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If Paul Blart: Mall Cop had been made 20 years ago, it would have
starred John Candy. That's a complement, by the way. Candy had a knack
for playing bungling, yet good-hearted people who mainly wanted to
please. He certainly specialized in playing people who tried too hard
to be nice to cover up past pain. There's a lot of this in Kevin James'
performance as the title character here. He's more than just a comic
goofball. James turns him into a likable and surprisingly sympathetic
hero that we find ourselves cheering for by the end.
Kevin James rose to fame on television starring on the sitcom, The King of Queens, and has been trying to break into movies for a while now. He's acted along side stars like Will Smith and Adam Sandler, but this is his first shot at a stand-alone starring role. Sandler is still there behind the scenes (His Happy Madison production company produced the film.), but this is James' film all the way, and he doesn't waste the opportunity. His Paul Blart is admirable in a way. He's overweight and he suffers from hypoglycemia, but he always tries to do the right thing. He's passionate about his job as a mall cop, but he'd really like to be a police officer on the street. He's taken the physical entrance exam many times, but his health problems have prevented him from finishing. He makes up for his shortcomings by being the best mall cop he can be, and by also being a good single father to his teen daughter (Raini Rodriguez), who respects him and wishes he could fall in love again. Paul has his eyes on a young woman named Amy (Jayma Mays), who also works at the mall. The first half hour or so of the film is devoted to Paul's life, and it certainly helps us get into his corner when the actual plot kicks in.
It's Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, and some high tech criminals stage a lock down and a hostage situation at the mall as they pull off their theft plan. They place motion sensors and small bombs at the entrances, so no one can get in or out. They think they've removed everyone from the building, but didn't notice Paul was in the back of the arcade playing Guitar Hero. When he emerges from the arcade, he quickly learns about the hostage situation, and discovers that both Amy and his daughter are amongst them. This kicks off the main action, where Paul must use his resources around him to out think and outrun the criminals while keeping everyone alive. I liked this aspect of the story, and how Paul Blart actually has to be clever in order to outsmart the captors. The movie is rated PG, so it's never too violent or scary for kids, which is the perfect target audience for the film. They'll like the film's gentle and goofy humor, and accompanying adults may find themselves charmed by Blart himself.
I never laughed out loud while watching this movie, but I did smile a lot, and I found myself caring more about the main character than I imagined. Let me tell you, that's more than I expected walking into a movie called Paul Blart: Mall Cop. There's plenty of sweetness during the early moments, establishing Paul's shy relationship with Amy, and the caring one he shares with his daughter. When the time comes for him to be a hero, we can cheer for him, because the movie makes him into a true underdog. He's constantly battling with his own shortcomings and health issues, and it's clever the way he keeps on finding ways to keep himself going, driven by saving the ones he loves. If I'm making the movie sound too serious, it's not. There's plenty of slapstick gags, surprisingly no bodily fluid or toilet humor to be found, and some pretty good physical comedy on display. If there's any major shortcoming to be found, it's that the movie is pretty inconsequential, and will probably be forgotten by me a few months from now.
Still, considering the kind of junk that usually clogs theaters in early January, Paul Blart certainly is not bad. I imagine the movie will make a good rental, since its somewhat small scale will make it perfect for watching on TV rather than the big screen. If anything, it's one step closer to making James the cross-over star he obviously wants to be. I wouldn't mind seeing the same kind of likability he gives here in a less juvenile script. He's on to something here, he's just gotta find the project where he really knocks one out of the park.
This movie is getting a surprising amount of hate and I don't know why.
There is very little in the way of violence, even less in the way of
sex and even the gross-out jokes are kept way below what is usually the
minimum level for comedies lately. The bad guys get around the mall
with mountain bikes, skate boards and by utilizing some impressive
parkour moves. Clearly this movie was meant for the PG crowd and in
that it succeeds. It's a nice clean family comedy that everyone can
attend and enjoy. There were lots of families in the theater when I saw
this movie and they all seemed to have a pretty good time. They laughed
and giggled and there was very little of the bored chatter you hear
sometimes at kids/family movies.
