After Kevin Smith earned praise for his directorial debut known as “Clerks,” his next film focuses on two best friends Brodie & Quint fed up with their girlfriends breaking up. Hilarity Ensues as they endure surreal moments, conflicted on what they want to do in their futures and last but not least interacting with a variety of characters. Especially, Jay and Silent Bob. The Premise I’m referring to is none other than “Mallrats.”
Mallrats was released in 1995. (same year Friday came out) It received mixed reviews from critics and flopped at the box office. Overtime, the film gained a cult following amongst Kevin Smith fans. Afterwards, Kevin made great follow ups. Then, “Jersey Girl” nearly ruined his career. Luckily, “Clerks II” saved his reputation. As a fan of Kevin Smith’s work, I’m planning to attend a screening of “Clerks III” with Silent Bob himself hosting the film in Dallas. Due date is November 13th. Got my VIP ticket. As I wait patiently, I wanna share my thoughts on each film set in the View Askewinverse.
It doesn’t matter if SPOILERS are listed. Many of us often bring up Mr. Smith’s works.
Sober & Drunk Aspects
Newcomers to the View Askewinverse such as Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty, Joey Lauren Adams, (Kevin’s ex-girlfriend) Ethan Suplee & Michael Rooker all did a great job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Lee & Ethan went on to star in “My Name is Earl.” It’s a golly darn shame it got cancelled too soon.
Kevin Smith did a decent job directing the film. He also wrote the script and reprises his role as Silent Bob with his bestie Jason Mewes as Jay.
Humor contains Kevin’s trademark usage of pop culture references, movies, fondness for comics, surreal moments, f-bombs and characters bickering at each other.
Cinematography never suffered from technical errors throughout.
Chemistry between Brodie & Quint serves as the main highlight. Their friendship moves the story forward.
Brodie & Quint are named after the two main characters from one of Kevin’s favorite films, “Jaws.”
One scene shows Silent Bob dressed as Batman and escaping security guards via grapple gun. Kevin’s pal Ben went on to portray The Caped Crusader since “Batman VS. Superman.” Also predicts “Bluntman and Chronic.” A comic book parody of Batman and “Star Wars” introduced in Chasing Amy.
Mallrats is set before the events of Clerks.
At a flea market, somebody wears a cap labeled, Clerks. An obvious reference to Kevin’s directorial debut.
Primary Themes are Friendship & Heartbreak. For a comedy, both themes felt balanced.
Stan Lee (may he Rest in Peace) makes a cameo appearance. In my opinion, I think this is his best cameo. Stan the Man earns Bonus Points empathizing Brodie about a girl he broke up. He made his iconic characters based on his regret. Cue Stan’s line from “Spider-Man 3.” You know, I guess one man can make a difference. Nuff’ said.”
Brian O’Halloran makes an appearance as Dante Hicks’ cousin, Gil. If you don’t recognize him, he’s clean-shaven.
Near the end, a “Where are they Now” montage reveals what the characters are doing lately. Jay and Silent Bob and Silent Bob get an orangutan named, Susanne. This became a plot point in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”
If you own a DVD/Blu-Ray copy, Kevin and his buddies provide audio commentary reflecting back on making the movie.
Drunk: I couldn’t find nothing wrong. I’m giving Kevin and his crew an Extra Point for making a flawless movie as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Mallrats is one of my favorite Kevin Smith movies along with Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II and my all-time favorite, “Dogma.” If you’re planning to see Clerks III, refresh your memory by watching all entries within the View Askewinverse. Rumors speculate if a sequel to Mallrats is in the development. If so, I’ll be the first in line to support Kevin’s next film.