Malled Alive

Before writer, film director and all-around renaissance man Kevin Smith was ‘too fat for 40’ (his words), he was too cool for school. In the early 1990s, Smith’s low budget celluloid gem Clerks put Hollywood on notice. Shortly thereafter he wrote and directed Mallrats. Like Clerks, his follow-up (technically a prequel) told a tale of post-adolescent angst and heartache that was masterfully underpinned with the 20-something disarray that ‘90s flicks seemed to capture so well. Despite being a box office disappointment, Mallrats played a pivotal role in launching Smith’s career, not to mention the illustrious career of Ben Affleck.

Smith’s unique ability to spin the mundane into a perverse tangle of hilarity and hope has earned him a ravenously loyal fan base, many of whom are sure to turn up at Mesa’s National Comedy Theatre, 1111 South Longmore, for the venue’s midnight screening of Smith’s second feature film. Enjoy your Mallrats with some popcorn on Saturday, November 8, at 11:45 p.m. Admission is $8. Visit or call 602-374-5638 for details.

Sat., Nov. 8, 11:45 p.m., 2014