for lack of other choices, I continue watching it. Watch this movie if you're a writer having trouble figuring out what to do with dialog. Don't watch this movie if you're looking for a laugh-out-loud, priceless comedy.

On my desk sits Clerks 2. I'm not sure how that got made... but I hope it improves on the first.