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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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5.21 h 31 min2009X-RayPG
In Columbia Pictures' comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey's most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the..
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Steve Carr
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Kevin JamesJayma MaysKeir O'Donnell
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ComedyKids
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English [CC]
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English
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Bobby CannavaleStephen RannazzisiShirley KnightAdhir KalyanPeter GeretyAdam FerraraGary ValentineRaini RodriguezJamal Mixon
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Adam SandlerKevin James
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Columbia Pictures
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PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

3821 global ratings

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Stella CarrierReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Has Elements of Humor
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I admit that this rental of Paul Blart Mall Cop was a film that I decided to recently rent via Amazon around 602 pm this past Tuesday July 2 2019. I actually enjoyed the film more than I expected to which influences my decision to go ahead with purchasing via the film Amazon to watch sometime within the next month andor less. This film features Kevin James as a mall security employee named Paul Blart who is more intense about this job than other employees around him. Even one of the newer mall employees that Paul is training Veck (played by Keir O’Donnell) is surprised by how serious Paul Blart is about this job. The routine of Paul Blart’s life is made happier when he meets Amy Anderson (Jayma Mays) who gets his heart fluttering. One of the additional bright points of Paul Blart’s life includes the life that he has with his mother Margaret Blart (Shirley Knight) and his daughter Maya Blart (Raini Rodriguez). He is also friends with Leon (Jamal Mixon) and Vijay (Erick Avari).Paul Blart’s life becomes even more changed/shaken up after a major security event at the mall around the holidays occurs that is directly affects him and multiple other people. This results in the character of Blart having greater communication with Sergeant Howard (Adam Ferrara), Chief Brooks (Peter Gerety), and Commander James Kent (Bobby Cannavale).
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MargaritaReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A few flaws but very enjoyable
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I really enjoyed watching this movie, despite a few issues. These things might not seem like flaws to another person, though, so you will have to be the judge. There are laughs galore and many that are designed to make us feel a bit uncomfortable about finding them funny. The main characters are all very likeable by anyone who has a heart. If you don't find the main characters sweet and charming, it might be a time for a glance in the mental mirror (sorry to be so blunt, but if you're offended by this statement, it's definitely time for a bit of self reflection!).

This movie can be really uncomfortable to watch for those who are struggling with weight issues because it hits quite close to home in a lot of places - minus the ability to become the hero and save the day. I would be careful about watching this seemingly harmless movie with children without having a conversation about it afterwards. It's important that we all really get the point or this movie is just another series of fat jokes. Eh, a good fat joke can get my round belly jiggling with laughter, too, but the world needs a few fat heroes, too.

Although it's good fun for anyone, I most highly recommend this movie to those with children of any age because, with a bit of talking afterwards, you can really see where your child's head is at in regards to compassion and seeing the value in others. It might bring out some scary things that you don't want to address but are necessary for the child to become a caring person later in life. This can be a great parenting tool or it can just be a lot of laughs for an adult who loves to see the underdog come out on top.
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Lars NelsonReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for kids, good for adults
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Because of negative reviews of this film, I thought it would be bad, but I bought anyway to watch for myself. After watching it, and liking it a lot, my only negative review is of the negative reviewers. Kevin James does great physical comedy in the movie, and it was entertaining to see some real-life reflections of things like some security/law enforcement thinking everyone is a civilian except for themselves. The story line is a sappy nonsense cliche of boy meets girl and encounters an unreal challenge scenario where he proves to be a hero. Even so, I enjoyed watching it and think it is a great movie for kids. It's rare to find a well done, clean movie, that's not all computer animation. The PG rating is appropriate for some violence and vulgar language.
4 people found this helpful
Busy momReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Family friendly movie for ages 10 and up
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We watched this as a family for our family movie night. Our kids are ages 13 and 10 and a half. We appreciated the overall clean humor and lack of bad words. Yes, there is definitely some slap stick, bad attitudes (mean people), and some "intense" villain scenes but overall, I would recommend it as a "clean" family friendly movie. I also liked how it showed someone who is bullied maintaining a positive demeanor and rising against the odds which is a good message for everyone.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally decided we needed to own this!
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We love this movie not only because it is still amusing after repeated viewings, but I don't remember one bad word in the entire movie. Blart nails his character in this one!
QReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been very funny but died after the first 15 minutes.
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Kevin James is a very funny writer and comedian. An example is his very funny television show, The King of Queens. The King of Queens, in my opinion is one of the funniest TV shows ever made. So how could such a funny premise with a very funny actor in a funny sounding movie called, Mall Cop died? The only thing I can think of is writing of the script and maybe direction. Come on Kevin, something like Mall Cop should have had my rib cage splitting open but instead I got an extra nap.
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iconoclastReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dumbest movie ever. Even Ed Wood was better.
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How can studios actually complete projects like this. Every single person on the set must have been thinking "I can't believe we're making this garbage."
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
"I'm not gonna sugarcoat it. You're untrained. You're unarmed... Let's face it, son, you present a huge target."
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There's a certain reek of insignificance which comes with being a lowly rent-a-cop, an authority figure with no real authority (to paraphrase Kevin James, a mall cop or a security guard's strongest move is they gotta call the real police). And, if you're an overweight, klutzy, hypoglycemic mall security guard like Paul Blart (Kevin James), a whole new realm of pathetic is explored. Paul Blart is a guy who never made good. He is zero for eight in his tries at passing the physical exam for the New Jersey State Police. Still living with his mother, long abandoned by his wife (an illegal immigrant who only married him to get that Green Card), haplessly in crush with the girl at the hair accessories kiosk, and so down-and-out in his love life that his supportive young daughter coaxes him to sign up with an online dating service... Paul Blart is a loveable loser. But on Black Friday, the craziest shopping day of the year, as thieves overrun his mall and take hostages, Paul Blart gets a chance to be the hero. He's alone, tired, fat... and the only chance anyone has got.

