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Clerks II

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Source: Catholic News Service

Interminably lewd and infantile sequel to the 1994 indie cult hit, which finds New Jersey underachievers Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) once again slacking off and engaging in foul-mouthed banter -- this time while flipping burgers at a fast-food joint after the Quick Time Grocery burns down -- with Dante in a relationship dilemma, torn between his rich-but-controlling fiance (Jennifer Schwalbach) and kindred-spirit boss (Rosario Dawson). Again directed by Kevin Smith, the film is capped with a message about friendship and staying true to yourself, but that hardly excuses the wall-to-wall vulgarity, much of which redefines distasteful, that precedes it. Pervasive rough and crude language and raunchy sexual humor, including a gag involving bestiality, some irreverence and profanity, drug references, masturbation, partial frontal and rear nudity, and some racial slurs. The USSCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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<p>Thomas should be equally well known for his courage. Perhaps what he said was impetuous—since he ran, like the rest, at the showdown—but he can scarcely have been insincere when he expressed his willingness to die with Jesus. The occasion was when Jesus proposed to go to Bethany after Lazarus had died. Since Bethany was near Jerusalem, this meant walking into the very midst of his enemies and to almost certain death. Realizing this, Thomas said to the other apostles, “Let us also go to die with him” (John 11:16b).</p> American Catholic Blog Slow down as you make the Sign of the Cross. Intentionally purify your mind and your heart, and ask God to strengthen you to carry his love to the world.

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