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A movie with so little to say, that I have little to say about it

  • Dec 5, 2011
A year after Kevin Smith made his landmark debut with Clerks, he was given something of a small budget and asked to come up with another movie.  Clerks could be seen as a catharsis for Smith and others who slaved away in low paying and high irritating jobs and this movie Mallrats, really doesn't say anything.

The story is really just a skittering with two guys who slum it at a mall after they're girlfriends dump them.  In between they meet stoners Jay and Silent Bob, disrupt a game show and meet a topless psychic.  Smith indulges here with plenty of geek talk, pop culture love and the classic chestnut of "could Lois Lane have Superman's baby" which is something that they made into a Twilight movie later on.

Now, don't get me wrong-the movie is funny.  There are some good classic lines here and the movie does keep a good clip but I really think Smith blew his wad on Clerks.  Clerks was his movie that said a lot and connected with people on a personal level.....this movie not so much.  Yes it's fun to bond with Brody and TK on they're nonsense adventures but other then the fun talk there isn't much there.  Smith doesn't HAVE to make every movie personal no, but after what I still think is his only great movie, Smith moved on to relaxing and having fun here and something must have been lost.

Mallrats isn't bad, it is funny but it's nothing else.  The characters might as well be silent though cause they sure don't say much.  Other then a lot of 4 letter words.
A movie with so little to say, that I have little to say about it A movie with so little to say, that I have little to say about it

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March 05, 2013
John, I loved this movie and from what you wrote, you seemed to like parts of it and found other parts funny. I am baffled that your numeric score is negative based on this. There are some real stinkers out there that still get at least a single star. I realize this was a far cry from Clerks but your review sounds like between two and a half to three stars.
March 05, 2013
I've thought about this too, but when it comes down to it I didn't really think of anything else with this movie other then a couple of laughs and I often thought of "could you recommended it to friends?" I always go with no cause that really is all the film is are a couple of laughs and nothing else. Far from the worst film I've ever seen, but it has very litle going for it.
December 08, 2011
I love Jay and Silent Bob, but I have to say, this is my least favorite of all of their movies and it's the one that I have no desire to watch again.
December 05, 2011
I completely agree with you. There are far better slacker flicks out there. I LOVED Clerks and was definitely the female Randall at my crappy video store job lol We used to watch it all the time, the same will never be said about Mallrats. Great write-up!
December 06, 2011
Thanks. Maybe I could have been kinder to it, but this really isn't what I'd call great fare or something to reccamend.
December 07, 2011
If you'd have been kinder, it would've been lying! There were a few lines in there and you gave them the short attention they deserve, so don't feel too badly.
December 05, 2011
Based on your review, I agree.
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Quick Tip by . December 05, 2011
Slacker buddies hang out at a mall all day and engage in silly shenanigans. Thats about it. Considering Smith's strong introduction with Clerks which was a movie with a lot to say, now we have a movie with nothing to say.
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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