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…
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.
Fun movie but not near as strong as Clerks. Decent performances overall, but it just felt like something was missing. Those who are fans of the other films in Kevin Smith's "View Askewniverse" (such as myself) will enjoy this one though.
From the iffy gender politics, to the over-written dialogue, right through to the wholly unearned resolution, this is - save for Jason Lee's committed turn - cringe-inducing stuff.
Not quite as great as Clerks, it still made for an enjoyable dumb comedy movie with a satisfying conclusion, par for the course with Kevin Smith.
Makes me interested for the upcoming sequel.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega.
Excited for Mallrats 2!!!
I really don't want to rate Mallrats this low because I love the whole 90s aesthetic, Susanne is a great song and I loathe Clerks II much more, but at least that movie moved me towards some emotion while this was unbelivably dull. Why did he write this? What was he trying to achieve? Fucking aimless. What a borefest.
"Hell halt no fury like a woman scorned for Sega."
Well... that wasn't very funny. Or competently filmed. I really don't understand how Kevin Smith can consistently make the same film over and over again, yet be so hit-or-miss when doing so.
Mallrats, man. This shit was my JAM in middle school. I quoted it like scripture, researched it like a term paper (actually way more thoroughly than a term paper), and idolized Brodie Bruce. I went to Eden Prairie Mall in Minnesota on a pilgrimage, and even rolled into the parking lot playing "Bubbles" by Bush for authenticity! I took a picture in THE elevator! The 90's, AM I RIGHT? Actually, that was probably in 2003.
I would probably despise this movie if not for the attached nostalgia. It's nonsensical. Why would some insufferable elitist asshole like Brodie want lord over a goddamn shopping mall? How does this town's whole social network work? Why did the studio let Kevin Smith put…
One of the things I like most about being on Letterboxd is when someone reviews a movie I remember fondly…