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Paul Blart: Mall Cop


Review by Chris Maitland

Ah, Kevin James. Where to start with  Kevin James? The loveable star of The King Of Queens has a new bag of tricks up his sleeve.  His first starring role, in the family comedy  Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Paul Blart:Mall Cop is the story of the loveable goofball Paul Blart (duh), a grown man who still lives with his mother (Shirley Knight) and his trying to raise his eight-year-old daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez).  Paul has failed the police academy entrance test on many occasions.  He wants to badly to be a police officer, but is instead stuck riding a Segway at the local mall as (you guessed it) a mall cop. Paul life seems pretty standard until a fateful day where a band of extreme-sports robbers led by Vick Sims (Keir O’Donnell) lock down the mall, and then Paul Blart must go into full-on John McClane mode.

This movie is clearly for kids. I can see why it was a big hit. It is good clean fun that the family can enjoy together, which is a rare commodity in the industry today. Now, I am 17 years old, and I am not in the demographic that this film is intended for. But I took it for what it was, and I thought it was a decent film. There are some decent laughs throughout;  not any laugh-out-loud moments, but enough to make it amusing.  Kevin James carries  this film on his shoulders.  He embraced the role and just had fun with it. He makes this film work.

The downside to this movie is the extreme-sports robbers. They come in pretty late in the film and pretty much serve no purpose. They are just pawns and this film and why they are extreme-sports experts is also pretty baffling. The supporting cast was also mediocre. They did what they needed to and that’s about it.

Overall if you are fan of Kevin James or a parent with kids in the 7-13 range then give this film a go for sure. If you are not… well, give it a shot if you want.  It’s a decent little movie and it did keep me marginally entertained for an ninety minutes.

3 / 5 stars

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