Posted 2/6/2006 12:15 AM Updated 2/6/2006 12:25 AM

'Clerks II': Growth and gross-outs
By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Director Kevin Smith's sequel to his groundbreaking Clerks is a coming-of-age story for guys in their 30s who never grew up.
Kevin Smith, left, jokes around with Brian O'Halloran, center, and Jeff Anderson on the set of Clerks II.
The Weinstein Co.

The first film, which came out in 1994, was a homemade, grainy, black-and-white chronicle of one slacker's daylong shift of misery at a tiny convenience store that became a cultural touchstone for Generation X and inspired a wave of do-it-yourself filmmakers.
Clerks II, set for release this fall, picks up more than a decade later with the two cashier-jockeys from the 1994 original: sweet-but-stagnated Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and his insult-spewing friend Randal (Jeff Anderson).