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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Clerks II


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9. Filming briefly saved Mooby’s from the wrecking ball.

The Mooby’s restaurant in the film was a former Burger King located in Buena Park, California. The restaurant was slated to be torn down, but the demolition was delayed for the movie, which took it over for the 30-day shoot.

10. The Mooby’s set was a little too convincing.

Shooting was repeatedly delayed when people drove up to order food.

11. Clerks II was a family affair for Smith.

Dante’s girlfriend Emma is played by Smith’s wife Jennifer Schwalbach, and the little girl who waves at Dante during the film’s montage is Smith and Schwalbach’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. Smith’s mother briefly reprises her role from the first movie as the “Milk Maid” in the film’s final shot.

12. Jay and Silent Bob were really clean.

Jay and Silent Bob are sober in Clerks II because Jason Mewes (who plays Jay) became sober following years of drug addiction in real life. The story the character tells in the movie of how the two became sober—including getting pulled over under the influence while driving a car with its airbags deployed and being sentenced to a strict 6-month stint in rehab—actually happened to Mewes.

13. Becky was hard to cast.

Initially, Smith wanted his wife to play Becky, but producer Weinstein wanted a star for the role. Bryce Dallas Howard, Sarah Silverman, Ellen Pompeo, Liv Tyler, and Rachel Weisz all passed on the part—Howard had scheduling conflicts with the film Lady in the Water, Silverman didn’t want to be typecast as the “girlfriend,” Pompeo had scheduling conflicts with the television show Grey’s Anatomy, Tyler couldn’t commit because she had recently given birth, and Weisz simply didn’t want to appear in the movie. Eventually, Rosario Dawson was cast as Becky.

14. Smith enlisted his peers for help.

During the post-production editing process, Smith screened a workprint of the film to his friends and fellow directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino for feedback and tweaks.

15. Audiences loved it.

Clerks II screened out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and received an 8-minute standing ovation from the crowd following the premiere screening.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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