Mallrats [HD DVD]
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From Kevin Smith, the acclaimed director of Clerks, comes this outrageous story of two loafers, Jeremy London (The Babysitter) and Jason Lee (Kissing a Fool), who spend way too much time hanging out at the mall. When Brodie (Lee) is dumped by his girlfriend, Shannen Doherty (Heathers, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun), he retreats to the mall with his best friend T.S. (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.
Sophomore jinx hit hard in this second film by Kevin Smith, whose debut Clerks transcended the limits of its setting and budget to become something memorably funny. (Smith followed Mallrats with the wonderful Chasing Amy, so Mallrats definitely had the old curse.) A ramshackle comedy set in a mall, the film follows several story lines involving lovers, enemies, friends, goofballs, and Smith's own "silent" character, who also appeared in Clerks and Chasing Amy. A heavy self-consciousness weighs on everything, as if Smith forgot how to make obscenity funny instead of tedious. Still, it's nice to see some of the director's film family on screen, among them Jason Lee and Joey Lauren Adams. --Tom Keogh
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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!"
I've heard on Wikipedia that this movie got bad reviews at the time of its release. I honestly think this is a very funny romantic comedy. I barely see any plot holes or flaws in the film.
Jason Lee is awesome as Brodie. Brodie is a comic book geek who really shines during Truth or Date where e makes fun of Gill.
TS is kind of the weak point, but he is the straight man to Brodie which does allow Brodie to be even funnier.
Jay and Silent Bob are still funny as everyone's favorite drug dealers, trying to sabotage the game show and help Brodie and TS get their girlfriends back.
I can watch this movie over and over and still enjoy it.
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.
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