Movie review by
Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
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'90s Kevin Smith slacker classic has sex, drugs, cursing.
  • R
  • 1995
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Contains sexually promiscuous characters; contains some selfish, offensive characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters are slacker drug dealers.


Several fistfight scenes. Statutory rape is treated as a joke. Easter bunny is assaulted.


Constant sexual references; scenes of topless women; some mild sex scenes. A woman rubs her nipples to tell the future. Sex scene between an adult and a 15-year-old-girl. Naked male backside.


Sexually explicit and lots of profanity ("f--k" and "s--t" are constant).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are drug dealers. Several references to marijuana; reefer is shown. References to getting high, drug overdoes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this '90s film targets an older teen audience. Characters are offensive: Some are promiscuous or selfish, and they use frequent profanity (constant use of "f--k" and "s--t") and sexually charged language. A woman rubs her nipples to tell the future. Scenes involve topless women, and there's a sex scene between an adult and a 15-year-old-girl. The main characters are drug dealers. Several references are made to marijuana; reefer is shown. There are also references to getting high and overdoses.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysimpleseth July 21, 2013

Wonderful Project from Kevin Smith!

This is an awesome comedy about two best friends who get dumped on the same day. In order to cope with it, they both wander around the mall. Being a Kevin Smith... Continue reading
Adult Written bygwqzz November 27, 2011

Tame for Smith, Funny but Lowbrow

Tame for Smith, Funny but Lowbrow
Teen, 14 years old Written byHenry Hill15 August 22, 2018

Not as good as Clerks but Teens will like

Teens will enjoy this Kevin Smith movie and it should be fine for your teenager. The movie does feature some strong language (f**k) and sex references but nothi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byterminator5002 April 17, 2017

best kevin smith

it is very funny. there is a lot of strong language and sex references

What's the story?

MALLRATS follows two recently dumped friends who seek refuge at a New Jersey mall. Brodie (Jason Lee) is a loud-mouthed comic book connoisseur who shows no compassion. T.S. (Jeremy London) is his devastated best bud, desperate for any reconciliation with his love. With the help of some mallrat friends, the two track down their recent ex-girlfriends at the mall and hatch plans to win them back. Their eccentric pals include punk loiterers, a guy fixated on Magic Eye pictures, and T.S.'s promiscuous high school fling. Discussions mostly revolve around sex and comics.

Is it any good?

This is one of Kevin Smith's best films. It's driven by mature dialogue and bizarre characters. Jason Lee is outrageous. His character's outlandish monologues provide the majority of the laughs. More clever stuff: There are subtle references linking Shannon Doherty to her ties with the TV series 90210. It does have rather limited appeal, however: Its sexually charged humor is directed toward older teens and early 20-somethings. Some teens will find it dated; others will find it brilliant. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movies targeted to teens. What other movies would you put in this genre? How does this one compare or contrast with those?

  • How is this movie a product of its time (the '90s)? Does it feel dated? Why or why not?

  • If you remade this movie, how would you do it, and who would you cast?

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