‘Clerks III’ release after decade of waiting

Blast from the past finally gets a new release


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Jason Mewes, left, and Kevin Smith attend the “Clerks III” premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters on Aug. 24, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images/Lionsgate/TNS)

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

This film has been over a decade in the making and has been part of a cinematic universe that every stoner and “Star Wars” fan boy has come to love – “Clerks III” created by Kevin Smith. The “Clerks” cinematic universe  began as an Indie film about two slackers, Dante and Randal, and their degenerate companions, Jay and Silent Bob, and now has a cult following.  

The collection of films known for its stoner humor and nerd banter has spawned spinoffs such as “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma.” But “Clerks” has always been the core of this world. This film follows Dante and Randal, now in their late 40s and trying to make a film about their lives to leave something behind after years of wasted chances.  

The film is a homage to Kevin Smith and all his work, and sort of a way for him and his fans to come to terms with their careers and lives. It is filled with both ‘90s  moments and modern-day “Star Wars” humor.  

“Clerks III” is very different than Kevin Smith’s early work in the sense of growing old and other themes that the film brings itself to ponder in its ending.