In 1995, director Kevin Smith went from black and white convenience store to a fully colored mall and decorated it with some memorable hijinx.
“Mallrats” is the story of Brodie (Jason Lee) and TS (Jeremy London) taking a day to blow off some steam after being dumped by their girlfriends (Shannen Doherty and Claire Forlani). To find solace, they go to the commonplace 90’s watering hole; the mall. Unfortunately, both of their exes are there as well. Brodie’s has already moved on to a department store manager (Ben Affleck) while TS’s is being forced to participate in her dad’s (Michael Rooker) horribly cheesy dating game. Upon this discovery the boys now have a new mission: get their girlfriends back.
Mallrats took 90’s culture and turned it into art. The struggles we see Brodie and TS go through are not unlike our own; albeit a little exaggerated. They run into all kinds of misfits and situations that we’ve all met and been through (with the exception of Jay and Silent Bob, a topless fortune-teller and Stan Lee). Although the acting resembles that of a High School play, Mallrats has charm, quick wit and enough sense to bring joy more than 20 years later.
On March 14, it was announced that Smith will be directing “Mallrats 2” and has been actively trying to reunite as much of the original cast as possible for the film as he did for “Clerks 2.”
With four original cast members to go, it looks like the kids are back the escalator.
2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Mallrats”
I go back and forth with Mallrats and Clerks – can never decide which of them is my favourite. I love this film! I’m a little scared about the sequel. Clerks 2 was one of the worst films I’ve sat through, and Kevin Smith hasn’t made a good film for years…
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Nice little write up from The Bonesaw blog about Mallrats, one of Kevin Smith’s great films.