This movie got shit on way too unfairly. I guess all the critics and everyone in the indie-film world was expecting Kevin Smith to make More Clerks.Smith's second opus (this time in color!) has a simple plot: Two guys (Jeremy London as T.S. and Jason Lee as Brodie) lose their girlfriends (Claire Forlani as Brandi and Shannen Doherty as Rene, respectively) and scheme to get them back. Getting in their way is Shannon (Ben Affleck), a menswear salesman with a neanderthal attitude, and Brandi's father (Michael Rooker), a TV show producer who absolutely loathes T.S. and will do anything to find her someone else. The majority of the action takes place at a fictional mall in New Jersey (it was actually filmed at Eden Prairie Center in Minnesota), where our two heroes usually hang out.
Clerks holdovers Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) return as two potheads eluding mall security (including Sven-Ole Thorsen as the menacing LaFours) and lending a hand here and there to T.S. and Brodie. Making special guest appearances are Priscilla Barnes as a topless flea-market fortune teller and comic-book legend Stan Lee. Rounding out the cast is Joey Lauren Adams as Brandi's friend Gwen, Renee Humphrey as literary nymphet Tricia, and Ethan Suplee as Willam, a guy who stands in front of the Magic Eye display all day, hoping to finally see that elusive 3-D image. (Somebody take this dude to a holographic-picture store.)
While admittedly not Kevin's best work, Mallrats is still whimsical and hilarious, especially during the climactic dating-game scene. These critics and indie-film buffs need to lighten up. Kevin can't (and probably doesn't want to) make another Clerks every time he gets behind the camera - he's got more range than that.Just take Mallrats for what it is - Kevin's version of a lighthearted mainstream teen comedy.