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Trivia / Mallrats

  • The mall scenes were filmed at Eden Prairie Center in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) suburb of Eden Prairie. Six years after filming, that mall was extensively renovated with a radically altered floor plan.

  • Actor Allusion: In one scene, Doherty's character Rene is called "Brenda" by mistake (her character in 90210). Ben Affleck's character's name, Shannon Hamilton, is a veiled reference to Doherty's previous marriage to Ashley Hamilton.
  • Cast the Expert: The fictional host of Truth or Date, Bob Summers, was played by a legit game show host, Art James, best known for The Who, What or Where Game on NBC in the early 70s (which was later rebooted as The Challengers with Dick Clark), as well as the short-lived US version of Catch Phrase (which was, ironically, replaced by a relationship-based show called Perfect Match).
  • Creator Backlash: Kevin Smith famously made a mock apology for how awful this film was on the official movie website just to screw with all the fans who hated it.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Renee's anger about being called "Brenda" isn't fake. No one told Doherty that Suplee was going to say it, and it apparently ticked her off.
  • Executive Meddling: Every time you hear a synonym for "penis" that isn't explicit or a word meaning "fuck" that isn't "fuck", you have witnessed the meddling hand of Universal Pictures.
    • Kevin Smith later thanked the executives (especially producer Jim Jacks- he was the one responsible for all those synonyms, he thought Kevin was a "pottymouth", according to the DVD commentary), because his original opening to the film was almost 20 minutes longer. They wisely noted that you can't have a movie called Mallrats and then take a half-hour to get to the mall.
      • Watching the extended DVD version, you can see there are quite a few times where the meddling actually did make jokes funnier. Executive Meddling isn't always a bad thing.
      • On the flip-side, the original opening did show more of the chemistry between T.S. and Brandi, which was a bit of a shame to lose, as well as providing additional reasons for why her father hated T.S. so much.
    • That being said, he's still bitter that they wouldn't let him do a joke about a women getting semen in her hair.
    • He also criticized Gramercy (which was then the "art-house" label of Universal) for "not being able to market their way out of a paper bag". Considering what they did to MST3K: The Movie, he was right (it likely had something to do with the fact that it was a joint venture with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment; two years after this movie, they would buy out Gramercy, then have it brought back to Universal when they were merged with Universal by then owner Seagram's (yes, the liquor company)).
  • Orphaned Reference: In the scene where Svenning first meets with the network execs, one of them mentions "the trouble he (Svenning) had at the Governor's Ball", which was the opening scene that got deleted. Similarly, after Willam tells TS and Brodie that Truth or Date is filming at the mall, TS laments that "this week couldn't get any worse"- in the theatrical cut it could be construed as a reference to his breakup and Julie Dywer's death, but in the Extended Cut, it refers to all the bad press he received after the incident at the Governor's Ball.
  • Throw It In: The Stan Lee role was originally written as a fictional legendary comic book figure. After he pointed out to Kevin Smith that the character was similar to Stan Lee, Jim Jacks then mentioned that he knew Lee and asked Smith if he could offer him the role.
  • Vindicated by Cable: More or less due to the terrible edit seen on FX and similar channels in the early 2000s (which originated for ABC when they aired the movie back in 1998; why they even thought it was suitable for broadcast TV is beyond us).
  • What Could Have Been: One piece of Executive Meddling that Smith was able to defeat was the suits' insistence that he recast the role of Jay. Smith finally compromised by saying he'd hold a casting call for the part if Jay Mewes was allowed to read alongside the other actors. He did, and he kept the part. But if he hadn't? The front runners for the part were Breckin Meyer and Seth Green.
    • Kevin originally wanted William Atherton to play Mr. Svenning, but Atherton turned it down, calling the script "childish"- and as Kevin noted on the DVD commentary, he then went on to do Bio-Dome. Then Jim Jacks brought in Michael Rooker (who he had worked with on Tombstone), and the rest is history.
    • There were a lot of ideas they came up with but didn't do, like a Dawn of the Dead parody with old people taking the place of zombies (as Kevin learned of the "mallwalking" phenomenon).
    • They were at one point, before the movie flopped, going to make a sequel, called Mallrats 2: Die Hard in a Mall; Kevin at one point said he might make it as a comic, but this has since been superseded by the actual sequel, which will have that part, but fused with an attempt by Brodie to save a mall by holding a Comic-Con.