More than a decade after “Clerks” and “The Brothers McMullen,” Reuters’ Bob Tourtellotte looks at new movies from the film’s directors Kevin Smith and Ed Burns, two filmmakers who got their big breaks at Sundance in the mid-90s. Comparing and contrasting “Clerks 2” and “The Groomsmen,” Tourtellotte notes:
While far different in story and style, the films share key themes. New Jersey-native Smith, 35, and New Yorker Burns, 38, look at guys in their mid-30s who refuse to face adulthood. Moreover, the movies join a growing list of works in pop culture, such as Christopher Noxon’s book “Rejuvenile,” that reflect a generation which, as it matured, took its childhood with it.