It's a repeat viewer.When I say repeat viewer, I mean, you need to see it agian if you didn't like it the first time, not you need to watch it 50 times, like Titanic or something.
At first glance, you might think Mallrats is a bomb. It lacked something in comparison to Kevin Smith's first film, Clerks. When I saw it for the first time (one of 5 people in the theater. On opening day.) I wasn't that impressed. But after watching it again, both on video and another, more recent theater screening, it's grown on me.
The plot's of no consequence. Two slackers, both recently dumped, head to the mall for a day of doing nothing. They encounter the ex'es and set out to stop a would-be game show from happening, reuiniting one of said slackers (Jeremy London, full-on awful) with his girl (Claire Forlani). In the process, the other half of the duo (a hilarious Jason Lee) gets a chance to hook back up with his ladyfriend (Shannen Doherty).
What really shines is Smith's dialogue. Again. He's gifted enough (or at least smart enough) to know how people of that age talk and he churns out belivable dialogue (about sex and superheroes, both together and seperately, among other things) from that. Most of the performances aren't that bad, either.
Lee is fantastic; it's a breakout role for him. London and Doherty seem oddly out of place: him because he sucks, her because she's more concerned with her wardrobe. But it's Jason Mewes and Smith himself as Jay and Silent Bob who end up stealing the show as a couple of hatchet men intent on stopping the aforementioned game show.
I know what you're thinking. "It all sounds like some cheesy 80's sex comedy."
Congratulations. You get the joke. It's an homage to those John Hughes movies we all loved, and when you watch it again for the second or third (or more, if you're like me) you'll get it. And you'll like it.Plus, Affleck's in it. Can't go wrong there.