Mallrats is the tale of Brodie (Jason Lee) and T.S. (Jeremy London), two best friends who were unceremoniously dumped by their respective girlfriends. To find solace, they head out to the local mall to do what they do best: absolutely nothing. Along the way, both realize exactly what their significant others meant to them and head out to try and win them back.
As with most of Kevin Smith's films, Mallrats is largely character driven. Jason Lee's performance as Brody was outstanding, as he breathes life into Brody with enough silliness and just a touch of cool to make his character the highlight of the movie. From his subtle head nods to his not-so-subtle insane rantings, Lee takes command of the screen every time he's on it. Ben Affleck, as Shannon Hamilton, manager of a clothing store and rival to Lee's Brody, plays his part exceptionally well as the man EVERY guy hates: your ex-girlfriend's rebound. Jay and Silent Bob, for those who are fans of the goofy versions of them, are at their slapstick best.
The funniest parts of this movie all stem from its well-written dialogue. From Brodie and T.S. discussing Superman's sex life to the thought of dozens of people masturbating before a plane crash, it's this irreverent humour that keeps the film going. It's crass, it's disgusting, but it's also very, very funny. One thing you can rely on with a Kevin Smith movie is clever dialogue and witty banter between characters, and this movie has it in spades.
The movie, however, is not without its shortcomings. Jeremy London's character is uninspired, boring, and not at all funny. Considering the movie is somewhat centralized around his relationship with Brandi (Claire Forlani), by the end you couldn't care less if they got back together. The movie attempts some shots at gross-out and physical comedy, but their attempts are largely hit or miss. Lastly, for those of you who aren't fans of dialogue heavy comedies, this movie may appear to be too talky at times.
In conclusion, Mallrats is one of those movies that, when taken with a grain of salt, can be very, very good. It's witticisms and unique outlook on the dynamics of a relationship make it a smart comedy, with just enough toilet humour to keep it from becoming too preachy. This is a movie that you will like, so long as you don't take it too seriously. It is, above all else, a movie about a mall.
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