With Clerks, Kevin Smith managed to transcend his low budget to produce a film that relied on script more than special effects - and Mallrats is much the same. Obviously the budget was increased from Smith's debut outing, though not to the usual stellar Hollywood levels. Once again he relies on his (very sharp) script and sympathetic but funny characters - Jason Lee is a stand-out as the acerbic Brodie. Obviously it wouldn't be part of the View Askew-niverse without ever-presents Jay and Silent Bob, and the pair are present and correct in Mallrats.
Many people call Mallrats inferior to Clerks (possibly), others call it a bad movie (definitely not).
I think that Mallrats has a brilliant script, hilarious scenarios springing up from a relatively mundane basic premise, and a whole host of memorable and funny characters. The acting is (on the whole......TS) excellent, and if you can look past the - admittedly prolific - profanity, there is an excellent film here.
A particular treat for those who have also watched other films in the series (e.g. Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).