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.
Finally visiting Kevin Smith's 90's slacker comedy Mallrats and I liked it. The plot is pretty simple. Two dudes lose their girlfriends, go to the mall, try to get them back. Along the way we meet some familiar characters and hilarity naturally ensues. It's pretty damn 90s. I can't not mention Weezer's 'Susanne' playing during the closing credits. Love the song, love the band, awesome ending.
Kevin Smith's follow up to his 1994 classic 'Clerks'; 'Mallrats' is a glossier, slicker version of it's black-and-white predecessor.
A film set primarily in and around a Jersey mall, where protagonists TS and Brodie (Jeremy London and Jason Lee) are seeking a distraction from their failing love lives; Mallrats also brings back Jay and Silent Bob, who were breakout characters in Clerks and on the cusp of becoming 90's pop culture symbols.
This film is so obviously "of it's time", and yet also retains an inexplicably timeless quality. An ode to growing up in 90s middle America, this film nonetheless struck a chord with me - as a teen in middle noughties Australia - upon my first viewing. There's probably…
It's like one of Brodie’s stinky, butt-scented chocolate covered pretzels – it tastes good, but something is definitely off.
(Note: really excited that I got to use that comparison. Almost makes it worth another half star.)
Pretty entertaining movie to watch, some funny parts, it had a certain fell that you get with these types of movies but, it was a kevin smith movie.
FLY FATASS FLY.
"DO IT DOUG!"
Commentary Track 8/10
Mallrats is a fun sophomore effort from Kevin Smith, but it lacks the charm of Clerks.
That's not to say it lacks any charm at all though, Jason Lee is a great lead and has some good chemistry with Jeremy London. Smith's writing is still pretty good, though I feel it's not quite as sharp as I would've liked.
I had a good few chuckles at some of the jokes, but the majority of the movie didn't land for me. It was still entertaining enough, but some of the more childish and over the top vulgarity just wasn't funny to me. The ending was also really underwhelming and cliched, I was expecting something a little more clever than the Hollywood…
Here is a list taken from the very funny book of the same list title these films span from 1970's…