TL;DR – A waste of time for all involved, especially the audience
Score – 1 out of 5 stars
So I walked into the movies and saw this and thought “I think I remember the first film, and as I recall I think I liked it” and hey it is cheap movie day what is there to lose, well 90 minutes of your life for one.
In Part 1 (which was in 2009 wow) Paul Blart (Kevin James) was a Mall Cop who foiled an armed robbery and it was kind of funny and a little endearing. In Part 2 Paul Blart (Kevin James) was a Mall Cop who foils an armed robbery in Las Vegas which replaces endearing with stupidly overprotective father syndrome and funny with, well you may still find it funny if you like that cringe awkward humour, I for one am not a fan.
Look I feel that I may be being a bit hard on this film, it just might be that it is a kind of humor I just don’t get and that is not to say that there are no funny bits in the film, there is a surreal section of Kevin James getting attacked by a bird whilst a dude plays on the piano and a funny moment where he bursts out into some cirque du soleil thing and Raini Rodriguez (Maya Blart) is really trying her best and her scenes tend to be the most bearable.
But there is just not enough to sustain any real enjoyment here. There are a number of other scenes that start out funny but the joke gets played out for so long it just feels boring, the supporting cast is just a mishmash of stereotypes and one-note blandness, even though it was fun to see an old NYPD Blue cast as one of the Mall Cops it becomes unfunny fast. There is also this weird subplot of him confusing the ineradicable attractive manager of the hotel with bluster, which really feels uncomfortable and the ‘gag’ goes on for the whole movie. Also no Adam Sandler cameo, which is almost like Stan Lee not showing up in a Marvel film.
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Directed By – Andy Fickman
Written By – Nick Bakay and Kevin James
Starring – Kevin James, Neal McDonough, Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, Ranini Rodriguez & Loni Love
Rating – Australia: PG; Canada: PG; Ireland: PG; UK: PG; USA: PG