Hanging out in comic book stores is always good fun, even if you leave empty-handed after two hours of chit-chatting and casual browsing. Vicariously spending time alongside stacks of Marvel and DC titles while sitting on your couch, however, isn't very exciting, especially when the store's workers aren't funny.

The brainchild of Kevin Smith, Comic Book Men comes across as a cheap attempt to capitalize on pop culture's current fixation on superhero movies. It's also a relatively inexpensive way for Smith to give his best friends (full-grown geeks earning paychecks inside the filmmaker's New Jersey shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash) some camera time, but here's the problem: None of the guys are remotely interesting, and describing their banter as Clerks-light would be an overly generous compliment.