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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…
Kevin Smith's 2nd flick is not so funny as Clerks, but it had a better budget and a lot of crazy things going on.
So uniquely entertaining. I havent seen this in SUCH a long time and it was totally better and more heady than I remembered. The scene between Stan Lee and Jason Lee is so perfect.
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Not going to lie, this one was a bit of a disappointment.
Though they aren't masterpieces, I've always been a fan of Kevin Smith's movies. Like him or not, the man has a real knack for dialogues and for creating characters and situations that many of us can relate to.
Mallrats was the last unseen Kevin Smith movie on my list (except for Yoga Hosers which should be available here soon) and I was really looking forward to it after hearing how much some people love this one.
- First, the good: Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty and Joey Lauren Adams.
They all had great scenes and you can see how…
I don't really care for Kevin Smith anymore and I think his dialogue is pretentious beyond belief...but I still enjoy the hell out of Mallrats.
Five star rating for the amazingly candid roundtable commentary track featuring members of the cast and crew. MVP being Ben Affleck.
Watch the theatrical version. The director's cut explains things a little different and made me not like some characters as much.
"I love the smell of commerce in the morning!"
Back in '95 I didn't love this movie, probably unfairly comparing it with the masterpiece of Clerks, and then when it was followed up with the evolved Chasing Amy, this felt like the forgotten middle child of the original early Smith trilogy. Which is a pity, cos as I've aged I've noted this is a great piece of mid-90's slacker cinema.
"One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck in his ass. True story. " - Brodie.
What a way to open a film!
This might actually be my favourite Kevin Smith film - the dialogue is great, Jason Lee is just fanastic in this - in fact most of the actors are brilliant - and the set-up is simple, allowing for the storyline and characterisations to take centre-focus.This film fills me with so much nostalgia for the early-mid '90s, and the soundtrack is pretty incredible. Only issue for me is that I wish to focus was on Brodie and Rene, rather than T.S. and Brandi. Not only is their storyline funnier and more interesting, but it is far better acted. However, this is still one of those films that never fails to put a smile on my face. Love it.
Dumb fun I think I could watch over and over and not get bored.
I have a friend who absolutely loves Clerks but hadn't ever heard of Mallrats. Naturally, I fixed that pretty quickly.
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