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Mallrats (1985)

Rothe Blog MallratsTwo and a Half Stars

The only reason I gave this movie two and a half, is because of Jason Lee and Kevin Smith. Jason is hilarious and saves this movie, and I have a lot of respect for Kevin Smith and what he has done with so little. He is the little guy in concept, and you would hope that anyone with his drive could have the same success.

Starring some unnotables, other than Shannon Doherty and pre-cool guy Ben Affleck, this movie is all about the craziness that goes on in these two relationships and is set in a local mall. These two guys lose their girlfriends almost simultaneously, and then go on a crusade to win them back.

You have to really appreciate Kevin Smith’s brand of humor. It isn’t dumb per say or dense, it just is a little throwback and heavy handed at times.

If you like Kevin Smith movies, this is one of his better ones. But I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone. It is kind of funny to see Ben Affleck as a big haired Bostonian punk, and there are other really funny parts without Jason Lee like the guy who can’t identify the image in the fragmented picture, no matter how long he stares at it. But again, more college student fodder than someone I would watch with the kiddies.

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