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A 1995 film by Creator/KevinSmith, and part of the TheViewAskewniverse. It is the second entry into this series, although chronologically set before ''Film/{{Clerks}}''.

T.S. and Brodie are comic-book loving slackers who have both recently broken up with their respective girlfriends. Seeking solace at the local mall, they find ways to sabotage their exes' plans and to try and woo them back. Like all Smith films, this film takes quite a bit of VulgarHumor. It was filmed in Eden Prairie Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which at the time was a tired and dying mall with low traffic. (It has since been extensively renovated.)

Taking place a day before ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', with the usual parodies and ''Star Wars'' references (and a surprising [[TheCameo cameo]] by [[StanLee Stan 'The Man' Lee]]).

Though it is now considered just as much a cult classic as ''Clerks'', at its time of theatrical release it significantly underperformed the earlier film on a '''much''' higher budget (grossing less than $2.5 million of its $6 million budget) and helped come close to bankrupting distributor Gramercy Pictures (though Creator/MichaelMoore's ''Film/CanadianBacon'' [[BoxOfficeBomb did even worse, recouping less than $179,000 of its own $11 million budget]]).
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: SilentBob turns into one of these: each time a ZanyScheme backfires, he ends up in a women's dressing room, where he sees a girl in the process of trying on clothes. And it's always the same girl. The girl in question, Gwen, is later seen changing in semi-public while talking to Brodie and TS, claiming that it saves her the effort.
* BaldOfEvil: Brandi's father, Mr. Svenning.
* BerserkButton: Shannon hates mallrats, because they just loiter with no intention on buying anything.
* BigBadEnsemble: Mr. Svenning and Shannon Hamilton.
* BlackComedyRape: Trish the Dish.
** Alleviated because it's "only" statutory, and ItsForABook.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Mallrats was shown on network TV (ABC) once and remains the only View Askew movie to do so. Needless to say, much of the raunchy humor was removed, including the explanation of the stink palm (Brodie's dialogue is changed to make it sound like his pretzels are moldy, which is why Mr. Svenning gets sick).
* BreastAttack: Gwen sneaks up on her old boyfriend TS, who jumps and "elbows [her] right in the freakin' tit!" She responds by giving TS an upward double axe handle to the groin. (Brodie uses the opportunity to explain his opinion of karmic justice to TS.)
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Brodie gives a side glance to the camera after Stink Palming Mr. Svenning.
* BrickJoke: Jay and Silent Bob are seen with a random monkey in the WhereAreTheyNow credits. This is not explained for three movies, until they rescue a monkey from an animal testing lab in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack.''
** Actually picked up on in the 'Chasing Dogma' series of comics that has, as the name suggests, the movies 'Chasing Amy' and 'Dogma' as bookends - The series explains how Jay and Silent Bob end up in the same town as Bethany - They're searching for Shermer, Illinois (the site of many a John Hughes movie, and naturally, nonexistent), and along the way, end up rescuing a chimp which is hunted, in a hilarious ''Fugitive'' spoof, by a {{Tommy Lee Jones}} lookalike. Presumably needing some narrative for ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Smith recycled this with Will Ferrell in the Jones role.
** In an effort to destroy the stage, Silent Bob dresses up in a Batman mask, swings past a critical pin (missing his chance to grab it), and crashes through a dressing room wall with Gwen inside. This (and their other antics) form the basis for the Bluntman and Chronic comic that forms parts of the plot of ''Film/ChasingAmy'' and ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''. Additionally, Jay can be overheard telling this story to Loki and Bartleby in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
* TheBrute: Shannon.
* TheCameo: Of StanLee, no less. Also of GameShow host Art James.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Invoked deliberately by Tricia, as part of her sex research.
* CelebrityParadox: At one point, Silent Bob is shown reading ''Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes'', a book about the indie film industry which includes a chapter on KevinSmith and the making of ''Film/{{Clerks}}''.
* ChekhovsGunman: Trish the Dish and her video tapes (specifically the one she made of her and [[spoiler:Shannon]]).
* ChekhovsSkill: Silent Bob practicing his Jedi telekinesis. [[spoiler: Also, Willam's ''inability'' to see the sailboat plays a pretty important part in the ending.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Brodie.
* DeletedScenes: A whole hour of them on the Extended Version, including a dropped opening scene (and additional plot thread referencing it).
* ContinuityNod: Explains the death of Julie Dwyer, the girl whose funeral Dante and Randal crash in ''Film/{{Clerks}}''.
