Clerks is a 1994 Kevin Smith American independent movie.
It is the first movie of Smith (who was twenty-four years old at that time), a grotesque comedy, politically incorrect and foul-mouthed, made with a minimal budget: it costed only 27.575 dollars, half used for filming and production, and the other half for the purchase of music rights. It was shot entirely in black and white, in the same grocery store where Smith worked at the time, mostly at night.
Presented at the International Critics' Week at the 47th Cannes Film Festival, won the Mercedes-Benz Prize for the best film in the section. Jay & Silent Bob’s characters ( later featured in many of Smith’s works) appear for the first time in the film, along with others that will form the so-called View Askewniverse of the director.
This movie is considered a landmark in independent filmmaking and, in 2019, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".