Mallrats

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Mallrats
Mallrats.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Kevin Smith
Produced by Sean Daniel
James Jacks
Scott Mosier
Written by Kevin Smith
Starring Shannen Doherty
Jeremy London
Jason Lee
Claire Forlani
Ben Affleck
Joey Lauren Adams
Renee Humphrey
Jason Mewes
Kevin Smith
with Priscilla Barnes
and Michael Rooker
Cinematography David Klein
Edited by Paul Dixon
Production
  company
View Askew Productions
Gramercy Pictures
Alphaville
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
Running time 94 minutes
123 minutes (Extended cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,000,000
Box office $2,122,561(Domestic)[1]
$2,454,447 (US & Spain)

Mallrats is a 1995 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. It is the second film in the View Askewniverse series and prequel to 1994's Clerks.

As in the other View Askewniverse films, the characters Jay and Silent Bob figure prominently, and characters and events from other films are discussed. Several cast members, including Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Joey Lauren Adams, have gone on to work in several other Smith films. Comic book icon Stan Lee appeared, as did Brian O'Halloran, the star of Smith's breakout feature Clerks.

Plot[edit]

The day prior to the events of Clerks, college student T.S. Quint (Jeremy London) is preparing for a trip to Universal Studios in Florida with Brandi Svenning (Claire Forlani), during which he plans to propose to her; however, Brandi tells him she cannot go because she has volunteered to fill in as a contestant on Truth or Date, her father's dating game show. They argue over this and eventually break up. T.S. turns to his best friend Brodie Bruce (Jason Lee), who has also broken up with his girlfriend, Rene Mosier (Shannen Doherty), after having an argument, and Brodie suggests the two might find solace at the local mall.

Brodie and T.S. discover Truth or Date is being filmed at the same mall (thanks to Willam Black (Ethan Suplee, who throughout the movie tries to see a sailboat in a Magic Eye poster), and ask local drug dealers Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively) to destroy the show's stage, a task for which they devise elaborate but ultimately unsuccessful plans. These actions result in the two being pursued by mall security guard LaFours (Sven-Ole Thorsen), but they are able to escape him. Brodie finds out Rene began a relationship with his nemesis Shannon Hamilton (Ben Affleck), a clothing store manager who hates Brodie because of his "lack of a shopping agenda". Brodie confronts Rene to find out more about her relationship with Shannon, and the two have sex in an elevator. Brodie is later confronted and assaulted by Shannon, who intends to have sex with Rene in a "very uncomfortable place", a reference to anal sex. (As a running joke, this is interpreted as the "back of a Volkswagen".) As a result of this incident, Jay and Silent Bob assault the mall's Easter Bunny, under the incorrect assumption that he attacked Brodie.

Brandi's father, Jared (Michael Rooker), who is aware of Brodie and T.S's presence at the mall, has the two arrested on false charges of drug possession. Jay and Silent Bob are able to rescue Brodie and T.S. and are once again able to evade LaFours. Meanwhile, Brodie and T.S. seek refuge at a local flea market, where they meet fortune teller Ivannah (Priscilla Barnes). T.S. decides to repair his relationship with Brandi and the two return to the mall.

Before the show begins, Brodie receives advice on romance from Stan Lee, who was visiting the mall. After this, Brodie requests that his friend Tricia Jones retrieve footage of her having sex with Shannon. Tricia herself was doing a project in which she had sex with a number of male adults, despite being only 15 years old, for a book about the sex drive of men. Meanwhile, T.S. also persuades Jay to get two of the game show contestants stoned, which allow him and Brodie to replace them on Truth or Date. The initial plan was all three contestants but the third one, Gil Hicks, showed up late, and Brodie and T.S. must go on with him.

During the show (which Brodie essentially hijacks with bizarre stories), Brandi recognizes the voices of Brodie and T.S., and an on-air argument between the three ensues. Brodie tells Brandi that T.S. had spent all day trying to repair their relationship. T.S. then proposes to Brandi, which she accepts. As the police arrive to arrest T.S. and Brodie after the show is over, Silent Bob plays a sex tape of Shannon and Tricia, resulting in his arrest for statutory rape. Brodie and Rene renew their relationship as a result.

