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The Independent Culture

Most weeks the scatological profanity of Kevin Smith's belated sequel to Clerks would be tipped straight down the dumpster, but after Rabbit Fever, Dirty Sanchez and Trust The Man it seems almost likeable. Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson play shiftless duo Dante and Randal, now doing time in a burger joint after their convenience store burns down. "Terrorists?" speculates Randal. (No, he'd left the sandwich toaster on again).

While the plot - should Dante make a clean break and head for Florida with his controlling fiancée? - is as limp as week-old lettuce, the script mixes in some genuine laughs with his trademark slacker nihilism, including spot-on Lord of The Rings spoofs and a running joke about Helen Keller and Anne Frank.

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