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From director Kevin Smith (Clerks), comes the outrageous story of two loafers who spend way too much time hanging out at the mall in Mallrats. When Brodie (Jason Lee) is dumped by his girlfriend (Shannen Doherty), he retreats to the mall with his best friend T.S. (Jeremy London), whose girlfriend has also left him. Between brooding and visits to the food court, the unmotivated twosome decide to win their girlfriends back with the help of the ultimate delinquents, Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) and Jay (Jason Mewes), whose continuing adventures take the word "nuisance" to a whole new level.
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The reason I'm giving it one star is because this blu-ray is listed as having Digital HD Ultraviolet and was the main reason I purchased this disc. But once you open it up and try to redeem the code, you'll discover that it is expired. A quick email to Universal reveals that they no longer offer a UV copy of this movie and, instead, I was given the option of receiving Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Big Nope.
This practice of having digital copies expire when the case itself presents Digital HD as an added feature with no obvious warning that you might not get what you thought you were paying for is completely deceptive and unacceptable. It's like advertising the package contains both Blu-ray and DVD and finding they've removed the Blu-ray discs because that deal has expired. That obviously hasn't happened because removing a physical disc from a sealed package would be very difficult but because they can simply make digital HD codes inactive, they can do this very easily with this format. The practice of doing so is no less acceptable, though.
I've experienced this in the past with the old digital downloads format but never with UV. Needless to say, I'll be avoiding Universal movies in the future.
Although not as well known as some of Smith's other titles, "Mallrats" remains one of my favorites, featuring all the Star Wars and comic book references, the locker room humor, and quick witted writing that were Kevin Smith hallmarks, this movie also features a very young Ben Affleck, as well as Shannen Doherty (fresh off of her 90210 days), Jeremy London, Jason Lee (pre "My Name is Earl"), along with Smith and long time friend Jason Mewes hitting full stride as their signature characters Jay and Silent Bob.
If you like Kevin Smith movies, you'll love "Mallrats!"
The real gem on this disc however has to be the Audio Commentary. By the way, this was the first Audio Commentary I ever viewed with "Video Hijinks"; IE: when the mallrats logo appears, press the select button on your remote to change the screen to a 'live' shot of the guys in the Audio Commentary booth interacting with each other. It was great to see all the guys together. Smith, Mewes, good ol' Ben Affleck (Who by the time I saw Mallrats had become 'all that and a bag of potato chips' through his post-Mallrats flicks), as well as "Chasing Amy's Jason Lee" (A referral poor old J.L. will probably take to the grave) all work great together, feeding of what each other says to make a very intertaining and worthwhile DVD. In fact, People I know that HATE Mallrats (I can't see how the could) have bought the DVD primarily for the Commentaries and Extra Features. One mate I know only liked Clerks and Chasing Amy, but owns every Kevin Smith DVD on the market! Another Gem has to be the "Easter Egg" on the Mallrats DVD. For those DVD-Illiterate people out there, an Easter Egg is a 'hidden bonus' but in most cases, these aren't hidden very well. To access it, move your cursor onto the Robot's Eyes at the Mallrats Menu and press select (It is either the Main Menu or the Bonus Features Menu). Rather humerous little addition by Kevin Smith.
Kevin Smith does a wonderful job writing this movie. He is known for writing great dialogue and Mallrats is no exception. If you grew up in the 90's you can probably identify with this movie on some level, and should watch it. I consider it a "Gateway" movie to the Kevin Smith world and often suggest that new visitors to that world start with this movie or "Chasing Amy".
If you haven't seen Mallrats, it is definitely worth a viewing; especially if you like a smartly written movie with some great dialogue, and blue language doesn't bother you.
Enjoy, and Happy Viewing!!