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In 1995, Smith wrote and directed Mallrats, the second film in the so-called "Jersey Trilogy". Mallrats chronicles the romantic difficulties of two slackers (played by Jason Lee and Jeremy London) who spend their days hanging around a shopping mall. The film also featured a post-Beverly Hills 90210 Shannon Doherty and a pre-fame Ben Affleck. A more typical Hollywood comedy than Clerks, Mallrats was a failure with critics as well as at the box office, and Smith later found himself haunted by a tongue-in-cheek apology he made at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards. Universal had said that they wanted it to be a "smart Porky's". Smith later remarked in his question and answer session, "An Evening with Kevin Smith", that Universal executives pressured him to cut scenes, including especially a section where Silent Bob (Smith himself) masturbates over Gwen (played by Joey Lauren Adams) while she changes clothes, and he ejaculates over the partition into her hair. According to the scene, her hair would be altered as a result (as famously seen two years later in There's something About Mary), but the executives claimed that the gross-out factor was too disgusting to be comedic.
The movie is a simple premise: two young couples separate and the boys try to get the girls back by their side, all around the backdrop of the neighborhood shopping Mecca. T.S. Quint (Jeremy London, TV's Party of Five) is a directionless young man who has the hots for Brandi Svenning (Claire Forlani, The Medallion), but she would rather commit to demands of her bigwig producer father, Jared (Michael Rooker, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), who wants her to appear on his dating game. T.S. and Brandi come undone, as do T.S.'s buddy Brodie Bruce (former Smith regular Jason Lee, in his film debut) and his lover Rene Mosier (Shannon Doherty, formerly on TV's Charmed). Brodie is a loser who lives in his mom's basement and plays Sega all day, which doesn't satisfy Rene all that much, thus she deep-sixes him for his arch enemy, Shannon Hamilton (Ben Affleck, Jersey Girl), who works at the "Fashionable Male" stop at the mall.
Deciding to get off their butts and go down to the mall, where they love to hang out and eat cookies and talk about sex between superheroes, T.S. and Brodie decide they should reconcile their problems with their girlfriends even if it means having to crash on Jared's taping of his daughter's match-making stint. Along the way, they encounter a bunch of colorful characters, including William Black (Ethan Suplee, currently starring with Jason Lee on TV's My Name is Earl), an obese fella with a preoccupation for those "Magic Eye" paintings; Tricia Jones (Renee Humphrey, French Kiss), a young sex researcher; a triple-nippled psychic named Miss Ivannah (Priscilla Barnes, The Devil's Rejects); comic book maven Stan Lee; and, of course, Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith): one's an obnoxious white boy, the other's a fat mute in a trench coat. They figure more here than in Clerks, mainly because they decide to help T.S. by trying desperately sabotaging the TV show.
As writer and director
Chasing Amy (1997)
Overnight Delivery [uncredited rewrite] (1998)
Coyote Ugly [uncredited rewrite] (2000)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Clerks II (2006)
Ranger Danger and the Danger Rangers (TBA)
A Better Place
Chasing Amy (uncredited)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (uncredited)
Jersey Girl (uncredited)
Good Will Hunting (uncredited)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Catch and Release
1994 Cannes Film Festival. Won the Award of the Youth (Foreign Film) for Clerks and won the Mercedes-Benz Award.
1994 Deauville Film Festival. Won the Audience Award for Clerks. Also nominated for the Critic's Award.
1994 Sundance Film Festival. Co-winner of the Filmmakers Trophy for Clerks. Also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
1995 Independent Spirit Awards. Nominated (with Scott Mosier) for Best First Feature and for Best First Screenplay for Clerks.
1997 Independent Spirit Awards. Won Best Screenplay for Chasing Amy.
1997 Butaca Awards. Nominated for Best Art House Film for Chasing Amy.
Nominated for the 1999 Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer
1999 Harvey Awards. Won Best New Talent for Daredevil/Bullseye: Target, Clerks: The Comic Book and the Jay & Silent Bob series.
2000 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards. Nominated for Best Screenplay, Original for Dogma.
2000 Independent Spirit Awards. Nominated for Best Screenplay for Dogma.
Nominated for the 2000 Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer.
2001 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Awards. Nominated for Best Script for Dogma.
2005 Empire Awards, UK. Won the Independent Spirit Award.