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Mallrats 1995
Directed+ written by:
Kevin Smith
Starring: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck
Language: English
Look for it at the video store under: comedy
Watch it when you’re in the mood for something:  dumb but fun

Plot synopsis T.S. and Brody are New Jersey twenty-somethings who get dumped by their girlfriends on the same day. T.S.'s girlfriend Brandi gives him the boot when he refuses to understand why she feels the need to help her father out by appearing in the pilot for his dating game show. And Brody's girlfriend has finally decided she's fed up with watching him waste his life away on Sega and comic books, all the while taking her completely for granted. With nothing to do, the two best friends seek solace from the familiar comforts of their local mall.  Unfortunately, it turns out that the mall is the setting for the game show.  Brody convinces T.S. that they should sabotage the game show, and the two enlist the help of their friends Jay and Silent Bob, fellow mallrats who, as it turns out, have already devised a plan to collapse the stage just for ha-has. While Jay and Silent Bob attempt to put their plan into action, Brody and T.S. each try and win back their girlfriends.

Review Mallrats is my favorite Kevin Smith movie.  I know I'm not supposed to say that, as a supposedly intellectual type with a predilection towards Fine Films and Deeper Meaning, but it's the truth. Don't get me wrong, I love ALL his movies, but Clerks looked like crap, Chasing Amy got a little sappy (and I think I might possibly hate Ben Affleck), and Dogma, while certainly Smith's most intelligent work to date, just wasn't that funny (maybe because I'm not Catholic).  Mallrats, on the other hand, makes me laugh so hard I almost pee my pants. It's unabashedly lowbrow in its humor, makes no attempt whatsoever to approach a point, features really bad acting (you know it's bad when Shannen Doherty's one of the more impressive thespians) and frankly, that's just fine with me. I don't watch Mallrats when I'm looking for insight; I look to it for chuckles.  Whether it's the delightful Jason Lee spewing off one of his monologues on the merits of comic books and the boundaries of food courts, or the fact that Jay, and even more so Silent Bob, are just so much fun to watch as they bumble about, constantly getting thwarted in their attempts to carry out their mission, Mallrats never fails to make me happy when I watch it. And sometimes that's all you really want out of a movie. — reviewed by Yee-Fan Sun 

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