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Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.
A problem Kevin Smith seems to fall into with "Mallrats" when compared to his debut is definitely in scale and use of budget. "Clerks" was a movie made on a budget that could be made in a few weeks of working at the average grocery store in 2016. Where as "Mallrats" was made on a budget of enough money to buy a Stan Lee cameo without having the film be a Marvel branded picture.
That's not to say "Mallrats" is necessarily a bad film, far from it, it just seems to be stretched a bit too thin from Smith's first effort as a director. Mostly down to the extended rung time to two hours as opposed to under an hour…
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…
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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…
I don't care how sophomoric Kevin Smith's comic sensibility is, in the outlet that is Mallrats it feels both genuine and appropriate. The highlight of the movie being Jason Lee declaring that Ben Affleck looks like a "date rapist". In fact, Jason Lee in general is a highlight as the epitome of smart-ass.
Perhaps far too long (By about 30 minutes), but I really enjoyed Mallrats. I had no idea what to expect from it. Hell, I didn't even know who was in it. It was funny, had some solid pop culture references, the cast was awesome and was it quite sweet at times. I see a lot of myself in some of Kevin Smith's earlier characters, slackers who rely on non-stop references to games, films and comic-books and have terrible and messy love lives.
My main problem was with the prologue. That had no need to be as long as it was and they could have jumped into the story a bit faster.
Again, I don't know why Kevin Smith wants to make a sequel to this 20 years on....
Holds up, as long as you never asked much of it in the first place.
17-year old Falsk would've loved this. 28-year old Falsk was more concered with logging an accurate watch that after yet another Netflix disc began skipping during the last 15 minutes, she dutifully watched the final moments unfold via YouTube. Thank you, CanIStream.It
Kevin Smith's second picture and the first with real studio backing during production, Mallrats attempts to recapture the authentic feelings that Clerks managed to grab at with only half the resources at Smith's disposal. The result is...mixed. While Mallrats is certainly a funny movie, and not really a bad one, it lacks the true strength of character that Clerks had and more often than not simply feels like an exercise in Smith spinning his narrative wheels.
You can certainly see the improved production values on the screen with the film, but then again it'd be hard not to given the general increased budget that Smith had to work with on the film. Unfortunately this lack of need for creativity kind…
I loved this movie in my teens and enjoyed it in my twenties. But I am in my thirties now, and most all of its charms have slipped through the years.
Kevin Smith is a true pioneer. A decade before Judd Apatow, Smith mastered the art of making an 80 minute comedy last 2+ hours.
Two slackers (Jason Lee and Jeremy London) get dumped by their girlfriends on the same day, so they hang out at the local mall and plot revenge - with some help from Jay and Silent Bob and comics legend Stan Lee.
Kevin Smith's uneven follow up to the still-brilliant "Clerks" has its share of funny bits, but after a while it begins to feel like an hour-long TV episode that's been padded out to feature length. Obviously K.S. has bounced back nicely in the two decades since this one tanked at the box office, but at the time people were labeling him a one-hit wonder.
Ein sehr zerfaserter Film. Man merkt Kevin Smith den Druck an, der nach Clerks auf ihm gelastet haben muss.
Mallrats hat keinen richtig roten Faden, Smith hatte nichts zu sagen und musste noch die Fanbase von Clerks zufriedenstellen.
Herausgekommen ist ein ganz launiger Film, der Charaktermerkmale, Charaktere und Ideen von Clerks recycelt, aber kaum neue Ideen oder Motive hat.
Erst mit den folgenden beiden Filmen hat Smith wieder zur eigenen Stärke gefunden, umso sie dann wieder zu verlieren. Ob seine Idee, jeden dummen Witz, der ihm mal in seinen Podcast in den Sinn kam, zu verfilmen, die Lösung sein wird, zeigt die Zukunft.
I fucking love shopping centre violence.
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