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Movie review by
Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
Mallrats Movie Poster Image
Typical Kevin Smith fare; not suitable for kids.
  • R
  • 1995
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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


Several fist-fight scenes.


Constant sexual references; scenes of topless women; some mild sex scenes.


Sexually explicit and lots of profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to marijuana; reefer is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film targets an older teen audience. Characters are offensive: some are promiscuous or selfish, and they use profanity and sexually-charged language. Scenes involve topless women, and there is a sex scene between an adult and a 15-year-old-girl.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySettingXSail January 11, 2009
Adult Written byjanwatches April 9, 2008
It's kind of stupid actually. some bright spots, but overall, not really worth your time.
Teen, 14 years old Written byT-Rod December 31, 2010

OFF 12-; IFFY 13-14; ON 15+

my tagline: NO MOTIVATION. NO MORALS. THEIR MALL. THEY ARE "MALLRATS." Mallrats is a cult classic that I decided to give a glancing chance...and boy,... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Kevin Smith is great

This is my 3rd favorite Kevin Smith film behind Clerks and Chasing Amy. This is a movie that should be taken into caution though. There is an about 2 minute sce... Continue reading

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's 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 is 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 towards older teens and early 20-somethings.

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