KEVIN SMITH See Askewniverse Movies Ranked

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As a New Jersey native and lifelong Kevin Smith fan, I feel like I’m the right person to rank all of Smith’s movies that fall under the View Askewniverse. Really, it’s a scientific process where I rewatch and decide which movies made me laugh so much that I peed, cried, and left some of the most quoted moments. It’s a job I take very seriously, and I’m here to share my findings.

If you’ve lived under a rock or are new to Smith’s films, the View Askewniverse is one group of them that are interconnected. He debuted with his first film, Clerks and extends to his most recent film, Clerk 3. Not all of Smith’s films fit into this category (sorry, Jersey Daughter), so you won’t find them in this list. And before any riot, here is a list based solely on my opinion, which may differ from yours. But one argument that should hold true across the board – Smith is Buddy Christ’s gift to all of us. So grab some snacks and settle in for that crazy ride.

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8. Clerk II (2006)

This might be one of my most controversial opinions on this list (especially since it’s my best friend’s favorite Smith movie), but Clerk II comes last for me. It’s still one of my favorite movies he’s done, but it doesn’t compare to the others on this list. It’s funny and there are some quoted moments and some poignant scenes, but overall it’s not enough against the others. What really freaked me out was getting Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) out of the Quick Stop. The saving grace for this one, however, is the introduction of Elias (Trevor Fehrman) and Becky (Rosario Dawson).

Clerk II

7. Jay and Silent Bob reboot (2019)

I’ve been waiting a long time for Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) to get their sequel. Almost two decades of my life passed before the iconic duo came to the fore again. And I loved it Jay and Silent Bob reboot but not as much as I liked Smith’s older work. The concept is the same as their first film but done in a way that felt unique. But comparing the two, Jay and Silent Bob strike back will always be better in my eyes. However, the reboot introduced us to Iron Bob, who needs an entire movie, and Harley Quinn Smith is such a badass.

Silent Bob and Jay standing in the street.

Jay and Silent Bob reboot

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6. Mallrats (1995)

There was a time in my life when Mallrats ranked higher, but in recent years has moved back and forth on the list. It’s a nice solid choice, but in the grand scheme of the View Askewniverse, it’s on the weaker side. The introduction of Jason Lee into Smith’s cast is what really makes me love the movie. He’s a joy to watch, no matter who he works with. One of my favorite movie moments is watching Ethan Suplee trying to see the sailboat for an entire movie. Plus, the fact that it’s set in a mall screams my childhood.

TS and Brodie standing outside a store in the mall.

Mallrats

5. Chasing Amy (1997)

Similar to Mallrats, Chasing Amy varies on my list. Some days it’s high up, and other days it’s right in the middle. What makes it so great is the dynamic between Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Joey Lauren Adams. Kevin Smith stepped out of his comfort zone with this romantic comedy, which really paid off. It was one of the first movies I watched with a queer woman, and she was a badass. In the long list of favorite Kevin Smith characters, Alyssa Jones is in my top five. I would love to see Smith take another chance at an unconventional rom-com in the future.

Holden and Alyssa are talking and rocking next to each other.

Chasing Amy

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4. Jay and Bob Strike Back (2001)

My solid middle pick will always be Jay and Silent Bob strike back. It’s hysterical and exciting and features tons of cameos from Smith’s other films and celebrities. Plus, he has a monkey. As kids, it was the movie my sisters and I chose to watch the most because we could quote the whole thing and laugh our ass off. Also, can you name me a more iconic duo than Jay and Silent Bob? To chase; I’ll wait. Now that aside, this movie is pretty fantastic. It tries to be nothing more than a comedy filled with dick-and-fart jokes while throwing tons of View Askewniverse Easter eggs and nods at other movies.

Jay and Silent Bob with a monkey on their backs standing in a Hollywood movie theatre.

Jay and Silent Bob strike back

3. Dogma (1999)

Dogma has always been at the top of my list because, let’s face it, Alan Rickman is fantastic. Now add Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as two angels trying to find an escape to heaven, but must contend with the last living relative of Jesus Christ (Linda Fiorentino). It’s hard not to laugh at the film while being moved by the subtle story Smith tries to tell through Bethany and the others. Plus, the movie is packed with Hollywood stars, including Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, George Carlin, and Alanis Morissette. It also gave rise to one of my favorite quotes of all time – “No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater…than central air.”

Rufus, Silent Bob, Jay and Bethany standing outside in the street.

Dogma

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2. Clerk III (2022)

As the most recent addition, I will keep this section on Clerk III without spoilers. Just know that it had such an impact on my life that it has established itself as one of my favorite View Askewniverse movies. It’s a nod to Kevin Smith’s growth as a creator, director, writer, and human being. He uses his personal journey as inspiration and addresses some of the most complex emotions to date. Returning to the Quick Stop also feels like coming home after years of waiting. It’s iconic to the universe and helps make the movie feel like one giant nostalgic hug overall.

Dante and Randal standing behind the Quick Stop counter.

Clerk III

1. Clerk (1994)

And finally, without further ado, we have the best View Askewniverse movie – Clerks. It’s a classic, and of all Smith’s films, it stands the test of time. If you’ve ever worked with mainstream audiences, you’ll find something in this film. From stupid customers to the crazy situations you find yourself in. It was my introduction to Kevin Smith’s work and continues to hold the top spot over two decades later. And really, if we watch the movie with the most quoted funny moments, that must be it. 37? Salsa shark? All star wars Death Star rant? I could go on for days – and don’t tempt me because I could.

Dante, Randal and another hockey player hanging out in the Quick Stop get ready for the rooftop hockey game.

Clerks

Thank you, KEVIN SMITH, from one New Jersey native to another

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