Mallrats

Critics Consensus

Mallrats colorfully expands the View Askewniverse, even if its snootchie has lost a few of the bootchies boasted by its beloved predecessor.

55%

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Total Count: 44

82%

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Movie Info

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

Cast

Jeremy London
as T.S. Quint
Jason Lee
as Brodie
Claire Forlani
as Brandi Svenning
Kevin Smith
as Silent Bob
Ben Affleck
as Shannon
Ethan Suplee
as William
Stan Lee
as Himself
Carol Banker
as Security Guard
Steven Blackwell
as Arresting Cop
Kyle Boe
as Pull Toy Kid
David Brinkley
as TV Executive No. 1
Jeff Gadbois
as TV Executive No. 2
Walter Flanagan
as Fan at Comic Store
Ethan Flower
as Guy Contestant No. 1
Ed Hapstack
as Guy Contestant No. 2
Chelsea Frye
as Girl with Easter Bunny
Art James
as Game Show Host
Bryan Johnson
as Employee at Comic Store
David Klein
as Fan at Comic Store
Tyson Nassauer
as Kid at Poster Kiosk
Britt Swenson
as Child at Kiosk No. 1
Mikey Kovar
as Child at Kiosk No. 2
Crystal Muirhead-Manik
as Saleslady at Lingerie Store
Aaron Preusse
as Passerby in Park Lot
Brad Fox
as Team La Fours Member
Gino Gori
as Team La Fours Member
Zach Perkins
as Team La Fours Member
Brad Giddings
as Team La Fours Member
Bryce Mack
as Team La Fours Member
Christopher O'Larkin
as Team La Fours Member
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Critic Reviews for Mallrats

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (20)

  • How can a reviewer write about a movie that makes Dumb and Dumber seem like a Merchant-Ivory production?

    Aug 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • This sparky if flawed effort deserves re-evaluation.

    Dec 3, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Danny Graydon

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 13, 2001 | Full Review…
  • Smith has slicked up his follow-up vision of Slackerville USA, but the outcome is nowhere near as brash and original.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Between the routines and retorts, there's a lot of narrative dead air -- and far too many new guests.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mallrats

  • Jun 28, 2017
    There's something so singular and relatable about Kevin Smith's movies. Even when they feature ridiculous plots and unrealistic characters, I always find something about them grounded. That likely has to do with the fact that I share many of the same interests as Smith, with the biggest being, comic-books. Mallrats is about a group of college students who lounge around their local mall because they have nothing better to do. More specifically, Mallrats deals with two guys who have recently been broken up with, and devise a brilliant (or not so brilliant) plan to win them back. The chaos that ensues at the mall falls nothing short of being good ole screwball fun. That's part of the reason why Kevin Smith succeeds with Mallrats so well, he's not making this for critics, he makes his movies for his friends and the fans. Not that critics wouldn't enjoy such irreverent fun, but the lack of sophistication in the way the characters act in Mallrats isn't something you see in most Hollywood films. Visiting a topless fortune teller, beating up the mall Easter Bunny, elevator sex, or listening to Stan Lee fake monologue about his past are only a few of the things that go on. You either like Smith's style or you don't, I just happen to be one of those people who do. Mallrats only works if the writing and the characters are as memorable as they are. Watching a comedy 20 years after its release provides ample time for reevaluation if the bits are still funny, and if they are you know that it's a good piece of cinema. Although the stuff inside the mall may be dated, the jokes certainly are not. At least for me, that is. In all, Smith created another beloved gem with Mallrats, albeit with a slightly goofy sense of humor. 8.1/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2012
    A very fun and entertaining adventure that is very close to heart of other Kevin Smith movies. As always the laughs come down hard and when you start it is hard to stop, it is just a shame you only get this about 3 or 4 times in this movie. The adventure on display is something so original and comedic that you could expect only Kevin or Judd Apatow to pull off. It is rude, crude, funny, entertaining but sometimes slow and you just want the pace to quicken because the plot is so predictable; that the 2 hour length seems too long. Kevin always uses the same formula for his movies and that is to throw to 2 likeable people into this adventure. Even though their ordinary routine is odd they embark on a crazy adventure with one clear goal or target on mind. And it may be that I have already seen it before that this style loses it's charm and becomes a bore to the audience at points. Overall it is a great and funny film that you will surely love if you don't mind the quite rude nature but just don't expect it to rank up with Clerks.
    Luke C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    Snoochie Boochies! Mallrats is a classic Kevin Smith film that's outrageously fun and entertaining. In this follow-up to Clerks, Smith tackles mall culture as a group of college kids hangout and get caught up in all types of shenanigans. The film has an exceptional cast that includes Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Ben Affleck, and Claire Forlani. Once again Smith delivers his trademark brand of humor and clever, witty dialog. However, some of the humor doesn't work and Smith's directing is still a little inconsistent. Yet despite its flaws, Mallrats is a hilariously entertaining comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    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!
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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