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Friday, 11 February 2011

Mallrats


**

After being dumped by their respective girlfriends (Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani), Brodie (Jason Lee) and T.S. (Jeremy London), go to the mall where they go to Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) for help in sabotaging a live episode of Truth or Date - a TV show created by Brandi's (Forlani) father (Michael Rooker) - in their bids to get back with Rene (Doherty) and Brandi.

Another of the installments in The Adventures of Jay and Silent Bob - as I refer to it as - it is quite easy for me to say they are the best component of this film. Bumbling, over-the-top and stupid they make a good double act thanks to some excellent comic timing and delivery of gags on Jay's part, which Mewes delivers so coolly, and so matter of factly, which makes his ultimate stupidity all the funnier. Silent Bob provides some great physical comedy, which makes up for the fact he has one line at most in this film. Smith makes the character so big that he dominates his scenes and the amount of energy he brings to the role is very noticable. Smith also successfully conveys Silent Bob's stupidity through a wide variety of facial expressions that really do make the character look as thick as he is, without over exaggerating it as well.

Ultimately, however, the rest of the film is rather weak and too stupid to be that funny. What we are offered is almost non-stop sexual humour, gross comedy, toilet humour and stupid characters that are so unbold and rather bland that the comedic quality that could be found in them just isn't there, unlike with Jay and Silent Bob. Even a brief appearance from the legend that is Stan Lee is disappointing, because his scene is dominated by Brodie asking him about superhero sex organs, which would be funny if there hadn't been a huge barrage of sex references and jokes leading up to this scene. Also, a scene dominated by questions about superhero sex organs meant Lee didn't get a chance to be memorable, and all the charm and warmth that supposedly comes from the man, that magical quality that created some of the greatest superheroes of all time, just isn't there. As for the gross humour I'm all for a little, as small, subtle amounts always prove to be funny, but the stuff here that centres around "s**t hands" is just so bland and overdone, you actually feel the need to puke watching it, as they just write it to be so disgusting.
As such I am sure that the bland, far too crude a screenplay is the reason why there are almost nothing but one-sided, wooden performances by almost the entire cast, making this the kind of film where you can raise the odd chuckle outside of the Jay and Silent Bob scenes, but are more likely to cringe in said scenes.


1995.
18.
Stars:
Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Michael Rooker, Ben Affleck, Renee Humphrey, Stan Lee, Priscilla Barnes, Walt Flanagan, Ethan Suplee, Bryan Johnson, Scott Mosier, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Brian O'Halloran, Art James.

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