Mallrats is a comedy film from writer and director Kevin Smith. Mallrats is the second film in Smith's Viewaskewniverse series of films all set in the same area with a world populated by characters that drift in and out of each film. Two characters from these films, Jay and Silent Bob, appear frequently in Mallrats, as they have moved from the convenience store to cause trouble at a local New Jersey shopping mall. They have a main nemesis in the mall cop, Lafours.
The film's lead character is Brodie Bruce. Brodie has a simple life as a slacker who loves comic books and video hockey. He is dating a longtime girlfriend, Renee. The film begins with Renee dumping Brodie due to his lack of motivation in life. Brodie seeks out his best friend, T.S., for solace. T.S. is having a bad day as well; his plans to take his girlfriend, Brandy, on vacation were squelched by her overbearing father, a TV producer who has signed her up for a live dating show to be aired later that day. T.S. and Brandy break up after arguing about the vacation. Brandy was unaware that T.S. had planned to propose marriage during the trip.
Brodie and T.S. go to the mall to take their mind off of their problems, but upon arriving they realize that a set is under construction to air the dating show. Brodie also runs across his arch nemesis, a rude store employee named Shannon Hamilton that has started dating Renee.
Being at the mall motivates Brodie and T.S. to attempt to win back their girlfriends. They seek out Jay and Silent Bob and comic book legend Stan Lee to help them execute a plan to infiltrate the filming of the dating show and expose Shannon as the jerk that he is.
The final scene is a hilarious take on dating-type game shows. Brodie and T.S. make one last desperate grab to save their relationships.
If he has his druthers, Kevin Smith won't exit his directing career the way he came into it. He'll go out bigger. Smith started out on the underdog track from the moment he wrote and started shooting his lewd, crude generational disenfranchisement comedy "Clerks" on a $27,575 original budget and a prayer. By 1994, it had grossed over $3 million and Smith would eventually find himself putting together a 2004 double-disc 10th anniversary DVD. In 1999, the kind of Catholic Diocese temper-tantrums that would make Madonna (the Kaballah lady, not the much more Holy one) cringe actually helped propel his snarky-but-thoughtful take on the divisiveness of all organized religion, "Dogma," to a place among the year's most successful films.