I was thinking a little about the John Candy movie Summer Rental after I saw this. Candy played a few different roles in films before he did Summer Rental but that movie is where you see the classic John Candy affable lug character that kind of served as a template for most of his following roles. His characters were usually some variation of that, he did it well and people loved it. Kevin James has a similar likable quality and I'm hoping that maybe he picks up the Easy Going mantle where John Candy left it.
To paraphrase Paul Blart himself, "Don't write this movie off." Like I said, there were plenty of scenes that had both kids and adults laughing together. Isn't it worth at least the price of a matinée ticket to laugh for a while with your kids?
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.
When I saw the premise of this movie, I had a chuckle. It had the
potential to be a decently funny movie, something perhaps with heart,
something that delivered a good deal of laughs and you walked out
feeling good. I wasn't expecting an Academy Award winning movie. Its
definitely not Oscar-worthy. The real disappointment lies in the lack
of humor in it.
Paul Blart (Kevin James) is a mall cop that seems to have no direction in his life. They go to good lengths to show how truly depressing his life is. Paul sees a woman in his mall, Amy (Jayma Mays), running a stand for hair extensions. He realizes that he needs to be with her and tries to woo her, even though he has no self-esteem. Just as the story is falling apart, the mall where they both work is robbed in a supposedly sophisticated scheme. Suddenly our slovenly friend is thrust into a role where he can try to impress the love of his life and excel at his job at the same time. Easy to guess where this story is going, no?
The acting was okay, the direction was tolerable. The problem is the script. As I said, the story itself had potential. It just felt as if the writers could decide where this was a character they loved or hated. It really could have used another re-write or two to develop the script a little more. The movie is tolerable, but realize that not only are you not seeing an Oscar-worthy movie, but you'll be a little disappointed in the laughs as well. 3/10
I wasn't too sure about this movie when I saw the trailers. It looked
like it might be a total waste of time, along the lines of "Delta
Farce" or "Meet the Spartans". However, after reading some of the
reviews, and being a fan of "King of Queens", I decided to check it out
and was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed it. The casting was
excellent, the screenplay was very good, and Kevin James fit the bill
perfectly. I can't imagine anyone other than him playing the role of
Paul Blart, Mall Cop.
Paul Blart is an overweight, hypo-glycemic (prone to fainting spells), shopping mall security guard who lives with him Mom and teenage daughter somewhere in North Jersey. Paul aspires to be a NJ State Police officer but cannot pass the required physical, and thus is consigned to his present job at a West Orange, NJ shopping mall. While Paul is on duty, a group of armed robbers attempt to steal the credit card receipts. The remainder of the film is Paul doing battle with this group of robbers. This sounds more serious than it is. Rest assured, it's a fun comedy with many funny gags / bits.
I'd recommend this movie to anyone who liked "King of Queens" or has an affinity for light-hearted comedies.
I saw the trailers, enjoyed King of Queens, and thought I'd enjoy this
Kevin James jaunt as a Saturday afternoon film. A film which should be
quietly enjoyable and give a few laughs.
What I watched was mind-numbing garbage. Whilst I didn't expect anything too original, I didn't think I'd get such unoriginal, factory fodder. There was nothing to be enjoyed, and almost everything was too expected. The little that was marginally original was creepy. I felt like screaming to the love interest, don't go any near that stalker as he zoomed in on CTV then offered a lift on his mop-mobile. Would anyone say yes if a creepy guy offered to put his arms around you on his Segway when you just met the guy; especially one with stalker tendencies? The scene in the bar that followed was just as painful to watch, and even more reason for the love interest to run a mile.
