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They're not there to shop. They're not there to work. They're just there.
Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.
Kevin Smith's foray into slightly larger budget filmmaking, "Mallrats," Smith's follow-up to "Clerks," finds the director expanding his comic and cinematic canvas. The second film in Smith's New Jersey trilogy, he again follows two pals as they try to figure out life in the suburbs of the garden state. It may lack the unpolished, independent charm of "Clerks," but "Mallrats" is a stand-out comedy in its own right.
Revolving around T.S. and Brodie, two chums who have been dumped by their respective girlfriends, "Mallrats" finds the two trying to mend their broken hearts with a little retail therapy. Smith throws in a successful combination of subplots, personality-rich secondary characters, and pop-culture goodness to elevate his script.
Smith's dialogue is still…
My Grandmother always used to say "why buy the cow, when you can get the sex for free".
Even though I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan and love watching this film, it's hard to ignore the flaws in Mallrats. His best films all have something personal to say underneath the dick and fart jokes, be it Clerks or my all time favorite Chasing Amy. While watching Mallrats it's quite clear Smith doesn't have all that much to say except maybe taking a stab at making a studio film far too early in his career.
It's not that it's a bad movie though, just an unbalanced one. The main problem being that the film is centered on the relationship/breakup of…
More Slacker madness from the King of the Slackers Kevin Smith himself, this comedy aimed at the Generation X'ers doesn't have quite the inspiration of his debut film. What it does have though is all the dumb comedy you could ask for from Smith and his team of miscreants. Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes, Joey Lauren Adams, and Claire Forlani supply the laughs in a story set in and around The Mall after Lee and London are dumped by their respective girlfriends. Not as subversive as Clerks or for some as funny, there are still some terrific scenes of silly nonsense, mostly courtesy of Lee. For me Jason Lee always excels in Smith's films, whether…
Review In A Nutshell:
So far in my life, I have seen one Kevin Smith film and it was Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back, which by the way is a childhood favourite; weird right? It stuck on to me all these years, though it has been a while since I have seen it but I guarantee the next time I do get the opportunity to view it, nostalgia would hit me and diminish my ability to rationalise. I do recall seeing Jersey Girl when it came on TV but during then I did not know it was by Kevin Smith and my memory of the experience was quite vague. I did not know what to expect from Mallrats as…
Kevin Smith makes it hard to call Mallrats anything other than a lazy follow-up, even if it is funny in bits. He had a breakout hit made with a few friends on a budget of $25,000 musing over a common mindset of a generation and absolutely crass, insane and violent without a single shot fired or sex scene. It was of course Clerks, but instead of breaking out from these confines with a $6,000,000 budget and a studio backing to make his next endeavor a memorable one, he reverts to the same routine only attempted to be contained by structure.
Only formula can only go so far. Mallrats proves this. Smith keeps up in trying to show the same movement…
Kevin Smith rarely makes a dull movie. They tend to be right in your face and although most are funny as fuck, he does every now and again make a dud. Now I wasn't going to mention Cop Out, as it almost sullied his reputation forever with me, but it also starred the star of the show here....Mr Jason Lee.
Forget Jeremy London and the airhead that is Shannen Doherty and just enjoy the humor of Lee. While obviously Jay & Silent Bob get a fair bit of the laughs here, it's down to Lee to deliver the majority of the sarcasm and toilet humor that Smith is famous for. It's another of those movies with a simple premise. Smith's usual…
This month has really derailed my movie watching habits to begin with, but having a good rewatching old faves session has been a long time coming I guess… and I need to save my usual Monday podcasts as I'm going to be at a loose end in London for hours after Kevin Smith's midnight Q&A and Yoga Hosers screening tomorrow… so I figured I'd watch a few of his movies today. This remains one of my absolute favourites of his, and certainly one of the movies that'll be on my favourite comedies list whenever I get around to it, like parts of it - the Jay and Silent Bob shenanigans, the repeated misfortunes of Joey Lauren Adams and her reactions,…
I recently rewatched this movie for the first time in a couple of years. I'm honestly surprised how much I still love it. I saw it the first time when I was 12, a good 5 years after its release. I didnt know anything about it, hadn't ever heard of it. I just liked the way the cover looked and picked it to borrow from an uncle. I went back and borrowed everything else he had that Kevin Smith did.
My favorite thing about this movie (and I know I'm not alone) is how different and sophisticated the dialogue is while talking about unsophisticated things. The soundtrack also stands out to me. None of the music seems out of place or a grab at extra attention because its *insert popular artist here* And I sing Susanne for days every time I hear it.
Its just a great movie that still holds up 21 years later.
While not as impressive as Clerks, Mallrats is just so Snoochie Boochies.
Poorly acted, and a bit amateurish. Mallrats is exceptionally entertaining and likable, and those problems create a sense of charm. I must point out that some of the humor is a bit of a no-no. Statutory rape isn't exactly funny to me. Sorry.
What could be better? A nostalgic trip back in time to my favorite decade thus far. Something as basic as spending the day at the mall because you didn't have a ride home until late at night. I think I enjoy Kevin Smith overall because I get his humor. He does have some real duds, but overall I can say I am a fan of his work, and him in general. This was fun.
Really wanted to like this film more than I did, always looked like something right up my ally. Unfortunately this film really just falls flat. It's got all of the dialogue of a Kevin Smith films without the humor. The performance are good but they don't do well enough to carry the film, but they almost do. All of the characters are likable enough, but again, the whole thing doesn't really amaze. I've seen Clerks so I know Smith can make a good film, hopefully his others are better than this one.
i rly liked this movie it was kinda perverted but i laughed a lot
Not a movie you take seriously at all. Kevin Smith likes to go for the raunchy jokes and that's ok with me. His movies give that 90's vibe to me and that's very nice. Watch this if you are a teen and you like raunchy jokes.
I've seen this movie countless times, and while it lacks some elements of finer cinema, it's still one of my favorite movies.
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