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Paul Blart: Mall Cop
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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 Good Guy 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 matinee ticket to laugh for a while with your kids?
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Given the large numbers of people who referred to this silly little movie as one of the worst ever, I wonder where we draw the line between critical assessment and pure gut reaction in forming our opinions of entertainment. What separates Step Brothers, which I hated, from Mall Cop, which I enjoyed? Why did this movie work whereas Funny People, another more critically received Sandler project, disappointed me?
There is little original in the story, there are the predictable credibility issues (young attractive girl falls for shleppy overweight loser - oh, what hath Seth Rogen wrought?), and there's Sandler's penchant for schlocky 80s pop music touchstones that buddy Kevin James is borrowing, but still I found myself laughing out loud during much of this movie even when I saw the gag coming from a mile away. Either my opinion isn't worth squat or the reviewers who tore this movie to shreds need to lighten up. Or maybe neither. Maybe individual taste is just too complex to figure out and the reasons we react the way we do to entertainments aren't so important after all. All I know is that I liked Mall Cop. I laughed a fair amount. I would watch it again. Does that qualify as an endorsement?
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 24, 2009
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I had my reservations going in to see this one, but it was surprisingly funny and didn't have to use much gross-out, potty humor or profanity that seems to be pervading many comedies these days in attempts to humor people. Instead, there was more slapstick style humor, and while it is the classic lovable loser meets girl scenario (except at the mall) and has its predictable moments, over all it was a pretty decent comedy.

King of Queens star Kevin James plays Paul Blart, a long time mall security guard who is a bit lonely in life because of failed relationships. When he sees a beautiful woman working in the mall, he tries to figure out a way to connect with her, but his awkwardness gets in the way of his progress. Training a new mall security guard isn't what it seems to be, as this supposed high school dropout turns out to be the brains behind a massive robbery and hostage situation. It is up to Paul Blart, the only one who takes his job too seriously, to try and save the day.

The first part of the movie was funny, but some of the gags were awkward at times (trying too hard to be funny). What James brought to the character Blart was kind of a Chris Farley/John Candy kind of persona. I thought that the later half of the film was better, even though as usual you have to throw reason out the window.

Not too bad of a film, and dare I say, it might even be one you could take a date to see.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
It isn't often that a movie comes out that actually makes me laugh out loud, but with Kevin James behind Paul Blart as creator and star, Mall Cop fulfills its promise to entertain.

Mall Cop isn't necessarily a movie intended for the entire family, as there is frequent use of mild profanity, but there was nothing else I could find of offense in the movie. About the first half of the movie is much like watching the Kevin James hit TV series, King of Queens, as Paul Blart is very much the same character as Doug Heffernan. At times during the first half of the movie, I found my mind wondering just a bit, or found myself not too disappointed when distracted by something my son would say or do. But about half way through the movie, when the action really kicked in and we get to see James playing the role of Paul Blart a la John McClane of Bruce Willis' Die Hard fame, I found myself engrossed.

Imagine Die Hard meets Homer Simpson, and you'll get a pretty accurate picture of what Paul Blart lives through in his dedication to defend the people of his mall against the invading force of a band of Black Friday thugs out to steal thirty million dollars worth of the credit card transactions on the busiest shopping day of the year. And just like Homer Simpson, Paul Blart manages to pull through in the end.

While I don't recommend Paul Blart Mall Cop for the entire family, it is harmless and enjoyable fare for viewers over the age of twelve or thirteen. I haven't laughed so hard at a movie in I don't know how long.

Jeff Cole is an author, blogger, and podcaster.[...]
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
Format: DVD
A single, suburban dad tries to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. It's a job he takes very seriously, though no one else does. When Santa's helpers at the mall stage a coup, shutting down the megaplex and taking hostages (Paul's daughter and sweetheart among them), Jersey's most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day. Refreshing to see a movie without bad language, unnecessary sexual content, good script writing, and enjoyable throughout. Characters were real and relatable and very funny.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2009
We went to see this and loved it! It was part boy-meets-girl, part cops & robbers, part ninja stunts, part average-guy-succeeds, part sweet dad, part slapstick, part irony of human relationships, but all funny. And the music was GREAT! Went home and immediately signed up to get the sound track when it becomes available.

If I'm looking for something dark and ponderous, I watch PBS or Ingrid Bergman. If I'm looking for something factual, I watch a documentary. If I need to be updated on current events, I watch (or read)the news. But if I need to laugh hard and feel better when I leave, Mall Cop is perfect.

And the music is just terrific! Spans time and memories of my past, but is also this-very-minute, 2009. Can't wait to hear it again!

