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…
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.
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.
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…
Mallrats has a lot of problems. Kevin Smith is not adept at slapstick especially at this early stage in his career. The entire first third of this movie which was all set up to get to the mall was edited out and reshot. Some performers here stumble with Smith's dialogue rhythms particularly Doherty and London.
But there's flashes of excellence. Jason Lee is both a fresh new talent and perfect as a Smith hero. The soundtrack is a favorite filled with great tracks from the period. Certain sequences like the game show and Jay and Silent Bob's Looney Tunes antics work well. The whole endeavor just comes pff as half-baked (pun intended).
watching a different version that i havent seen before. i must of seen the edited version before because im 22mins in and im not enjoying this as much. instead of t.s getting dumped outside brandis house hes getting dumped at school and hes getting chased by reporters which wasnt in the other version. can anyone explain if this is the cinematic release im watching. if it is i can see why it was panned.
Really did not like this one. If you haven't seen, I do like Smith's other movies, but this one did not do it for me at all. Jay and Silent Bob weren't even funny. What the fuck was up with the stupid telekinetic shit Bob was trying to do? I don't know, this one just wasn't for me I guess.
Watched the extended cut for the first time. Easily one of the most useless extended cuts of all time, the new opening was awful.
You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting round the corner: karma. That's when I realized that I had to change, so I made a list of everything bad I've ever done and one by one I'm gonna make up for all my mistakes. I'm just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.
"Say, would you like a chocolate covered pretzel? They're a little melty but damn, are they exquisite!" - Brodie
Like being stinkpalmed by someone you love very dearly.
Imagine the situation. Kevin Smith walks up to you between 1994 and 1995, after you adored Clerks., and he shakes you firmly by the hand. Only for you to discover he's previously shoved it up the arse crack that is self-indulgence, Jeremy London and a recurring joke about not being able to see a secret image in abstract art. The smell is hard to get off.
Abstinence from chocolate-covered pretzels and a large supply of bleach may be required.
- 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…