Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Mallrats (1995) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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


8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...