Mallrats (1995) 3.57/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 73.2
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 94 mins
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee

Kevin Smith’s “Clerks in a Mall” more or less lives up to it’s unofficial title by giving us a similar series of dialogue saturated scenes but it also dials up the zaniness to almost cartoon levels. Jason Lee and Jeremy London star as two recently jilted guys who head to their sanctuary of the mall to moan about and lament their ex-girlfriends respectively but while there, circumstances provide an opportunity to make amends in both cases. But let’s not get caught up in what passes for the story because this movie is all about the free form madness that Mike Smith and his array of hilariously realised characters can concoct in one day-long outing.

Mallrats is a laugh a minute with a number of top comedic actors all zinging off each other in delightfully acerbic fashion. Lee was born to play the irreverent obsessive Brodie and it’s probably his best film role. London works off him well as the straight-man of the pair and there’s some decent female support in the form of Shannen Doherty and Joey Lauren Adams. Of course, as is the case with all of Smith’s earlier films, it’s Jason Mewes and Smith himself as the infamous Jay and Silent Bob who steal the show with a series of utterly nuts super-zero set pieces. “Where do you get those wonderful toys?”

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