Review Written by: Chris Burns
What the MPAA Rating should be: PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Written by: Kevin Smith
Produced by: Sean Daniel, James Jacks and Scott Mosier
Starring: Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ethan Suplee, Claire Forlani
Studio: Universal Pictures
Kevin Smith is a genius, I say it again and again. He just never goes wrong and every single piece of his filmmaking proves so much skill, talent and dedication it's unbelievable. I love the way everything ties in together with such ease and precision. There are not many films that manage such amazing entertainment value. When I watch a Kevin Smith film I just sit there in hysterics. You see this is "Clever" comedy, it has class, style, edge, wit and sting. That's what I love about it, the fact it's "Comedy with a bite." I never get tired of the crazy antics of intelligent slackers. Everything so real, but yet so off the wall. You get the hilarious music playing in certain moments of the film which adds a cool goofy feel to the movie. The film sticks to same cheap feel that the masterpiece Clerks.
has. This gives the true "Indie" spirit to the film I can watch Kevin Smith films again and again, they never lose their touch. The characters are always so cool and are exactly like people I hang around with in my day to day life. The timing as usual is something I love, they way everybody seems to know their lines but have developed them to suit their preferences.
Behind all the laughs there is a very serious message and that's to make the best out of the girl your dating. You see it shows that you need to put more thought into things and understand certain aspects of relationships. Because there will always be "The girl that got away." I love the respect that Kevin Smith shows to the comic book tradition and the geek factor around his films. Getting Stan Lee to have a brief stint in the movie proves this dedication and respect to the people Kevin Smith looks up to. Another obvious one is the "Silent Bob Batman Sequence." As usual the scripting is the best bit about the film, it truly shines with real wit and grace. Nothing gets better than consistent quotable dialogue and the dirty speeches. That's another thing the fact that Kevin Smith is never afraid to make crude jokes and manages to make movies that have a beautiful touch of realism to them. Everything around you is exaggerated in Mallrats
, the set pieces, the music, the direction and sometimes the acting. You see it's all done purposely because this is Kevin Smith's world. At first glance you might think Mallrats
(and other Kevin Smith films for that matter) are dumb teen comedies. They are far from it and I always find myself stressing that point. Every character times their lines perfectly and everybody has a relaxed aura about themselves.
I think a lot of people only know Smith's newer films like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
and think that's what every Kevin Smith film is like. I personally feel that Clerks.
, Chasing Amy
are masterpieces and are some of the best films ever made. One of the most underrated and ignored films of the 90s, that luckily has had a great cult status. Jason Lee acts with great talent and proves himself to be an excellent comedian. I have managed to get many friends of mine into Kevin Smith's films and they have all been impressed with his work. One of the funniest satires ever made, no doubt about it. And don't you get so annoyed when you can't see the sail boat in the 3D image!
Brodie (Jason Lee) and T.S. (Jeremy London) in front of their favourite hang-out.