in about 100 words or less
US, 94m, Colour
Director: Kevin Smith; Cast: Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Renee Humphrey, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ethan Suplee, Stan Lee
Mallrats is an inconsistent but hilarious sophomoric follow-up to Clerks (1994). Despite studio backing of this production, it was initially neither commercially successful nor widely acclaimed. However, in expanding the confines of the Quick Stop into a New Jersey Mall, Smith established Jay and Silent Bob as key characters in his burgeoning fictional world that would find greater success in subsequent films. As with most of Smith’s movies, the plot of Mallrats is based on failing relationships, and in this case, two buddies’ attempt to console themselves with a trip to the mall after being dumped by their respective girlfriends. As with Clerks, it is the use of witty and often vulgar dialogue which keeps Mallrats interesting. Despite the fact that this film is decidedly slapstick and often relies on juvenile humor, it remains a guilty pleasure for fans of the View Askew universe (Klaus Ming March 2011).