YMMV / Mallrats

  • Crazy Awesome: Jay and Silent Bob.
  • Cult Classic: A box office flop at the time, the film gained greater appreciation from video rentals and TV showings. Vindicated by Cable and Vindicated by Video in other words.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kevin Smith only brought back Jay and Silent Bob because he wanted to see Jason Mewes play Jay one more time. After seeing the positive feedback to the characters, he felt confident enough to include them in all of his View Askew films.
  • Fridge Brilliance: During the game show, Brody constantly swears, and belittles Gil and acts obnoxious. Now it could be said he is acting like his usual self, but when you really think about it, he's deliberately making himself look bad, and making Gil look bad so TS would have a better chance at winning over Brandi. His swearing also means that much of the material is useless as a TV show. Doubles as Heartwarming in Hindsight.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Michael Moore's Canadian Bacon, which opened around the same time to similarly horrid returns. Smith and Moore later had to do a press conference together for their respective films and reportedly sulked all the way through, asking one another how much they had anticipated their movies would make.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Stan Lee is advising Brodie to get together with this girlfriend, he ends by saying, "I'd give it all up, just for One More Day with her."
    • The Duke "Fuck List" was an infamous 2010 Powerpoint slideshow that became an internet meme. It was made by an 'experienced' student, who rated all of her sexual encounters in almost the exact same fashion as Trish. Although the girl in question was a college student.
    • The opening credits had parody comics featuring the characters. Shannon's (Ben Affleck) was called Buttman Adventures. Nineteen years later, Affleck was announced as the next Batman.
    • Brodie accusing Gil Hicks of being a "Closet Case Self Loather." Jason Lee who played Brodie, later goes on to play a character in Chasing Amy that is revealed to be the exact description of that.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • This is one of the earliest film roles for Ben Affleck and the beginning of the longtime friendship between Affleck and Smith.
    • This is also Jason Lee's first film role.
    • Thorgrim is a security guard.
  • Tear Jerker: Stan Lee's story about his ex-girlfriend. Sure, it was actually just made up by TS's suggestion so it could motivate him to win back Rene, but it was still a pretty emotional scene.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Coming right after Clerks. made this film subject to a lot of unfair comparisons at the time.
    • In the commentary, Smith chastises the video box description of Chasing Amy for outright lying by saying he'd made "a big splash with Clerks and an even bigger splash with Mallrats."
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film is pretty much dripping with 90s culture.

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