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.
Mallrats is not clerks, and does not aspire to be. It gets a bad rap for this fact, but it's a decently enjoyable movie. Brodie and TS are fun to be around, Brodie more so, and the end result is a funny film, which is nowhere near as impactful as clerks.
This is easily the most poorly made movie of Kevin Smith's career. Yes, even worse than Red State. Yet it's also one of those "so bad that it's so good" movies, stepping into Orgazmo territory.
It's blasphemous, but Kevin Smith was not concerned with making a good film here. It's supposed to be an all-out ridiculous comedy, and that's exactly what he turns in. It's funny shit, and highly rewatchable.
I have a very distinct memory of the first time I watched Mallrats. It was my first night in the new house. I could probably work out the exact date if I wasn't so lazy. I am so I won't.
I was 16/17 and this was my introduction to the world of Kevin Smith. I'm now 30 and watch this film in a very different way. I no longer have the same awe and love of Jay and SIlent Bob. I realise that Brodie is just a shouty cunt and that TS is a self-obsessed prick. Brandi doesn't have the strength in convictions she believes she has. Tricia is not as hot as I remember and Gwen is still utterly fuckable.
I still enjoy the film, just in a different way.
"One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck up his ass. True story. He bought it at our local mall, so the whole fiasco wound up on the news. It was embarrassing for my relatives and all, but next week, he did it again. Different cat, same results, complete with another trip to the emergency room. So, I run into him a week later in the mall and he's buying another cat. And I says to him, "Jesus, Walt! What are you doing? You know you're just gonna get this cat stuck up your ass too. Why don't you knock it off?" And he said to me,…
Did you see the sail boat? As even i watched this film and couldn't see the blasted sail boat!!!! Brilliant Comedy to succeed Clerks. Jay and Silent Bobs greatest film i dare say. Hell even Stan Lee is in it!!! Grab your self some chocolate flavoured pretzels and enjoy this amazingly funny film. Snootchi Bootchis.
If liking Kevin Smith is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Certainly not Smith's best movie, that title belongs to Dogma, Mallrats is still a really enjoyable film that has Jason Lee on top comedic form. The plot is simple, two people recently dumped by their girlfriends go to the mall to mend their broken hearts and to try and win their ladies back. It's simple, but that's all it needs to be. All this film needs in order to be enjoyable is some punchy dialogue and Jason Lee wiping his arse with his hand and shaking someone's hand.
I do like Kevin Smith's idiosyncrasy
Kevin Smith ist ein bisschen wie eine mittelmäßige Skatepunkband aus den Neunzigern. Sicherlich ganz unterhaltsam, aber gerade aufgrund des doch sehr eingeschränkten Repertoires und des handwerklichen Unvermögens nur für einen engen Kreis von Menschen, der nicht erwachsen werden will auf dauer wirklich interessant.
Mallrats fühlt sich an wie der schwache Versuch den Erfolg von Clerks zu wiederholen, der Film ist so etwas wie das enttäuschende zweite Album. Kevin Smith bleibt ein One-it-Wonder, und selbst der Hit war maximal eine ordentliche Nummer.
One of Smith's best straight-up comedies and probably his most mainstream in terms of style and substance. Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?
Entertaining juvinilila from Kevin Smith.
Moments of insight under the skin of this fun flick.
I watched it with my cousin. Still great.
Almost as good as Clerks and a great addition to the View Askewniverse.
Another all time guilty pleasure
Director Kevin Smith followed up his Clerks (1994) with his first studio backed film staring Jason Lee, Jeremy London and Shannen Doherty. Two slackers are dumped by their respective girlfriends and spend the day at the local mall.
Despite not achieving the praise that Clerks did this is a funny film even if the plot is not especially impressive. What really makes the film is new comer Jason Lee in one of his first roles really stealing the film with his ranting nature and comic book obsession. Having a large cast certainly helps and there are plenty of laughs along the way.