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…
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…
It's always difficult following up a loved and successful debut feature like Clerks, as Kevin Smith found out with Mallrats. I personally think it's great; lashings of humour, a great lead performance from Jason Lee (some actors are just able to make Smith's dialogue seem natural when it comes out of their mouth, something Jeremy London and Shannon Dougherty don't quite achieve), geek-appeasing movie and comic book references (Stan Lee!) and the one thing that Smith does better than anyone; finding heart and sweetness beneath the puerility. Like this film a lot.
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.
Bien flojita, es un gran desorden, sobre todo al final.
El humor de caricatura/cómic está bien, pero no fue del todo mi agrado.
Eso sí, los diálogos están buenísimos, de todas las cosas que se repitieron de Clerks, el parloteo ácido sobre el sexo y la sociedad fue lo mejor. A Silent Bob lo encontré bien badass en un principio, pero en esta se convirtió en la mezcla del Batman sesentero y el Coyote.
No entiendo a los fanboys de Kevin Smith, Clerks fue muy buena y espero con ansías ver la 2 y (si se realiza) la 3, pero algunos de los personajes recurrentes son bien fomes. Por eso, la que más miedo tengo de ver al pasar por toda la filmografía del gordo es Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Es la segunda de Kevin Smith y pienso que bajó mucho la calidad.
Kevin Smith-a-thon (December 2014) - Film #3
After the release of his directorial debut, Kevin Smith gained recognition in the cinema industry and a loyal fanbase. With Clerks, he did something truly original, even with an immensely limited budget. He then wanted to do something more mainstream, Mallrats being the result of that desire. It wound up being a huge disappointment, even if quite fun, given its ambitions.
There isn't really much to say about Mallrats, to be honest. As a teenage flick, it serves its purposes, as its a very good time if you're looking for a simple comedy and you turn off your brain for a bit. As a follow-up to one of 1994's most original movies, however,…
My review -- this film is now on DVD and yes it does have a profit margin but only of $300,000. The contents well we meet these two extremely juvenile men as they have recently got dumped by their girlfriends and for the majority of the film they just go round The Mall, discussing how to get them back or move on and the crazy things that happen in this shopping center. The tempo for this 90 minute film is as interesting as watching paint dry, I mean I know when it begins what is going to happen, I know what's going to happen in the middle and I know what is going to happen in the end [I have…
Audio Commentary: Director Kevin Smith/Producer Scott Mosier/Archivist Vincent Pereira and Actors Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mewes
I went into this movie expecting it to be more like clerks than it really was, this may have resulted in me being biased, especially watching it and clerks back to back, but i think i got a good feel for it.
You cant go into this movie expecting another clerks even though they were made within a year of each other both by Kevin smith. seeing this after clerks puzzled me because it appeared as though Kevin smith made a great semi serious movie about convenience store employees, clerks, which became immensely popular and got him a lot of funding for something new, he then took this funding and used it to make a ridiculous and unfocused comedy about…
Quite dated now but still amusing. Jason Lee single-handedly holds this thinly plotted film together with great delivery of Smith's dialogue and displaying a charisma that would launch his (spotty but mostly successful) career.
Maybe my love of this movie is due to the fact that I grew up about 10 minutes away from the mall where they filmed this. I spent a lot of time there in my formative years and I still have fond memories of those times. I still frequent it from time to time and most recently saw The Skeleton Twins there.
Nostalgia aside, I still think this is one of Smith's best films. No, it's not as "accomplished" as Clerks, but given the choice to rewatch one of them, I ain't picking Clerks. I know that this isn't the filmmaking accomplishment that Dogma or Chasing Amy was, but I had a lot of fun watching it.
The acting ranges…
I had heard that there was something special about this movie... maybe it was Jay and Silent Bob making an appearance, or because it was Kevin Smith's 1st studio financed movie... but I hadnt watched it up until now...
I enjoyed Clerks, and Clerks 2 for that matter... so I was expecting some of the same... but to be honest, this movie didnt live up to that.
Its a pretty simple story, a couple of average guys have their girlfriends break up with them, and then decide to embark on a mission not to just reclaim them, but also get to the bottom of an event going on at their local mall, and try to sabotage it ala Jay and…
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- The Break-Up
- Celeste & Jesse Forever
- Breaking Upwards
Pretty self-explanatory. I want to collect all of the movies that deal with relationships falling apart/ending. I'm also interested in…