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  • Jun 22, 2009
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Kevin James trades in his delivery uniform for a mall cop's garb in the family-friendly "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

It's been years since Blart's wife left him and his daughter alone. The pair are living with his mother. While repeatedly attempting and failing to pass training at the New Jersey State Police Academy (due to his hypoglycemia), Blart holds down a job as a security guard at the local mall. With Christmas in the near future, the mall's business has picked up.

Blart finds himself attracted to a new seller, Amy (Jayma Mays), at one of the kiosks in the mall. Self-conscious and socially awkward, Blart struggles to start a conversation with her. As the story rolls along, Blart does build a weak friendship with Amy and is also put in charge of training a new hire.

When Black Friday comes around, all chaos breaks loose. A group of skateboarding, BMX-riding thugs take over the mall and collect a small group of hostages (including many of Blart's friends and Amy) to hold off the police. They plan to steal credit card codes from the higher end stores in the mall and make a quick escape.

The only thing standing in their way is Paul Blart. He stumbles, bumbles and rumbles his way through the scenery, chewing up the mall like a pretzel. At first he is scared of the idea of taking on professional criminals, but when another person is added to the group of hostages, Blart goes into "Die Hard" mode and begins taking out the criminals one by one.

The result is a very funny slapstick comedy for the whole family. There's very little strong language, limited humorous sexuality, and the cast is, for the most part, very likeable.

The DVD comes with many obligatory extras including previews and deleted scenes. Also included are featurettes on the making of the film. My personal favorite was the featurette on the many stunts featured in the film.

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" deserves a solid three-and-one-half stars. It's silly and clean enough for youngsters to enjoy, and the actions of James and company are smart enough to make even the most intelligent adult chuckle.

Recommended to families who are longing for a comedy to watch together that isn't animated. Also recommended to fans of slapstick comedy.

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review by . December 19, 2010
In terms of comedies that came out in 2009, this one isn't that bad, and I don't really understand all the critical hate. I can definitely see where it went wrong, because the first half of the film really sucked. However, the mistakes of the first half are compensated for in the second half, which was pretty cool. Kevin James is also a likeable comedian, even if he didn't have much juicy material to work with, and the villain is easily the best character in the movie.      …
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review by . August 06, 2010
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If I shoplifted this movie at a mall and got caught does that make me more pathetic then Paul Blart?
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Kevin and writing partner Nick Bakay did a great job as did director Steve Carr because they were not afraid to push this PG film out, and how successful it was at the box office. You know we were there opening day and of course at midnight the day the DVD was released I had to be there to own it. Sure I am a huge fan but the more I support people I like the more they will keep putting out. This is a great film in my opinion and well worth a purchase.
review by . August 02, 2009
When I first saw he previews for "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"I didn't think that it looked funny. However, I was told by a couple of people that is was a lot better than the previews, and since my wife and I are big Kevin James fans we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the theatrical previews were much funnier than the actual movie which was neither funny or entertaining.     One reviewer made the comparison between Kevin James and John Candy - which I think is appropriate. …
review by . May 21, 2009
This movie just made me and my 13 year old son cringe. I'm sorry, nobody but nobody can possibly be that much of a misfit and then become the savior of the mall. I love a good stupid movie, really love them, this one just had way too many moments of, why in the world did he do that? Could everyone in the world be that stupid?     There were exactly two good laughs. One where Paul jumps from one van to another. And, well, I can't remember the other one - it was that good. What …
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Attention, shoppers: FormerKing of Queensstar Kevin James makes the successful leap to big screen leading man with this Die Hard meets Home Alone slapstick comedy produced by Adam Sandler. In his most empathetic role since his endearing scene-stealing turn in Hitch, James (who also co-wrote the script) stars as biggest loser Paul Blart, a 10-year veteran of the West Orange, New Jersey shopping mall, where he gets no respect from taunting kids who pelt him with ball pit orbs, or a senior who brazenly violates Bart's strictly enforced speed limit in his motorized wheelchair. The film is slow to get rolling as it lays on the pathos as thick as the peanut butter the lonely, overweight and socially awkward Blart spreads on his pies ("Food fills the cracks in he heart," he tells his mother). But then, a band of cycling, skateboarding thieves presumably recruited from the X games take over the mall on so-called Black Friday, the busiest holiday season shopping day. Blart is "untrained, unarmed, and presents a huge target," but, like a plus-size John McClane on a Segway, he is the wild card determined to stop them and rescue his unrequited crush (Jayma Mays) who has been taken hostage. James carries the film on his massive shoulders (the supporting cast is strictly discount outlet, with comedian Adam Ferrara as a sympathetic cop and Bobby Cannavale fromWill & GraceandThird Watchas a bullying SWAT team leader the most familiar faces). He proves himself to ...
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Cast: Kevin James
Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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