Misfired attempt at GenX comedy. The straightforward plot deals with two losers chasing
after their ex-girlfriends at the local hangout, the mall. This is, in several ways, a sequel
to Kevin Smith's previous film, Clerks. Only two characters continue on from Clerks, Jay, the
local drug dealer, and Silent Bob, his quiet partner. The film is more technically competent
than Clerks; however, Mallrats lacks much of the wit of his previous film, dwelling instead
on broad stereotypes and crude slapstick. The simple plot allows ample time for kibbitzing
about mindless pop culture. Unfortunately, the film doesn't take full advantage of these
lulls...instead it initiates pointless subplots about Jay and Silent Bob's quest to destroy a
mall stage, about a brainless slob who spends all his time trying to see 3-D images in
Magic Eye pictures, about a dating game clone, and others. Most of this sidetracking, though,
lacks depth and humor.
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