Paul Blart: Mall Cop

A hypoglycemic overweight eight-time reject from the Jersey State Troopers, trying to make the most of a job as security guard, can’t handle a speeding old duffer in a wheelchair or a bellicose fat lady at Victoria’s Secret, yet he rises to the challenge of a highly trained team of professional armed robbers. Die Hard for the common schlub (Kevin James, highly trained in his own way), with a hot chick as a bonus. Better call it Dream Hard. With Jayma Mays, Keir O’Donnell, Raini Rodriguez, Shirley Knight, and Bobby Cannavale; directed by Steve Carr. 2009.

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— Duncan Shepherd

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richinsd Jan. 21, 2009 @ 4:10 p.m.

OK, Mall Cop was questionable as we went into the full house. I saved my reservations until after the movie and I was pleasantly surprised, although the beginning of the movie with the "hypoglycemic overweight" Mall Cop, Paul Blart (Kevin James) was quite odd to say the least. However Paul Blart was a real trooper and the biggest doofus you have ever seen. He did things that made you want to hide under a blanket and pretend you weren’t there, that's how creepy some of his antics were.

Now most of you who have seen the previews pretty much know the mall was taken over by a bunch of thugs and Paul Blart defended the mall single handedly. That’s where the fun begins and I say well worth the effort. I could tell the whole audience enjoyed Mall Cop as I am sure you will too. An actually fun movie 2 1/2 stars out of 4.

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GeorgeM March 2, 2009 @ 7:49 a.m.

Mallrats and Mallcops are pure Americana.

This film is for all the wannabees, who never made it to the Big Show!

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peijeantsai Oct. 7, 2009 @ 5:42 p.m.

With funnyman Adam Sandler's name attached to this, you really hope Paul Blart: Mall Cop will make you laugh so hard, that the pleasure of watching it will make up for the guilt of enjoying such a dumb comedy. Unfortunately, the film falls just short of hilarity, as Kevin James (hilarious in TV's "King of Queens" and "Hitch") delivers an unexpectedly flat performance as Blart, a shopping mall guard who dreams of state trooperhood, so much so that he tries to ticket a scooter-bound elderly man for reckless driving.

The first twenty minutes crawls -- like a Saturday Night Live sketch gone on too long -- as the film slowly portrays a lonely middle-aged single dad, riding a single joke that isn't that funny to begin with and which gets old very fast (haha, he's a fat middle-aged mall cop, haha, we get it -- now what?). James plays the character so stoically as to be safe. The film is only truly funny when it takes comic risks with its knocks on illegal immigration and Internet shopping.

But the film quickly saves itself with a sudden turn to plot over character development. A gang of thugs takes over the mall, forcing everyone out except a handful of hostages while the robbers sweep the stores for credit card codes. With his segway in tow, Blart, the only mall cop inside, then takes them down one by one, including the leader (hilarious played by Keir O'Donnell, who played Rachel McAdam's the gay artist brother in "Wedding Crashers"). The rest of the film actually executes pretty smoothly, making it a solid rental that won't disappoint Kevin James fans or those who just want a light comedy that actually works. Still, there are much funnier movies than this.

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Josh Board Oct. 8, 2009 @ 11:50 a.m.

This is the perfect movie to get horrible reviews. I never saw it, but I had the fun of laughing every time the commercial came on and I saw him on the Segway, with his goofy mustache and serious facial expression.

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