|What can I
say? We tried. We made what we thought
was a funny flick.
It previewed well. The studio loved it.
Everyone thought it was going to do well.
Who's to blame: Gramercy? The movie-going public?
Perhaps the blame should be laid
evenly. Gramercy -
tried like hell - couldn't find a campaign that
spoke to more than one
audience. The movie-goers chose
to embrace the really tepid 'Get Shorty'
instead that week-
end, as well as the chick-flick-o-rama 'Now and Then'.
And as for me - well, I thought I could breathe life back
into a dead genre: the raunchy, R-rated teen comedy. Bad
idea? Perhaps. Necessary? Yes, and I'll tell you why.
See, I grew up on those movies; all
through the eight-
was stuff like 'Porky's', all the John Landis flicks,
and the twisted classical tragicomedy 'The Last American
And John Hughes movies.
Oh, those Hughes pictures: delicious
teen angst, where
the biggest problem the protagonist had to face was wheth-
er or not they
were going to the prom, or detention on a
Saturday afternoon. I can
recall the day when I called out
sick from my afterschool gig as a busboy
- just so I could
watch 'The Breakfast
Club' the day it came out on video.
Those movies meant a lot to me. I was
raised on them.
were in my blood. So there I am - twenty four, in the
everyone asking what I want to do next,
offering me a five million dollar
budget to bring it to life. I
knew sooner or later, I had to make a
mainstream movie -
why not get it out of my
system with the sophmore effort?
Was it irresponsible? Probably.
Somebody gives you a
million to make a movie, you shouldn't be think-
ing about indulging your
teenage fantasies on their coin.
But regretful though I may be that it tanked, I'll never re-
gret making 'Mallrats'.
The movie occupies a very
cial place in my heart -
and was a necessary flick to
in order to get to 'Chasing Amy', in a weird psychological
They say there's a special God for
children. I'd like to
there's also a special God for movies with a big he-
art that perform poorly at the box office.
And to answer the obvious question - did it hurt when it
Well - duh.
For anyone interested, we've got some pix that
the light of day. They're behind-the-scenes pho-
tos, as well as just
some cool looking images. You'll find
some press clippings on the movie
(reviews and such), as
well as the rarely-seen
music video (13.9 Megs) we did for
the soundtrack, for the
band 'The Goops'. It may take time
but it's worth it just to see the choreagraphed
antics of Jay and Silent