* DenserAndWackier: Compared to ''{{Film/Clerks}}''. While that film was pretty down-to-earth, with most of the humor derived from its many [[SeinfeldianConversation Seinfeldian Conversations]], ''Mallrats'' featured a lot more zany comedy and slapstick.
* ElevatorGoingDown: Brody and [[spoiler: Renee]].
* EuphemismBuster:
-->'''Brandi''': Second suitor: if we were making whoopee, what sounds would you make?
-->'''Brodie''': Wait, what's whoopee?
-->'''Brandi''': You know, being intimate.
-->'''Brodie''': What? Like '''fucking'''?
* FanDisservice: The psychic with the third nipple. Brodie, initially excited about the notion of topless fortune telling, shields his eyes the entire time.
* FanService: Gwen is seen topless one of the times Silent Bob bursts into her dressing room.
* FollowTheLeader: Svenning's game show is a shameless ripoff of ''TheDatingGame.''
* FreezeFrameBonus: This could just be a mistake, but if you freeze-frame on the Magic Eye puzzle and actually adjust your eyes to see the picture, you'll see it ''isn't'' a sailboat; it's just a few abstract shapes. No wonder Willam couldn't see the sailboat.
* GroinAttack: Gwen smashes T.S. in the balls with her purse, after he accidentally elbows her in the breast. Supposedly, in the take they wound up using, she accidentally did smash him and [[EnforcedMethodActing his agony is real.]]
* HyperspaceArsenal: Parodied. Silent Bob pulls a number of unlikely items from his trench coat, including a full-size, inflated sex doll.
* ItsForABook: Parodied with the 15-year-old Tricia having sex with older men in order to write a book about it.
* {{Jerkass}}: Shannon and Mr. Svenning, Brandi's father.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Brodie is pretty selfish when it comes to Renee's needs, but is far more likable than either of the above, and ultimately goes out of his way to prove his love for Renee (with a little help from T.S. and Stan the Man).
* KarmicRape: The fate of Ben Affleck's character.
* KneelBeforeZod: Shouted by Jay after smacking La[=Fours=] with a baseball bat.
* TheLancer: Brodie, to T.S.
* LegCling: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mallrats_1849.jpg The poster.]]
* TheMall: Of course. A very rare example of a work acknowledging the then fairly new concept of "dead malls" in the form of the "dirt mall" (which was actually in New Brunswick, NJ, and has since been replaced with a Loews Cineplex).
* MoonLogicPuzzle: The Magic Eye puzzle Willam is obsessed with.
* MythologyGag: A portion of Brandi and Gwen's conversation backstage of the game show sounds vaguely familiar....
--> '''Brandi:''' [[Film/{{Clerks}} Jesus,]] Gwen, [[Film/{{Clerks}} the last thing I need at this point is a lecture]] on my love life.
-->'''Gwen:''' [[Film/{{Clerks}} All I'm saying is...]]
** In ''Clerks'', Dante asks Randal if he's going to lock up the video store before the hockey game. Here, T.S. asks Jay if he ever gets stoned. Randal and Jay's responses are identical, right down to the vocal inflection: "Look who you're askin' here!"
** T.S. is shown to be responsible for the cutting remark that convinces Julie Dwyer to swim laps until she drops dead. Dante and Randall wreck her wake in ''Film/{{Clerks}}''.
** In Clerks, Randall tells the story of how his cousin Walter died attempting to...satisfy himself. The opening lines of this movie have Brodie telling a similar story of a bizarre act by ''his'' cousin Walter, implying that they may be the same cousin and that Brodie and Randall are related.
*** The tie-in comics later confirm that they are indeed cousins.
*** It's also implied they have the same grandma: who is/was a lesbian, and [[ClerksII very racist]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Shannon delivers one to Brodie that made Kevin Smith uncomfortable.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: T.S. completely ignores the topless psychic's breasts, and comes to an epiphany over her advice. Brodie however, who was previously excited at the thought of topless fortune telling, can't stomach the sight of her (fake) third nipple.
** The ironic part is that he has the epiphany over what she's saying as she's trying to get Brodie to look at it.
* PetTheDog: [[{{Jerkass}} Jay]] saying goodbye to the pet store kittens ("Bye baby kitties!"). He even tells Silent Bob to show some heart and say goodbye to them as well.
* {{Prequel}}: Set one day before ''Clerks'', hence the mention of Julie Dwyer's death. We also find out that T.S. was responsible for her swimming laps in the pool and having an embolism.
