Robin Remembers: Mallrats

by robinhardwick


One can’t mention the film Mallrats (1995) without giving a nod to Clerks (1994). Clerks was writer/director Kevin Smith’s low-budget, indie masterpiece. It isn’t necessarily a novel idea these days, but in the early nineties, a movies about hourly-wage employees based mostly on snappy dialogue and not much action was groundbreaking.

After the success and cult following for Clerks, Hollywood had big hopes for Mallrats. Kevin Smith was given a budget that made the Clerks budget look like pocket change. Cut to opening weekend for the movie- considering the budget and the money spent marketing the movie, Mallrats was a commercial and critical failure.