Kevin Smith's follow-up to his unexpected hit Clerks details the pointless story of T.S. (Jeremy London) and Brodie (Jason Lee), two suburban New Jersey slackers who decide to head to the mall in search of solace after being dumped by their girlfriends (Shannon Doherty and Claire Forlani, respectively). There the two young men machinate to appear on a game show being staged and also manage to meet comic-book magnate Stan Lee. However, complications arise when the girls show up. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Mallrats
Mallrats mixes clever bits and an appealing quirkiness (which goes a long way) with gross-out practical jokes, needless repetition and obvious padding, since it has no real plot.
The movie has a few amusing '70s references and there's a wonderfully weird sequence featuring a topless fortune-teller. Overall, though, moviegoers can find much better deals.
If the Sundance Institute or the AFI ever offers a course advising directors of successful first films what to avoid the second time around, Mallrats could be at the heart of the curriculum.
Smith has slicked up his follow-up vision of Slackerville USA, but the outcome is nowhere near as brash and original.
Despite a broad range of effective comedy and a decent laugh-per-minute ratio, Mallrats is likely to be a moderate disappointment for anyone who guffawed their way through the previous film.
Retains enough Smith-isms to help navigate all potholes in execution. Flawed, yes, but Mallrats has its charms when it isn't shoving its hand up its own hindquarters.
Almost everyone has lively things to say, the topics usually centering on the Kevin Smith triumvirate of sex, comics, and movies.
Ragged, messy, and flat, this is Kevin Smith's sophomore jinx; coming right after Clerks, it was a huge artistic and commercial flop
There must be a helluva lot of Mallrats fans out there, and I feel pretty confident in saying that they'll pretty much adore this new DVD edition.
How did Kevin Smith gain any fan base? This clunker made a bundle.
Fun, but the least of Smith's Jay and Silent Bob films.
Underrated Kevin Smith. Lots of inside jokes, background gags and smart dialogue.
Of the 2,818 movies I've seen, never have I witnessed a greater comedic performance than that of Jason Lee in Mallrats, and I doubt I ever will.
Kevin Smith's weakest film, and a guilty pleasure among his fans, but a movie that I found to be very rhythmless and flat.
Snoogins! One of the funniest movies of all time!
A surprisingly clever and hilariously bizarre take on the Gen-X teen experience.
It's second not only in sequence, but a distant also-ran in quality, too.
Audience Reviews for Mallrats
In 1994 Pulp Fiction won Best Screenplay. I would argue that Mallrats had a much better screenplay, by a mile. Seriously, you've got 'What do they call a Big Mac in Amsterdam' versus Stan Lee explaining that ever Superhero he has written is a version of his own heartbreak. Give me Mallrats any day of the week. Ok, so it is pretty puerile at times but that's what so great about it. It is at times quite profound but then it shakes of any pretension and goes of jokes. It is a wonderful slice of the 90's that gets me all nostalgic.More
17 years ago I was around 10 years old, magic eyes were in every daily newspaper comics section, vhs tapes were all we knew, the Sega Genesis was the racy video game machine, and punk rock was beginning its heyday. There was barely an internet and there was no e-commerce, nor were there shopping centers like we have now; there were only malls. Malls with arcades, pet stores and comic book stores. Mallrats, from 1995, captures this moment in time. This is a very stupid movie, but Kevin Smith does to "stupid comedy" what Quintin Tarantino does to "violence" -- adds an entertaining, signature style and atmosphere (and off-plot dialogue of random observations). They are both confident in their unorthodox approaches, doing things no other filmmakers have the guts to try or sense to pull off (Did I really just do a magic eye image? ..Yes, and that was no sailboat!). This movie knows what it is, bad acting included, and it doesn't care if I don't like it - it was only made for those that would. If I had seen this as an adult 17 years ago, I likely would have thought it banal and given it 2 stars. But seeing it now, well I guess I'm one of the lucky ones!More
Though this a brainless, disappointing follow-up to Clerks, it's still enjoyable just to enter back into the world of Kevin Smith.More
Brodie: Listen, not a year goes by, not a year, that I don't hear about some escalator accident involving some bastard kid which could have easily been avoided had some parent - I don't care which one - but some parent conditioned him to fear and respect that escalator.
"It's mall or nothing"
Okay, so Mallrats isn't Clerks or Chasing Amy; it is still funny and entertaining in ways only a Kevin Smith film can be. Filled with foul language and gross out dialogue; Mallrats is a movie that is pretty much identical to Clerks in concept. The film gives us two friends, who hang out at one location and talk all day. Occasionally something happens, like an elevator fuck, but for the most part it is just an average day in the life of two best friend losers.
Both T.S. and Brodie have been dumped by their girlfriends on the same morning. After meeting up and learning that the other has had the same misfortune, they decide to go hang out at the mall. There they run into a cast of characters. There's a guy who stares at a picture all day trying to see the 3-D image. There's a 15 year old genius who is writing a book on males sex drive. Stan Lee is having a comic signing in the mall. Brodie's archenemy, Shannon, works in a store there and is making the moves on his now ex-girlfriend. And of course Jay and Silent Bob are there hanging out, doing nothing.
This movie doesn't reach the hilariousness of Clerks, but for a second directorial project, it is pretty good. It has the great indie feel that all of Smith's works have. It is packed full of all of the entertainment Smith loves like comic books and Star Wars. In fact, the whole movie Silent Bob is trying to do the Jedi mind trick.
Mallrats isn't great, but if you have seen some of Smith's other films and liked them, odds are you will like this one too. If you have seen and disliked movies like Clerks and Chasing Amy, even Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; I can pretty much guarantee you won't like this one anymore. In fact, you'll probably like it less.
- When are men going to learn that women want romance, not Mr. Toad's Wild Ride?
- Be fair, all right? Everyone wants Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
- I love the smell of commerce in the morning.
- T.S. Quint:
- I'd prefer ritual suicide.
- Breakfasts come and go, Rene, but Hartford, 'the Whale,' they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime.
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