Mallrats: Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

The hard part about being a director of a “critically acclaimed” movie (like Clerks) is the follow up. Mallrats was panned by critics and audiences, so therefore I had no interest in seeing it. I had always heard of it as “Shannon Doughtery’s movie”.

T.S. Quint (Jeremy London) has just broken up with his girlfriend, Brandi (Claire Forlani). He decides to whine to his best friend, Brodie (Jason Lee). Brodie is about as rude and crude and funny as they come. His solution to the problem is to travel to…what else! The Mall!

Obviously, this is a place where Brodie, an avid comic book collector, has spent way to much time. And while at the mall, they run into a game show being filmed by Quint’s ex-girlfriend’s dad (who hates Quint). Having nothing to do, they set out to destroy the game show and hopefully in the process, win back Brandi.

In a nutshell, that’s the plot. But what is funny about the movie is all the other stuff that happens around it. As with Clerks, Kevin Smith has characters that are just plain odd, and therefore…funny.

There’s clothing store manager, Shannon Hamilton (Ben Affleck, in a pre-Armageddon role), who “has no respect for people with no shopping agenda”. There’s Tricia Jones, who at 16 years old is doing a study on the male sex drive, and therefore has been doing “extensive research”. Rene (Shannon Doughtery), who dumped Brodie on the same day as Quint was dumped, has already found a new boyfriend…it goes on.

To top it all off, Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively) are just too funny as literal “Mallrats”.

Needless to say, after it’s all said and done, a million different things happen, but none so funny as the ending sequence and the performance of Jason Lee. A must see!

Video: How does it look?

Near perfection. The movie is only a few years old, and the 16:9 transfer makes it shine. Hardly any hint of artifacting at all.

Audio: How does it sound?

Mallrats is about as much a movie for sound as “Armageddon” is for plot. But there is a suprising range of sound, with directional effects and even a few times when the ‘ol subwoofer kicked in. Not bad.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Now there is a reason that this movie retails for $34.95, and this is it. If you like the movie (like me), you’ll want any and every extra you can possibly get. While not as feature packed as “Ghostbusters”, there’s still a commentary, over an hour of deleted scenes, a music video, a featurette and much more. You get your money’s worth, trust me. As mentioned above, a must see!

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