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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

  • Dec 19, 2010
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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.

Most of the jokes are pretty hit-and-miss, but the ones that hit were definitely funny. Again, the jokes mostly fall flat in the first half but they get funnier as the second half builds up. If you don't know, Paul Blart: Mall Cop is about...you guessed it....Paul Blart. He's not an underdog, he's a complete loser, and the brunt of the jokes regarding his character are the fact that he's fat and he has hypoglycemia. I never really found those jokes to be funny as a kid and they're especially not funny now. Haha, we get it, he's fat, it's NOT FUNNY. Anyway, he works at a mall that is overrun by criminals during one evening and he has to save the mall despite everyone thinking that he can't do it.

I am pretty sure that this was meant to be a parody of movies like Die Hard, and for that, it definitely works. I haven't seen any Die Hard films, but I know what they are and what they're about, and it definitely seemed like a viable idea. For the most part, it works too, but it only picks up in the second half. Kevin James does a good job, but his leading lady (played by Jayma Mays) didn't really do that great a job. I mean, I like her on Glee, but she's definitely a better tv actress than she is a movie actress.

Out of all the characters in the movie, my favourite is definitely the villain, Veck (played by Keir O'Donnell). He's by far the smartest character in the movie, and I actually found myself rooting for him in the second half just because he was so awesome. Definitely a better character than Blart, I just liked him. The other supporting characters were okay, like Blart's daughter Maya (played by Raini Rodriguez) and the corrupt SWAT captain (played by someone who's in a lot of movies but unfortunately I can never remember his name).

All in all, it's definitely a decent film. Not the worst film, but definitely not the best. For all the mistakes that are made during the first half, they are compensated for and then some in the second half. It definitely could have worked better, but for the most part, the second half is pretty good and works as a die hard parody. If you haven't seen it, definitely worth a rental.

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December 19, 2010
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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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