always had a soft spot for kevin smiths trash. the first few exist in a kinda richard linklater / john hughes / porkies style venn. points for jason (and stan) lee, but loses a star for the personality vacuum that is jason london. anyway, dumb as fuck, stupidsmart mouthed and thoroughly enjoyable.
Mallrats doesn't win any prizes for dialogue and acting, but take it for what it is, turn off your brain, and indulge in the brainless, zany antics of its characters, and you just might find it a little charming. If you watched this one back in the 90s, you can't help but feel the nostalgia and be blind to its flaws.
Ne tournons pas autour du pot : ce film est absolument stupide (forcément, avec Jay et Silent Bob...), mais il le fait vraiment exprès ! Un humour graveleux et répétitif, des gugusses et des décors de pacotille, un verbiage rappelant bizarrement Tarantino, une parodie des héros de comics (sans le budget, of course)... Le "charme de la débilité" n'opère pas tout le temps, mais le résultat (décalé) reste assez amusant.
I liked it in a nostalgic way, being a kid of the 90s (the actors, the gags). Stars for Silent Bob and for the guy starring at that screen hoping to see the sailboat. I am that guy as well, as I was never able to see something either. And that "just relax your eyes" - I have been told, never understood what it meant. Watch this film nonjudgemental, it is made to make you laugh.
The only good thing about Kevin Smith films, is Jay. The dialogue is so virulently wooden, gauche, ham handed and cringe-making that it almost rises to a level of grotesquery. The subject matter is so maudlin, bathetic, doltish, misguided, mishandled, off-target, and callow that it could almost be mistaken for paraody. I ran out of space, so I can't even go into the soundtrack, among all the other things.
Mallrats could have done without the poorly written and executed slapstick humor. It adds little to the narrative and it brings the film's overall quality down. As per usual in Kevin Smith's filmography, though, the movie features some great banter and a heartfelt arc that puts a smile on your face.