Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Director: Steve Carr

Starring: Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays

Year: 2009

Genre: Comedy

Rated: PG

Length: 91 min.

IMDB Summary: When a shopping mall is overtaken by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to the a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.

Although I usually do not like slapstick and in-your-face comedy, I found Paul Blart: Mall Cop terribly amusing. Perhaps it's the fact that I worked as a sales clerk in a shopping mall--more likely, it's the fact that this movie has perky acting, a lively plot and the reassuring theme of going above and beyond the call of duty, even when a "satisfactory" performance is all that's expected. The funniest moments for me were the colorful interactions between Blart and Pahud, a young Indian and, conveniently, a tech-wiz who helps Blart reclaim the mall from the gang of crooks. What impressed me about this film on a technical level was the likeability of the lead--despite his literally giant flaws, Blart comes across as a dad struggling to be there for his daughter, a cop struggling to excel in a job where coworkers drag him down and a bachelor innocently searching for love. With a sympathetic lead, a cast of zany supporting characters and tons of lighthearted fun, Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy flick.

 For Parents:
Some mild action violence, humor and language

My Rating:
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