Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Following the crucially loved and commercially successful Clerks was always going to be hard for director Smith. That famed and often dreaded sophomore film. And many got they failure they expected in Mallrats. Not me. I’ve ALWAYS loved and championed Mallrats as one of Smith’s best films. It’s funny, crude and silly. But not in a bad way. Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty & Claire Forlani are all excellent (with Lee especially being a stand out) but as usual it’s the antics of Jay & Silent Bob that take it to a different level. Add in an early Ben Affleck role (standard handsome sleaze-ball) and an excellent Stan Lee cameo before they become a regular cinematic thing and you have a film that fitted perfectly with the upcoming tide of American Pies and Road Trips.
Best Bit: Stan Lee.
Worth A Rewatch: Yes. It holds up well. Great to see Stan Lee also.
If You Liked this Try: American Pie, Clerks, Chasing Amy