The conclusion reveals that T.S. marries Brandi, Tricia's book is a bestseller, Shannon is imprisoned, Willam eventually does see the sailboat, and Brodie becomes the host of The Tonight Show (with Rene as his bandleader) after impressing the show's producers with his stage banter. Jay and Silent Bob are also shown with a monkey named Suzanne, which promises to be "another story" (told in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After the success of the independent hit Clerks, writer/director Kevin Smith and his best friend/producer Scott Mosier began to make their second film. After a screening of Clerks, producer James Jacks approached them to do another film for Universal Studios. Smith soon finished the script for this new film, and casting began.

Jeremy London, an actor with a TV series and a few films to his credit, was cast as T.S. Shannen Doherty was the most famous cast member after her appearances in many films and the hit TV shows Little House on the Prairie and Beverly Hills, 90210 (there is a reference to the latter when Willam mistakenly calls Rene Brenda). Jason Lee was cast with no prior acting experience; before the film he was a professional skateboarder. Lee has since appeared in all of Smith's films except Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Red State, and is the godfather of Smith's child, Harley Quinn Smith. Affleck, who was a relative unknown at the time, was cast as Shannon Hamilton. Affleck has also appeared in all of Smith's films since Mallrats, with the exception of Cop Out, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Red State. Joey Lauren Adams was cast as Gwen Turner. She would later date Smith, and during that time he wrote the main character in Chasing Amy for her. Ethan Suplee was cast as Willam Black. Mosier was supposed to reprise the role, but Smith and the film's producers were so impressed with Suplee that they cast him instead. The most troublesome role to cast was Jay, as the studio did not want Jason Mewes to reprise his role from Clerks, which Smith had written for him. Mewes had to audition for the part against actors such as Seth Green and Breckin Meyer.

Ties to New Jersey[edit]

Reception[edit]

Mallrats was the subject of much critical derision when it was released, with many critics comparing it unfavorably to Smith's first film, Clerks.[5] In his negative review of the film, critic Roger Ebert said "Before Mallrats was released, I chaired a panel that Smith participated in and Kevin Smith cheerfully said he'd be happy to do whatever the studios wanted, if they'd pay for his films. At the time, I thought he was joking."[6] Kevin Smith responded by apologizing for Mallrats at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards, though he later stated that the apology was made in jest. Nevertheless, the film developed a strong cult following after it was released on video.[7] Jason Lee received praise for his performance.

Mallrats currently has a 54% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[8]

The film did not fare well at the box office, grossing only $2,122,561[1] with an additional $331,916 in Spain for a total of $2,454,447, on a $6 million budget.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

A DVD was released in 1999 including 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen picture & 5.1 Dolby surround sound bonus features include:[9]

The Region 2 version of this special edition also contains the complete DVD menus for Carlito's Way hidden on the disc (presumably an error in production by Universal).

Extended cut[edit]

In 2005, a 10th anniversary DVD was released, adding almost 30 minutes of footage that were never seen. In addition to the original theatrical cut of the film it features an alternate cut of the movie created specifically for the release, based on an early cut of the film. Included in the previously deleted footage (which is included on the previously released DVD) are several different subplots that were cut out from the movie:[10]

  • An alternate opening scene, in which Mr. Svenning hosts a Ball for The Governor of New Jersey. In this scene, T.S. (dressed as a colonial musketman), accidentally gets his musket tangled up in Brandi's hair, then accidentally shoots at the Governor on the roof of a school, which ends up costing Mr. Svenning his reputation as well as a big pay raise. This explains the reason why Svenning shows an intense dislike for T.S. and why Brandi is so intent on breaking up with him. This scene also makes no mention of Julie Dwyer's death, as the theatrical cut did.
  • Included scenes where T.S. also makes it known to Brandi that he proposed to marry her.
  • A scene in which Brodie and T.S. arrive outside of Mr. Svenning's home, and during the confusion, a news crew records footage of Mr. Svenning doing martial arts in a bath-towel. (Some of the footage of Mr. Svenning was re-edited in the theatrical release into the new intro.)
  • A shot that shows the Quick Stop from Clerks.
  • A new subplot of Brodie showing intentions of wanting to be on television, which explains his surprised look during his appearance on Truth or Date.
  • An extended arrest scene in which LaFours wants to put Brodie and T.S. into jail for an extended period of time, rather than "overnight" when the pair were initially arrested.
  • An extended fight scene between Brodie and Shannon Hamilton, in which Hamilton tells Brodie to forget Rene.
  • An extended rant from Mr. Svenning, a result of T.S. letting it slip that he intended to propose to Brandi.
  • A scene after Truth or Date in which the Mr. Svenning demands to have T.S. and Brodie arrested, but instead he is the one who is arrested. It turns out that since Svenning was the producer of the show, he faces multiple FCC fines for Brodie's antics.
  • An extended "Where are they now?" ending sequence, in which Mr. Svenning is revealed to finally get a job at the network as a janitor and a shot of Shannon Hamilton screaming after his rape in prison.
  • A scene that showed Tricia flirting and having sex with LaFours in order to distract him from catching Jay and Silent Bob. This explains the final segment in the 'where are they now' ending sequence, showing LaFours kissing Tricia during the book signing.

