This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…
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.
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…
Es muy divertido leer comentarios de gente señalando "los problemas de dirección" de Mallrats, como si el Kevin Smith del resto de su filmografía fuera, no sé, Hitchcock, Lang o Murnau. Que sí, que la peli es tosca hasta decir basta, pero también es divertidísima. Y, lo que es aún mejor, vista hoy resulta un maravilloso viaje de vuelta al indie de los noventa. Cuando en el futuro miles de películas se hayan perdido en el olvido, Mallrats seguirá siendo un documento imprescindible sobre el cine y la sociedad de su época.
I don't understand what happened here. This does not feel at all like a Kevin Smith film. It abandons everything endearing and amusing about his style of filmmaking in favour of some weird r-rated Disney channel original film style nonsense.
Actors who are normally funny or at least capable of delivering lines and convincingly acting as humans are all playing strange cartoon characters with over the top characteristics as they journey through childishly contrived and choreographed set pieces and gags.
None of it works. The dialogue, which has always been Smiths strong point, Is mostly terrible or at least terribly relayed.
The darkly intelligent writing and waxing philosophical about pop culture and maturity and friendships is replaced with antics and immature/lame gags and the end result is exhausting and not worth the effort.
Definitely one of my favorite Kevin Smiths'.
As a general fan of buddy- and/or stoner-comedys, Mallrats held up to my expectations and even exceeded them.
I am probably in the minority here, but I do feel that this was better than Clerks. Not sure if that's just the nostalgia talking (I watched this a LOT in late high school/early college), or if it's just the charisma of Jason Lee, but I can't bring myself to not like this movie. Yes, it's totally juvenile. I can't help it.
"Hahahaha... you dumb bastard. It's not a schooner, it's a sailboat."
Objectively, this isn't a great film. However, it was a staple of my summer blockbuster renting during my early teens and, as such, holds tremendous nostalgic power over me.
I'm convinced that Brodie's impassioned delivery of his absurdly verbose dialogue would be charming to most anyone, though.
At first I thought, it hasn't aged well. Then I realised it just wasn't funny. Tries to be wry but it's all so forced.
The worst of Kevin Smith's films. Funny at times, but quite idiotic and poorly acted - save for Jason Lee, who steals the show. Jay and Silent Bob are particularly annoying here, and some of the jokes are mind-numbingly dumb. A step down from Clerks, which is saying something.
Only watched half, sadly. I'd forgotten just how long the extended opening is and how different some parts are from the original.
Mallrats is an undeniably likeable movie, as are all the instalments of Jay and Silent Bob, but unlike Kevin Smith's other films, it just isn't funny. The cast do their best and Kevin Smith tries to direct it as more than your average one-liner comedy, but most of the jokes just fall flat, even the scene with Stan Lee. It's not until that game show scene where I truly thought the movie was funny, but even then Smith has been better. Sorry, everyone.
The already weakest entry in Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse hasn't aged as well as Clerks. or Chasing Amy, but Jason Lee is still awesome and the dialogue remains quick, witty, and funny.
Here is a list taken from the very funny book of the same list title these films span from 1970's…