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Joel Siegel walks out on Clerks II; Kevin Smith fights back

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 20th 2006 11:31AM
Kevin Smith and Joel SiegelWhen I read the story, published yesterday by the NY Post's Page Six, that Good Morning America film critic Joel Siegel vocally walked out of a screening of Clerks II after 40 minutes, I thought it was quite a strange one. He apparently couldn't deal with repeated references to hiring a woman to perform certain acts with a donkey. It left me and the rest of America wondering: It's a Kevin Smith movie! What the hell was he expecting? I mean, I've seen just about every one of his movies, and the references Siegel walked out on seem mild compared to ... well, the first Clerks (a movie Siegel loved), which had, among other things, one of the characters having sex with a dead guy (off-camera, of course).

Smith, who admits to obsessing over reviews, ripped Siegel on his MySpace blog, then confronted him on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show yesterday, calling what he did "unprofessional". TMZ has the audio of the shouting match, where Siegel doesn't realize he's even talking to Smith until a few minutes into the argument.

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ErricZ

Smith may be a "hack" in your eyes, guys, but at least he's not posting on useless TV blogs for FREE. :D

July 28 2006 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Livsey

When I first saw Clerks back in'94, I was blown away. It was the funniest movie that I had watched all year. Sure there was Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which was a close second, but taking into account that Clerks was shot for under $30,000 from a film school drop out, you had to tip your hat to Kevin Smith.

It was Clerks that launched the successful career that Smith has sustained since his debut film, and twelve years later he is back again with Clerks II. A movie that is without a doubt, the funniest that I have seen in years.

To read full review, go to my website.

July 24 2006 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Livsey

When I first saw Clerks back in '94, I was blown away. It was the funniest movie that I had watched all year. Sure there was Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which was a close second, but taking into account that Clerks was shot for under $30,000 from a film school drop out, you had to tip your hat to Kevin Smith.

It was Clerks that launched the successful career that Smith has sustained since his debut film, and twelve years later he is back again with Clerks II. A movie that is without a doubt, the funniest that I have seen in years . . .

If you're interested in reading the full review go to: www.richardlivsey.com

July 24 2006 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaylove

Kevin Smith is a nothing but a mediocre director seeking any attention neccessary to promote the film. He'll be on Howard Stern next bragging about the whole thing, please. He's a hack.

July 23 2006 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

How exactly is Kevin Smith a hack?

He fully admits he is not good at directing "real movies" and he only enjoys directing his own kinds of films.

So exactly how does that make him a hack?

July 21 2006 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gavin

So a hack reviewer makes a scene and the hack director acts like a child.

Talk about a no win scenario....

July 20 2006 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jake

Kevin Smith is just milking all the publicity he can out of this -- He now ranks just as bad as M Night who's new movie Lady In the Water opens opposite Clerks 2 this friday -- he says that he is surest person to bet on for a movie to be successful but he doesn't care if anyone likes his movies. He even switched studios because Disney did not get his new movie -- After the village sucked so bad and all this talk -- I'm staying away big time from Lady in the water.

July 20 2006 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Hey, I'm with Kevin Smith - If your job is to review something you don't walk out in the middle of it. You sit there with your eyes open and your mouth shut and then you rip it to shreds in your column or whatever. You owe it to your audience not only to say that something is a piece of dog crap but to explain why it's a piece of dog crap and you can't do that in an honest manner if you walk out of the theater in the middle of the thing shouting "This is a piece of dog crap!"

July 20 2006 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

That audio was the best part of the entire story. KS is just reaming him, and he doesn't realize it.

If the story being reported is true, then Siegel is a dick. Like Kevin Smith or not, Siegel was a dick.

July 20 2006 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mayorjimmy

what kills me about the whole thing is the fact that Siegel made a scene and didn't think twice about it. As if he was entitled to because HE was Joel Siegel and screw the rest of the audience. I hate distruptions when i'm in a movie. I'm like 2 more cell phone rings away from getting into a fight. You would think a movie critic would be the LEAST tolerant about behavior like that.

July 20 2006 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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