Two best friends embark on a trip to the local mall to
win back their girlfriends who recently dumped them.
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, Michael Rooker, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith,
Joey Lauren Adams, Renée Humphrey, Ethan Suplee, Stan Lee
Mallrats is one of the goofier films of Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse. It's a film that hasn't aged particularly well, but is still a good deal of fun if you want something mindless to shut off your brain and just make you laugh. Is it my favorite of his? No way, that honor still belongs to Clerks. It's not one of his best either. In fact, it's probably the worst of his connected universe films. But that doesn't make it a bad movie. It just means the rest of them are stellar. But while Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Dogma had something to say, Mallrats is just plain stupid, in a good way.
T.S. (London) and Brodie (Lee) are two comic nerd best friends who get dumped by their girlfriends on the same day. They seek refuge in the local mall, where they never actually shop. They just kind of hang around, hence the name Mallrats. At the mall, they run into their girlfriends and try to figure out a way to win them back using T.S.'s girlfriend's father's shitty game show and a pep talk from the late great Stan Lee as himself. Considering this was Smith's follow-up to Clerks, this could've easily derailed his career. The film was a bomb and somewhat found an underground audience, but nowhere near the kind the rest of his movies have. Thank God for Chasing Amy.
Mallrats is a fun watch, I reiterate. Just don't expect another Clerks. Expect stupid, raunchy, absurd fun with a Kevin Smith flavor. It celebrates 90's comic book culture and also brought Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck together for the first time. And nobody plays a douche bag like 90's Affleck. He was the bomb in Phantoms, yo.