* ProductPlacement: Sbarro's the only real restaurant in the food court. The only other real shop glimpsed is a B. Dalton (which has been gone since 2010). They did not show any of the real anchor stores (given that Carson Pirie Scott (whose' location at the real mall is now Von Maur) and Target were mainly, and in Carson's case, still is, Midwestern chains, though Target did start expanding to the Northeast and other areas in the late 90's, though.), except for a brief glimpse of the left side of the Target "Bullseye" when Brodie and TS return from the dirt mall to the real mall.
** Also, the VCR Silent Bob uses for the stage is a Panasonic VCR; they owned Universal at the time the movie was made, though by the time the movie was released they had sold it to Seagrams.
* PyrrhicVictory: The Stink Palm.
--> '''Brodie''': "It's a small price to pay for the smiting of one's enemies."
** FridgeLogic: Brodie stink-palmed Stan Lee.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Brandi's dad gives one to T.S. Also, Brandi and Renee each give one to T.S. and Brodie at the beginning of the movie.
* RunningGag: Shannon's intention to have sex ''in a very uncomfortable place'' (meaning anal) with various women is constantly [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike misinterpreted as having sex 'in the backseat of a Volkswagen'.]]
** Willam and the "Magic Eye" sailboat picture.
** Silent Bob crashing through the dressing room wall as Gwen is changing.
** In a deleted plot thread, mention of T.S. getting a musket tangled in Brandi's hair.
* SeinfeldianConversation: T.S. and Brodie's conversation at the cookie stand about whether or not Lois Lane could carry {{Superman}}'s baby to term, and their follow-up debate over the limits of what qualifies as being part of the food court.
* SexualKarma: Shannon by the end is the target of sex in a very uncomfortable place. Well, place'''''s'''''; it happens in prison.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: Brodie thinks entirely too much about the love life of Reed Richards and Susan Storm.
** And The Thing.
* ShoutOut: The silent mall cop is named [=LaFours=], after the unseen lawman in ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' to the point of wearing a straw hat. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a conversation between Jay and Brodie that was deleted, but can be seen on the extended edition DVD:
-->'''Jay:''' ''Is [=LaFours=] out there?''
-->'''Brodie:''' ''No.''
-->'''Jay:''' ''[[FamousLastWords Good. For a minute there, I thought we were in trouble.]]''
* SilentAntagonist: La[=Fours=] doesn't say a word in the film. He could almost be considered an EvilCounterpart to Silent Bob.
* SockItToThem: "Phase one: First you take a run at La Fours with a sock full of quarters. I'd do it, but I pulled my back out humping your mom last night. Nootch. Okay, you clock him on his headpiece and knock his ass out cold. That's when phase two kicks in. I attack the structure Wolvie-Berzerk style, and knock out the fuckin' pin and bickety bam, the motherfucker is rubble. Hence, no game show."
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: "''Like the back of a Volkswagen?''"
** Also, a singular example:
-->'''Gwen''': Didn't I look just like Burt Reynolds?\\
'''Brodie and T.S.''': ({{beat}}) ''Except for the mustache.''
* TakeThat: In the scene at the dirt mall, T.S. tries on a cap before throwing it away in disgust. The cap has ''{{Clerks}}'' written on it.
** That was a cap made during the filming of Clerks.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Jay and Silent Bob again.
* TitleDrop: By Shannon Hamilton, the proprietor of Fashionable Male. "You're one of those loser fucking mallrat kids."
--> ''That's it, you're fucking dead, mallrat!''
* TripleNipple: The topless psychic credits her powers to her third nipple, eventually revealed to be fake (and gum).
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: The guy going against Brodie and TS in the game show is Gil Hicks, played by Brian O'Halloran. This is the same actor who starred in ''{{Clerks}}'', and the two characters share a last name. WordOfGod is they're cousins, along with two other characters played by O'Halloran in the View Askewniverse sharing the same last name.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: We not only hear Jay and Silent Bob's plan, but we actually see the drawings. They are, naturally, doomed to fail.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
** In ''Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back'' Brody has a Variety on the wall of his comic shop which headlines him leaving the Tonight Show.
** Jay and Silent Bob's misadventures with a monkey were elaborated on in the interquel comic [[AllThereInTheManual Chasing Dogma]] - [[RecycledScript which was partially reused for the same subplot in]] ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Quoted almost exactly from Jay to Silent Bob.
* YouALLLookFamiliar: Mocked in the audio commentary - T.S. has a scene with a random roadie who happens to be wearing the exact same outfit.
--> '''Jason Lee''': "He's the Heavy Metal version of T.S.!"
* ZanyScheme: Jay cooks up a couple of these in order to incapacitate La[=Fours=], complete with old-school-cartoon-style blueprints.
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"That kid is back on the escalator again!"