Just all depends what you're looking for. . . .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 7, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie was awesome, we rented it and watched it probably 5 times before returning it and then we bought it. My 7 and 9 yr old loved it and me and my husband thought it was hilarious. I can't believe all the negative reviews, it was awesome, you WON'T be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I love me some Kevin James and so I was actually really excited about this movie, despite the fact that it did look rather lame. I loved what he did in `Hitch' and even though I feel that `I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry' was a ridiculous mess of a film, I found James to be the best part of it and actually funny in almost all of his scenes. Couple that with the fact that I watch `King of Queen's every day and the fact that recently an Ammy buddy of mine (here's your shout out MKIA) gave this five stars (hehe, we really are twins) and you have a few good reasons why I made this a must see film for my weekend.

I was far from let down.

Yes, this is not a brilliant comedy. It is a family gag film. In line with my grading scale though, when taken in context, this is a brilliant comedy. I mean, it does not set out there to be a smart and intelligent satire or anything like that. It attempts to get a rise out of the entire family (from the wee-little ones to the scrupulous adults) with countless pratfalls and childish humor and it actually succeeds just about everywhere. I can't think of a segment that didn't work.

I was laughing consistently.

The film centers around Paul Blart, a security guard who is very unlucky in just about everything. His wife left him and their daughter after she became a US citizen; he's been stuck doing the same thing for ten years despite repeatedly trying to advance to something better; he's consistently poked fun at while at work by everyone from co-workers to mall shoppers.

Paul Blart is, for lack of a better word, a loser.

After setting up the film by giving us the lowdown on Paul, his home life, his work relationships and his newfound crush on fellow mall worker Amy (that segue scene is hilarious) we are thrown into a `Die Hard' spoof when the mall is overtaken by superhuman thieves on Black Friday. With certain mall employees taken hostage and the rest of the mall evacuated, Paul finds himself the only hope of saving his mall.

What is so great about `Paul Blart: Mall Cop' is the casting of Kevin James in the lead. He has such sublime physical comedy that is matched by his ability to make his every word (even his manner of speech) genuinely funny. I think that is why I loved his pairing with Will Smith on `Hitch' so much. They have very similar comedic styles; they both used every inch of their bodies to sell a character. I've always loved the way Will Smith can contort his face to get a rise, and James does that to. We so often mention dramatic actors and performances as telling a story with their eyes, of truly sinking into a feeling and emotion and just ravishing us with their stare; but the same can be said for a truly rewarding comedic performance as well. Kevin James can crack a smile on anyone with just the expression on his face.

The rest of the cast is serviceable, but they really don't matter much when you consider the fact that this film rests firmly on Kevin's shoulders.

I definitely suggest this film for anyone who just wants to watch something funny, charming and entertaining. `Paul Blart: Mall Cop' feels fresh and exciting and completely rewarding, which is not something that can easily be said for a film in this genre. It's certainly not the best film of the year, or any other year for that matter; but for a somewhat mindless family fun escape from reality it does it's job and then some. Maybe 5 stars is a bit much, but I can't think of a single negative thing to say and this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
As my wife and I watched this film tonite we kept commenting to each other on how obviously the Die Hard series inspired much of Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company seems to have fairly liberally borrowed elements of the Die Hard series to come up with a comedic tale of a down on his luck, overweight, wannabe New Jersey State Trooper that just couldn't quite make it through the academy thanks to his battle against hypoglycemia.

Sandler buddy Kevin James (previously paired with Sandler in the comedy Chuck and Larry) plays the title role here and does it primarily in a serious style. Yes there are laughs, and yes James produces them, but for the most part James plays the part seriously while the humor goes on around him.

Mall Cop did relatively well in theatres even though it's rating seems to fall about where I've placed it here. What that seems to show is that the movie going public was hungry for family friendly comedy that this film happened to be released in perfect time for. There's nothing wrong with this film, and yes it will entertain viewers, but there's really nothing that would set this film at the top of the category either.

The video quality on the Blu-ray is good, though for much of the film it seems you'll be watching commercials for all of the well placed goods and store fronts that are featured (on product placement alone the film should have made plenty of money). Again, given the amount of product placement you'd have to expect that the picture quality would be very good and it is. Anything less wouldn't highlight the goods well enough to let viewers see the product logos.

Audio quality is also good with a soundtrack that features several classic rock and roll performances. If you can imagine the music of the era that was targeted in The Wedding Singer, you'd probably be in the right ballpark. Think Money, Eddie; Survivor; Bon Jovi and others.

Personal opinion, for most potential viewers this is probably rental material. It is certainly family friendly, and given the right audience there's probably a little extra value with the soundtrack, but teens through thirtysomethings may look at this film and be somewhat bored.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2010
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Very funny movie, good laughs, good plot, and loved Paul blart acting. Good clean movie. No sex, nudes, or 4 letter words. A good family movie. All you need for this movie is Pop corn.
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