For a certain crowd of people of a certain age, they remember when they first saw Clerks. A movie that didn't really come out in theaters in any number, but was out on VHS so you rented it from the store after your friend told you about it. You saw it and felt like anyone could make a movie about your life and people would love it.
There's a very real feel to this movie. Likely because it all came from Kevin Smith'sl experiences as a clerk during the time he made It was shot on 16mm film, after hours in the very store that Kevin Smith worked in at the time.
Production values are not high, but it's made up for by the dialogue and series of gags put in by Smith. The characters feel like people you might actually run into in the real world. They aren't exceptionally beautiful or incredible, but still very relatable. They argue about Star Wars scenes, relationships, and sucking 37 dicks.
Inducted into the American National Film Registry in 2019, this movie is a permanent part of American cultural heritage.