In addition, some of the dialogue had been re-dubbed in the theatrical release, but is restored in this version. (For example, the man who runs up to and is subsequently punched by T.S. outside the mall near the end originally asked if T.S. was the one who shot the governor, whereas in the theatrical cut, he asks T.S. if he was the one who broke up with Brandi Svenning.)

The original DVD's deleted scenes reel also featured the first draft opening sequence (in script form); here, T.S. is competing on a collegiate game show produced by Mr. Svenning; he accidentally mispronounces an answer ("Bay of Bisquake" instead of Bay of Biscay); his team loses, and T.S. accidentally damages a camera, and he now has to pay Mr. Svenning for the damages. Brandi then breaks up with him, and a guy on a bus mistakenly thinks that T.S. will kill him after seeing him in a news report.

Soundtrack[edit]

Mallrats
Soundtrack album to the film Mallrats
Released October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)
Recorded Various
Genre Various
Length 47:18
Label Gramercy Pictures
View Askew soundtrack chronology
Clerks
(1994)
Mallrats
(1995)
Clerks II
(2006)
No. Title Contributing artist Length
1. "Love and Sharks" (Dialogue) Jason Lee and Jeremy London 0:22
2. "Bubbles"   Bush 3:03
3. "Susanne"   Weezer 2:44
4. "Freeing One's Mind" (Dialogue) Priscilla Barnes, Jason Lee, Jeremy London 0:10
5. "Seventeen"   Sponge 2:42
6. "Kryptonite Condoms" (Dialogue) Jason Lee and Jeremy London 0:37
7. "Line Up"   Elastica 3:15
8. "Mission Impossible #1" (Dialogue) Jason Mewes 0:19
9. "Mallrats"   Wax 2:39
10. "Taken with a Grain of Salt" (Dialogue) Shannen Doherty 0:30
11. "Broken"   Belly 4:02
12. "Cruise Your New Baby Fly Self"   Girls Against Boys 3:11
13. "A Very Uncomfortable Place" (Dialogue) Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Joey Lauren Adams 0:53
14. "Guilty"   All 3:19
15. "That Ski Trip" (Dialogue) Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Jeremy London 0:16
16. "Web in Front"   Archers of Loaf 2:03
17. "Hated It"   Thrush Hermit 3:49
18. "Post Coital Techno Boogie" (Dialogue) Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty 0:34
19. "Build Me Up Buttercup"   The Goops 2:38
20. "Cousin Walter" (Dialogue) Jason Lee, Brian O'Halloran 0:45
21. "Social"   Squirtgun 3:35
22. "Mission Impossible #2" (Dialogue) Jason Mewes 0:19
23. "Smoke Two Joints"   Sublime 2:38
24. "Stoned"   Silverchair 2:46
25. "Last Words" (Dialogue) Jason Mewes 0:09

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mallrats at Box Office Mojo Retrieved September 1, 2012
  2. ^ Only on Film
  3. ^ Garbarine, Rachelle (1996-04-28). "In the Region/New Jersey;Fade Out a Flea Market, Fade In a Multiplex Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  4. ^ Beckerman, Jim (1995-10-15). "New Jersey and "Mallrats" -- perfect together? Not according to Gramercy Pictures, which nixed the New Jersey locations that writer-director Kevin Smith had scouted for the follow-up movie to his surp". The Record. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  5. ^ Turan, Kenneth (1995-10-20). "Mallrats' No Match for Ultra-Low-Budget 'Clerks". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (1995-10-20). "Mallrats". rogerebert.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-28.
  7. ^ Vasconcellos, Eduardo (2005-10-13). "'Mallrats' cult phenomenon". Daily Titan. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Mallrats - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  9. ^ Mallrats Collector's Edition DVD
  10. ^ Mallrats 10th Anniversary DVD

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