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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Paul Blart: Mall Cop

    I'm a Kevin James fan. I own four of the nine seasons of King of Queens, I thought he was the best part of Hitch, and I catch his Comedy Central special every time it's on TV. He's always excellent at playing a schlub that you root for, and characters that you generally care about. Add the charm of Kevin James with the Happy Madison production company and the producing power of Adam Sandler and I knew I had to check this out.
    Paul Blart (Kevin James) is a single father living in New Jersey whose lifelong dream of being a state trooper keeps getting sidelined by his hypoglycemia so he works as a mall security officer. Paul's daughter, Maya (Raini Rodriguez), keeps begging her father to get back on the dating scene, even going so far as to make him an online dating profile, and he keeps refusing until he meets Amy (Jayma Mays), a mall wig merchant. Paul never sticks up for himself, and never quite takes the plunges or makes the moves that he needs to until he finds his daughter and the woman he cares about taken hostage and his mall in danger.
    As a fan of Kevin James, and recently Jayma Mays (Heroes, Glee), and I have to admit that this movie was quite a let down, especially considering that Kevin James co-wrote the screenplay. You'd think that the idea of a failed trooper trainee come mall cop who spends most of his day driving around a segway would lead to some great jokes and hilarious turns, but what we get is a cliche driven film that tries to find more fun in Paul Blart's hypoglycemia and weight than anything else. In truth we've seen this all before: down on his luck underdog fails, gets lesser job, meets girl, never really hooks up with girl, girl's in trouble, underdog takes out many people stronger and more skilled than he is, wins girl, gets opportunity to have job he wanted but turns it down for lesser job. In other words there's nothing new here.
    To add to the problems, the director and the editor doesn't seem to know how to let a scene breath and doesn't appear to know much about comedic timing. On several occasions throughout the movie it seemed like there was a good set up that could have led to great laughs, but the director chose to cut on that scene to move to another scene ruining the atmosphere. They also don't seem to know how to edit to get the best take, many lines in the movie could have possibly been funny if delivered differently, but the joke was lost in the chosen take.
    That's not to say that the entire movie is a lost cause. There's one scene that features Paul Blart getting absolutely wasted at a work get together that had me nearly reduced to tears from laughing so hard. Some of the action is fairly well shot as well, with some of the "bad guys" obviously played by extreme sports athletes.
    But for the few good parts there is too much dead space where there's not a laugh to be found or a snort of, "That was kind of clever." The characters are thinly written, and there is too much relying on everything that's come before. I would probably say give it a rental, but luckily it's no longer in the theater. Hopefully, next time Kevin James will pick a better project to devote his time to.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mall Cop

    This is a very fummy movie and would highly recommend this movie to everybody. I laughed till I cried tears

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    GREAT MOVIE!

    Dj: THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!! So cool blart is awesome, and funny. movie was hilarious! his video he made was so funny
    Katie: Great movie. It was original, funny, and for the entire family. Great actors,and storyline.

    Dj and Katie, LOVED THE MOVIE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny. Predictable.

    A good way to spend an evening - you, know on another of those "fabulous Friday" nights where you can barely crawl from couch to table to couch, etc. Not too intellectually stimulating - no emotional baggage. Just ooze into the sofa and let it entertain you. Worth Blart's "Weight" on that kind of day.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mall cop

    I enjoyed the movie

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mall Cop

    Great movie for the family!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I actually liked it!

    I don;t know why I rented this, but I am glad that I did.

    The actors - Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, Raini Rodriguez and some of the rest are very funny!

    Director, Steve Carr handled the comedy exceptionally well.

    LOL

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Movie in a while!

    I loved this movie! Kevin James is great! I was very happy with this movie. very family friendly which is hard to find these days. I can't wait to see it again.

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