37 and Kevin Smith...

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  1. Morgan Jolley

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    If you've watched any of Kevin Smith's films (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) then you might have noticed the number 37.

    In Clerks, Dante's girlfriend has ummm...you know...37 men.

    In Mallrats, they mention the mall cop (La Fours) having 37 arrests.

    In J&SBSB, the girls have just succeeded in their 37th heist (its on a banner they made when they are at the hotel after the heist).

    So I have several questions:

    Where is 37 in Dogma and Chasing Amy? What is the reason for all the 37 references?

    Ok, thats two questions...but anyway...

    And BTW, I know there are people who don't like Kevin Smith films. This thread is NOT about your opinions, its about the references to the number 37. Please don't thread crap about how much you hate KS and his movies.
     
  2. Barry Woodward

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    George Lucas does the same thing with THX 1138 in all of his films.
     
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    in a row?
    que laughter [​IMG]
     
  5. Morgan Jolley

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    Yeah, I realized the hockey and Jaws things. Its just that 37 is not as prevalent, which is what makes it stranger...

    To quote Pacino from Insomnia, "small details."
     
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    Damn hadn't noticed that until you mentioned it now. Can't recall seeing it in either Dogma nor Chasing Amy but i am sure the reference is there somewhere. I'll have to watch them again and get back to you on that. I agree the hockey, Jaws and SW reference are obvious in all the films but the 37 is indeed quite peculiar and strange.

     
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    sounds like a good excuse to watch them all again [​IMG]
     
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    I know in Chasing Amy, in the beginning credits, a local comics newsletter is floating by and it refers to Banky and Holden's comic book prior to Bluntman and Chronic titled "37."
     
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    It could either be a Biblical reference, in that "3" and "7" are Biblically important as "perfect numbers". Or it could be an homage to Cool Hand Luke, itself a Christ analogy, where Paul Newman's character has "37" as his prisoner number. I vote for a mix of both, as Smith has said on many occasions that he is fascinated by religion.
     
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    It's 3 less than the biblically omnipresent number of 40. Perhaps Kevin just digs having a number that shows up occasionally so that people can add it to their drinking games [​IMG]. He may also want a number because other folks he likes use a number, like Lukas or Carter from X-files.
    Or 37 may be a statistically frequent number people choose when they need to make up a 2 digit number.
    [​IMG].
     
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    For some reason, when I guesstimate a high percentage of something, I always tend to say "87 percent." It is just something that comes to mind. Maybe "37" is just something that KS hears in his head when he makes up a number?
     
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    Dammit Jeff...you stole my number. I've been saying "87" for years [​IMG]
    Seriously though, I use 87 more than any other number.
     
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    I hate the number 37 and every movie it has appeared in! You guys need to get better taste in numerals. [​IMG]
    Peter Jackson is God.
    Note: This is a thread-crap PARODY, and not an actual thread-crap. I actually quite like Kevin Smith. Maybe 37 is just his lucky number. If I were a screenwriter, I'd get the number 29 in there as often as possible!
     
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    CHET...that is the most uninteligable unreadable piece of literature ever...I thought Naked Lunch was hard to pour through!
     
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    After watching Mallrats again, I didn't find the 37 reference (my previous comment on it was wrong). Anyone know where it is?
     
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    I thought I remembered KS revealing his penchant for 37 on the Clerks LD commentary, so I fired it up last night and tried to go through it...but it was really late...and I am not as young as I once was. It might be there, but I couldn't find it. Sorry.[​IMG]
     
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    He has 37 on his jersey in Catch and Release as well. It's more significant than I think people are crediting.
     
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