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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…
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…
Silent Bob's line was pretty disappointing. Not too bad though.
Kevin Smith at his best might be when he's trying the least.
I DIDN'T WATCH IT WITH THE COMMENTARY, BRIAN!
Many times a film is so good and the minor flaws are forgiven for all the goodness around it. In the first half of this film, I was loving everything going on, loved the characters and story. It felt like a solid 4 and a half stars then the second half began, threw me off a lot. I wasn't laughing anymore but cringing. Which was just bad.
Overall, good film. I'm going to catch up with some more old Kevin Smith films. This was enjoyable.
Setting up the characters and story was so much fun but the resolution didn't work for me.
So glad I watched this now because I got almost all the references. 6 years back the comic book, Star wars and anal references wouldn't have made sense.
Includes Kitty Cameos.
A Linklater film that instead of using Dickens and Sartre for its inspiration uses comic books that were inspired by the students who took one philosophy class in high school and then had friends who wrote comics. Terrible dialogue. It's a dialogue film. The sailboat thing literally just isn't funny and I have an obsession with scat but every time I think of the rubbing the hand in the asshole and Michael Rooker licking his chocolatey hand I want to barf a little bit. I literally only liked the parts with Jay and Silent Bob, it's not like they were that funny but at least they were funny. God Kevin Smith what the fuck I love like two of your movies but the rest of them I just don't understand, I find your rants completely inane when they're in movie form.
Mallrats is like that "difficult second album", or more so a band that originally seemed so fresh and exciting in their original low-fi aestethic now seem a bit tamer in their more conventional studio surroundings. Really, though, while "Mallrats" had a bigger budget and some semblance of a more conventional cinematic plot, it really was just a bigger-budget "Clerks" from Kevin Smith. Yes there were some more elaborate, high-concept sight gags instead of the more down-to-earth absurd realism of Smith's debut, some strange and elaborate and barely relevant subplots involving a Jay-silent bob mall... heist (?), a teenage whiz kid who's created an elaborate thesis through seducing older men, a local psychic who told the future through the help of…
Deserves better. I think there'a a sequel coming around sooner or later. And Clerks III?
So help me, I still find this funny.
"That kid.... THAT KID... is BACK on the ESCALATOR!" isn't quite as good a Jason Lee shout as "DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME, I'M ONLY THE FUCKING LEAD SINGER" but it's still in the Lee shouting pantheon.
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