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Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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When a shopping mall is taken over by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.


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Paul Blart is a mild-mannered man who works as a security guard in a New Jersey mall. For years, he has applied to become a cop, but he always fails the physical exam because he is overweight. One day, a gang of organized criminals put the mall under siege and take hostages. Blart becomes trapped inside, and because of his sense of duty, refuses to leave. He thus becomes the police department's eyes on the inside and attempts to stop the criminals on his own. Written by J. Rieper

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Rated PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,832,636 (USA) (16 January 2009)


$20,819,129 (USA) (17 July 2015)

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During filming, the film crew would allow Kevin James's wife Steffiana De La Cruz and two kids to go shopping around the Burlington Mall (film location in Massachusetts), while he would continue to finish filming his scenes. See more »


There is no enclosed shopping mall in West Orange, New Jersey. West Orange does have the Essex Green Shopping Plaza, but that is an open air establishment. See more »


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Not A Kevin James fan, this is a positive review
17 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Never watched King of Queens, never have been a Kevin James fan but always liked him better than his pal Ray Romano. I was coerced into seeing this Mall Cop movie. I give it a 6 out of 10. Now some may say that is a low rating, some may say better than mediocre.....for me who normally does not like this guys type of humor, this is a great rating!!! It was mildly entertaining...for me it gets the extra star to put it at 6 because it's refreshing to see some humor that's not overly sarcastic, deeply degrading to someone else (except the title character), or just downright cruel. This relied on what I call "Bill Cosby" sense of humor. Funny but overall clean. A bit cheesy, but I think that's what Kevin and the screenwriters were going for. Normally I don't get why people think he's funny but in this case, I did get it....and you can't help but like the guy. Without giving any detail, the bar scene for me was one of the most Laugh Out Loud moments in the movie. The way KJ zips around on the Segway is pretty hilarious although because of it's consistency throughout the movie it wears off a bit. I agree with previous reviews of how the villains kind of downgraded the movie a bit. If that was smarter, or those parts were rewritten, it could have been a lot funnier. Another surprising aspect is Kevin's agility, and athleticism. In this particular movie he is very physical (or at least stunt doubles allow him to appear that way) Overall my 6 out of 10 rating should be perceived as a great rating for this movie. I previously never liked this actor, I thought the title was dumb as dirt, and although I always keep an open mind I would be lying if I didn't say that my expectations were very, very low for this. Certainly not as bad as I thought it would be, and not as great as I thought it could have been. Kevin and cast made this a little better than average...and it changed my mind about my hesitation with this guy....I hope someone puts him in a good movie with a great script in the future (better than Chuck and Larry, Hitch). I believe it will do well on cable. One last thing that I must mention was great, at 82 mins...it was just long enough to not overdue what should be viewed as a kinda silly concept.

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