The writers seemed to forget that if you're going to create formula movies, with a loser you need the audience to like, that there has to be something positive and likable about the character. I can't think about anything redeeming during the first twenty minutes. The writers took too many liberties with the audience and just presumed, 'Hey, this is an actor everyone likes, we don't need to make any effort in the script to support this.' This is not Kevin James greatest moment. The box office receipts merely show how successful good advertising can be, no matter how bad the product is.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was more than anxious to see it. Then I saw another one and it made me see it even more. Then I saw the movie and guess what, all the good scenes were those that I've already seen and nothing more. The idea itself is a very interesting one at very least, but it's the realization is where the movie fails. The story begins to borderline on being boring halfway through, and it all begins to be more than predictable. Once or twice the story takes an engaging turn, but it's really not enough. The funny parts are to be counted on the fingers of one hand, and the ending is -again- so predictable, it hurts. Which is a shame, because the acting is really good, Kevin James is truly shining through and proving that he's a really good actor; again, not nearly enough to salvage the shortcomings of the plot and the lack of jokes. Which is a shame. Movie starts really promising, but the further we go into the movie, the more painful it becomes to watch it. As if the makers gave up on it after shooting the first 30 minutes. I'm giving it 5 stars only because the first half an hour is really decent. And I gotta admire James doing all his stunts. So do yourself a favor. Don't watch the movie. Watch the trailers. That's all you need to see.
Seriously, this was the worst movie I've seen in years.
I didn't laugh once.
I shook my head a lot and asked myself over and over again, "This was the number one movie in America the week it came out? What is wrong with the USA?!"
Truly, the film is *horrible*. It is start to end horrible.
Seriously, if the best thing about your movie is music by Survivor, what does that say about your acting, directing, screenplay?
This film is an embarrassment.
America, you deserve the sequel you'll no doubt get.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Why is it that movie makers just never seem to be able to leave well
enough alone? In the case of "Paul Blart - Mall Cop," what starts off
as a sweet and goofy little farce about a lovable loser with an
outsized body and an outsized heart, in no time flat, devolves into
just another boring, over-the-top action comedy. The movie features
"King of Queens"'s Kevin James as an overzealous, scooter-riding
security guard in a New Jersey shopping center who "don't get no
respect" from either his fellow officers on the beat or the regular
citizens whose safety he's sworn himself to protect.
James has enough charm and likability to make even the slapstick parts look easy, and the script (which James co-wrote), in the initial stages at least, has a playfulness that keeps the humor from becoming overly broad or juvenile. But then disaster strikes when some armed criminals take over the mall, holding a half dozen or so of the employees and customers hostage. Soon, the bumbling Blart is springing into action, single-handedly taking on the bad guys and simultaneously running the movie into the ground in the process. The story's premise really only works if the windmills this wannabe state trooper is tilting at remain illusory and harmless. But once the menace becomes real, much of what makes the concept funny in the first place disappears, and we're left with just another over-produced, stunt-driven fairy tale in which an unlikely action hero saves the day and gets to take home the girl (the lovely Jayma Mays, who's indeed quite a girl to get to take home).
Better luck next time.
I'm writing a review to a film I just couldn't finish. It was too
I like films about those lovable losers who end up as winners. Happy Gilmore succeeded at being that. So did the darkly hilarious Kingpin. But this film sucked at that for a couple reasons. The big one is the script just isn't that funny. One humiliating thing after another happens to James' Mall Cop, and he's just incapable of defending himself. I don't get it, the character would be a cop, should be a cop, if it wasn't for the blood sugar issue. But when the lowly pen salesman verbally bashes him, Blart takes it like a puss. It just doesn't add up. It's just poor writing. If he showed even the smallest flash of cajones, instead of being a two dimensional human doormat, this would be a funnier movie. The entire drunken melt down at the bar hurts to watch. It should be a comic centerpiece, but it's not. I'm sorry, but having Kevin James' brother as some kind of bald karaoke dude doesn't save it. By far.
Instead of creating comedy and tension, the script relies too much on Kevin James doing his thing, being the over the top fat guy with a ton of personality. I liked King of Queens, but watching Mall Cop gave me a new respect for Leah Remini and the rest of the show's cast. James needs either a real script, or he needs to surround himself with funny actors.
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