Quick Movie Review: Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

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We’ve seen this movie plenty of times before, but somehow it doesn’t seem as bad as the others. It’s harmless and aims simply to make us laugh. A big issue may be that it’s not quite a family film, yet it’s nowhere near the level of an adult comedy. And with that limbo area covered, many folks try and make sense of it, but they can’t. They have to just boil it down to the fact that it’s a harmless movie that has been made–albeit maybe 10 to 15 years too late–and it exists.

Paul Blart is a bumbling mall cop who takes his job way too seriously while also trying to win over the woman of his dreams.

While James is funny, the script is terrible in the strictest sense. There are pretty much no jokes. All the humor comes from our lead’s goofy responses to different scenarios or his ridiculously clumsy actions. Some may not find this type of humor funny in the slightest, but I have a soft spot for slapstick.

The film doesn’t dumb itself down too much, but when it does it’s painful. For instance, in one scene, Blart is held at gunpoint and relies on flicking a drop of hot sauce 15 feet into the bad guy’s eye, but then once it hits the guy, our protagonist fails to capitalize on his success by taking down the perpetrator. Blart then jokes about how he doesn’t follow up–which is funny, but also a cheap way for the filmmakers to extend the plot, as the antagonist gets away with two victims.

The premise is stretched thin, but the movie never seems to get too boring for the more easily entertained.

But it helps that we like the main character. He’s truly a great guy to root for and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. We just really want him to win.

It’s predictable, cliche, and ridiculous, but Paul Blart: Mall Cop can be a pretty decent watch with a group of friends.

Twizard Rating: 74

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