Most Minnesotan movie? Someone smells a rat

If some Grumpy Old Men were standing in a Purple Rain with their Prairie Home Companions, would they choose Mallrats as Minnesota’s most iconic movie?

Mashable did.

They did the same for all the states and mapped their choices.

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In case you’ve forgotten, Mallrats is a 1995 comedy by director Kevin Smith that was filmed at the Eden Prairie Center mall.

The movie certainly has a following. You can try your hand at a Mallrats trivia quiz here … and learn more about the Eden Prairie Mallrats street hockey team here.

Or watch the trailer here.

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Is it really Minnesota’s most iconic movie, though?

Mashable says an heiress who grew up in Minnesota loved … oh, wait, no. That was the New York Times and grape salad.

Mashable apparently only meant to start a conversation and offers no defense of its choices. North Dakota got first dibs on the Oscar-winner Fargo, so that was not available for Minnesota.  Instead, we have Mallrats.

A couple of years ago City Pages chose the 12 best movies filmed in Minnesota (in no particular order). Not a mallrat in that bunch.

Ditto the list of 25 top Minnesota movies that Twin Cities Stuff posted to YouTube (with links to each trailer).

For a definitive list of Minnesota-made movies, Minnesota Film and TV has a filmography broken down by decade.

It’s a long list, though. You might want to whip up a grape salad to snack on while you scan it for Minnesota’s  most iconic.


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