when universal first gave Smith the thumbs up for Mallrats, they gave him $8 million. and when you watch the film you can see why critics hail it as a flop. first off, i love this film. being a fan of comic books, this film really spoke to me and often echoed coversations ive had with my friends about the topic. Lee is outstanding as Brodie and London does very well as "his sidekick" T.S. Jay and Silent Bob are given their biggest roles, pre-Dogma, and they were in fact the marketing campaign for the film, and win the crowd with their cheeckiness and low brow humour. But some of the real stars come from the supporting cast, Affleck does well again playing the bad guy Shannon Hamilton. Shannon Doherty and Claire Forlini are both great as the ex-girlfriends of our heros. and Rene Humphrey and Ethan Suplee provide great sub plot characters, and who doesnt love LaFours? even though the humour is low brow, its very cleverly written. the conversation between Lee and London over if Lois Lane could ever have Super-Mans baby, is borderline genius. although not as good as Smith's debut 'Clerks', 'Mallrats' is a great Teen movie. i don't like to put it into that catogory, but that's what it is. it's a teen movie, and a very good one at that. and if this film was a success, Universal were going to commision a sequel. thank god it didn't in my opioin, some things should just be left, and all ends are tied up anyway. extra's include a hysterical view askew commentary, i highly recomend that you listen to commentary tracks on Smith's films, they are genuis! a look back documenatry, deleted scenes and a great music video for The Goops' cover of "Why Do You Build Me Up Buttercup?"