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All thought mallrats was a flop in the theaters it has now found its
fan base on DVD. If you are wondering why that is I truly believe it is
because it was simply ahead of its time. Visually mallrats isn't much
to look at but if you are aware of Kevin smiths work you know that he
generally does two angle still shots. So instead of capturing you
visually he does comically. Imediatly when the film starts you are told
a hilarious story told by Jason lee and all thought i do not want to
ruin it i will say it is one of my personal favorite scenes. Also aside
from the comedy this film has a very real feel to it and a decent plot.
I recommend purchasing the mallrats 10th anniversary extended edition
because it has both the theatrical and extended versions of the film.
And a wide variety of special features including cast interviews from
the original set, a brief Q and A with Kevin smith, out takes,
viewaskews look back at mallrats, the erection of an epic-the making of
mallrats, mallrats reunion, a great feature commentary with Kevin smith
Jason lee and Ben affleck, and much more! So if you are a real movie
buff like my self or just a view askew fan i recommend this film for
you. You can pick it up for just about ten bucks and you really are
getting your moneys worth with this one. This film is a must have for
any movie collection.
People may kill me for saying this, but I honestly liked Kevin Smith's
second film better than Clerks. I liked Clerks, but I thought the jokes
in Mallrats, even the sex jokes, were more clever than the ones in
Clerks. One example is the opening narration that serves as a prologue
to the film in which Jason Lee's character asks why his cousin keeps
buying kittens which keep getting "stuck up his ass", to which the
cousin replies "how else am I supposed to get the gerbil out?" I also
liked the style of the film more than Clerks. Yes, much of the film is
static like Clerks, and even the Steadicam shots are very steady, but
there's still a lot of cool things going on here with Kevin Smith's
Of course the review wouldn't be complete without mentioning the great,
hilarious performances by Jeremy London, Jason Lee, a young Ben
Affleck, Ethan Suplee, and of course Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as Jay
and Silent Bob, who I actually found to be at their most likable in
Mallrats (I especially liked the bits detailing their plans to thwart
the evil mall cop La Fours and how they execute them).
The only criticism of the film I have is that the romantic element of
the film gets a bit too cheesy for me at times, but the movie isn't
supposed to be like Chasing Amy where romantic realism is put face
first, it's supposed to be a fast paced comedy, so of course not as
much effort went into the romance as the rest of the film. But this
doesn't really depreciate the value of the movie, just sort of weighs
Regardless, I believe that if people can loosen their hold and focus on
realism for an hour and a half that Mallrats is a very enjoyable film
and definitely worth a watch.
After Kevin Smith's breakthrough movie "Clerks" was well respected by
audiences and winner of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. We see another
installment from him, this time in color, and subtracting the "Clerks"
we all grew to know.
The film is about T.S. (Jeremy London) a regular guy hoping to vacation
to Universal Studios Florida with his girlfriend Brandi (Claire
Forlani) as well as propose to her. She says she is helping her dad
with a game show and can't make it. T.S. has no choice but to go to his
best friend Brodie, a comic book worshiping, slacker who has well gets
dumped by his girlfriend, Rene (Shannen Doherty).
The duo are clueless what to do, till they head to local mall to find
connection with another girl. They loiter and make trips to the food
court for hours till they decide to sabotage Brandi's dad's game show
with the help of the local stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes
and Director Kevin Smith).
The movie has a number of funny cameos like, my favorite, Ethan Suplee
who is trying to find the hidden sail boat in a picture at the mall. He
stands there for hours trying to point it out, while everyone points it
out in a matter of seconds.
The sad thing is this is one of Kevin Smith's least recognized movies,
and probably worst reviews one. I however, think the movie is one of
the best Kevin Smith movies, and goes on "My Top 20 Favorite Movie
List". If your a fan of funny dialogue, check this out, if you a fan of
Kevin Smith, check this out, if your an uptight CEO harassing your
Starring: Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani,
Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, and cameos by Ethan Suplee and Stan Lee.
Directed by: Kevin Smith.
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