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There’s something about ’90s comedies that, when watched now, seems kind of… quaint. All the demographic-courting PG-13 fare like Wayne’s World, Dumb & Dumber, and Tommy Boy — even more boundary-pushing, R-rated comedies like Clerks. or There’s Something About Mary — still lacks a little of the subversion, intellect, or bravado of the comedies of the new millennium.
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Once the slacker counter-part to Quentin Tarantino, both in his video store past and his leading role in the revolution of modern dialogue 20 years ago, Kevin Smith has spent the last few years trying to change his image, with varying degrees of success.
From his loud splash in the indie movement of the early ‘90s to his recent dip into thrillers and horror, Smith has never been comfortable with just one genre. No matter what he makes, though, when he’s on his game, he has a marksman’s skill. And what better day is there than today, on the release of his 11th film, Tusk, to look back at Smith’s career over the last two decades? From worst to best…