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Mallrats (1995)

Cast: Shannen Doherty, Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, more...
Director: Kevin Smith, Kevin Smith
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Comedies
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
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, All Movie Guide

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Disappointing by vaxjo May 3, 2004 - 7:03 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I gave this movie one rating point for each joke at which I laughed out loud. I'm pretty sure there were two, but even though I just finished watching it, I can recall only one.
The delivery was predictable, the plot was sophomoric, the running gags were flat and the characters were base stereotypes. The slapstick wasn't so bad, but there wasn't near enough of it.

I bet this movie would have been funnier if I were 15.

"Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?" by BrodiesGirl June 10, 2003 - 3:13 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
mall-rat: slang

1. One who hangs out in a mall with no shopping agenda whatsoever

2. Most commonly associated with the 1995 film Mallrats, Kevin Smith's sophomore effort


I'll will be incredibly forthrght in my bias: I LOVE Jason Lee. The man can do no wrong. Some wrong movie choices, perhaps, but he steals every scene he is in and has some of the best line deliveries ever. So bear in mind that my adoration of his performance in this movie is far too deep for me to really review this objectively, but I'll try.


With that out of the way, Mallrats is not a "good" movie. Some people find it downright terrible. Most found it to be part of the sophomore curse for Kevin Smith, coming off of the critical darling no-budget Clerks and into this 5 million dollar fiasco. Then again, Polygram wanted this movie to try and breathe new life into the gross-out rated-R teen movies of the eighties such as Porky's. Yet Mallrats found a new home and new fans through VHS and DVD. Rightfully so, since this showcases some of the finest moments for Jason Lee, an actor who is truly meant to utter Kevin Smith's long bulky diatribes.

[Spoilers, look out...]


Mallrats follows a day in the life of Brodie (Lee) and T.S. Quint (Jeremy London), starting out with our protaganists getting dumped by their respective girlfriends. Brodie knows that the only way to help ease their double loss is to go to the mall. T.S. desperately wants his girlfriend back while Brodie insists that they do not need girlfriends when there are comic books and malls. T.S. finds out that his ex-girlfriend's father has plans to auction off his daughter with his "Dating Game"-type show which happens to be filming at the mall. Hilarity ensues as they enlist Jay and Silent Bob, the two notorious slackers featured in all of the "Jersey Five" movies, to destroy the gameshow. When that doesn't work, T.S. and Brodie end up on the gameshow to cause trouble and win back their girls. And as in any Smith movie, Star Wars, sex, profanity and wacky characters abound, including a topless fortuneteller and a hapless lad who is on a mission to see those damn Magic Eye things even if it kills him.

All in all, the dialogue and quotability factors once again save this Smith movie as well as the incomparable Jason Lee.




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(Average 6.37)
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