Set in a suburban New Jersey Quick Stop Mart, the filthily hilarious indie film was about a pair of 20-something slackers with time to kill and customers to ignore. Now, Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson), the titular clerks from the first film, are back, older, seemingly not the least bit wiser, with more time to kill and more customers to ignore.
“Clerks II” opens as disaster strikes the Quick Stop: the mini-mart has burned down. (Randal left the coffeepot on. Again.) The boys, now well into their 30s, find employment at a fast-food joint called “Mooby’s”; cow motif and all (one dessert option is the “Cow Pie”). Like “Clerks,” the sequel unfolds over a period of one day in and around their place of employment.
This is Dante’s last day on the job as he is about to split with his fiancée for Florida where a brand new, all-grown up job working for his soon-to-be-father-in-law awaits. Dante will escape being a slacker, Jay and Silent Bob, and New Jersey all in one fell swoop. Except he is conflicted and we don’t understand why until the Mooby’s manager, the beautiful Becky (Rosario Dawson) arrives. As is obvious and unspoken the minute she walks in, Dante is flat on his back in love with her.