I remember not being very excited about this before it came out. Working in a movie theater at the time we had access to Variety and there was a story in at one point about Kevin Smith working on a movie about kids hanging out at a mall and I thought, “Well that’s not going to work.” Boy was I wrong.
Smith has sometimes referred to Mallrats as the red-headed stepchild of his oveur but I think it holds an important place in the Askewniverse. Without it the connections between Clerks and Chasing Amy wouldn’t be as strong. It’s an essential part of Smith’s telling of the story of everyday existence.
Yes, it’s a little more comic-booky but that’s alright. Everyone needs to lighten up every now and again and this is Smith doing just that. He’s making an old-fashioned mid-eighties comedy in 1995. Enjoy it for what it is and don’t get bogged down in comparisons to his other flicks.