It's hard to believe that Mallrats is turning 20 this year... but time flies like Silent Bob dressed as Batman soaring through the Eden Prairie mall. The cult classic's writer-director Kevin Smith recently hinted on Twitter that the Twin Cities hasn't seen the last of Mallrats.
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Shot just after Smith's breakout film Clerks, Mallrats showcases prime Smith humor, following a couple of college guys bumming around the mall after they get dumped and try to win their ladies back. The 1995 movie features a bunch of Smith and View Askewniverse favorites including Jason Lee and Joey Lauren Adams.
In the fall of 2015, MALLRATS turns 20. My goal is to record Q&A screenings at the Eden Prairie mall movie theater. pic.twitter.com/iQZlHVdgdV— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 17, 2015
Looks like nothing's official yet, but the thought of a Mallrats reunion is enough to make us want to camp out at the mall until we get a Smith sighting in the suburbs.
Over the last two decades, Eden Prairie Center has undergone considerable changes and is pretty much unrecognizable from its former glory. Mallrats now serves as a time capsule showing the decaying mid-'90s suburban mall before it had a multimillion-dollar facelift and ditched everything from the neon fountain and arcade to the red and green scaffolding that Silent Bob took his ill-fated flight from.
We talked to Michael Rooker (who played Mr. Svenning) last year ahead of his appearance at Minneapolis Comic Con, and he was pleasantly surprised by the still-loyal and local Mallrats fanbase:
I love the whole area... I grew up in the Midwest, so you know, Mall of America and all these places, Eden Prairie, were not unfamiliar to me when I was working there and we did the filming. I always look forward to going back to this region. So I'm really happy to hear that we got a big Mallrats contention. I really love this. This is great. This is really great. [Laughs] Yay!
Will we see Jay and Silent Bob or Mr. Svenning return to our humble Eden Prairie Center? We'll keep you posted.