PAUL BLART MALL COP may have been a surprising box office hit, but there's no denying its feel-good underdog appeal. I liked it enough and laughed plenty enough that I found it easy to overlook the plot inconsistencies and contrivances. I think it's worth 3.5 stars out of 5. In watching this one, it's fairly obvious that a homage is being paid to [[ASIN:B000O77SRC Die Hard]], with our much abused mall cop playing the part of John McClane. And like McClane, Blart as the eyes inside gets no respect from the arriving police officer in charge. Ditto treatment from the S.W.A.T. commander, who used to bully Blart back in school. Even Blart's supervisor is quick to caution him: "I'm not gonna sugarcoat it. You're untrained. You're unarmed... Let's face it, son, you present a huge target."

In DIE HARD Hans Gruber covets his lost detonator, which McClane had gotten a hold of. In this one Blart ends up with the credit card codes for the mall shops, something which the bad guy here originally had and now most desperately craves. So that's one more similarity. There's another moment which echoes a DIE HARD scene, the one with a near spent McClane taking time out to assess his wounds. Except that in Blart's case, his booboo is salved with a kid's bandaid. PAUL BLART MALL COP is a spoofy comedy, yet it's intelligently written enough that you do get invested in the story and its outcome. Kevin James tiptoes (heh!) the line between comedy and pathos. He handles plenty of his own stunts and demonstrates unexpected grace and physicality and some very good pratfalls and slapstick, his character consistently landing himself in very embarrassing predicaments. Blart tends to be officious and overzealous when on the job, traits that are offset by his inherently kind nature and big, big heart. Kevin James makes absolutely sure that the movie audience is on Blart's side, even if it means that Blart gets bagged on by the really obnoxious pen salesman or beat up by a *ahem* whole lot of woman.

Note that Blart's Segway personal transporter qualifies almost as an extension of our hero's character, much like Indiana Jones's hat helped to flesh out that guy's persona. I wonder how long it took James to get familiar with motoring on the Segway, because he looks very, very comfortable on that thing. Two things which also work are Blart's relationship with his chubby, optimistic daughter and his clumsy wooing of Amy, the hair extension kiosk girl (her kiosk is called "Unbeweavable"). Although, admittedly, I pretty much cringed thru all those painfully awkward conversations between him and Amy. The film does a nice job of ensuring that the character moments are laid in before introducing the action/suspense plot. The action sequences, when they do come, are well executed, giving the fat man good opposition in the shapes of athletic perps who flaunt X Games skills (and even parkour). Paul Blart manages to turn the mall's resources to his advantage and to confound the baddies, even if the methods he applies are ridiculously implausible. The movie is all very silly, but presented in such an engaging manner that I couldn't help but be entertained. I certainly wouldn't say no to a sequel.

The mild DVD bonus stuff includes the following: mildly amusing audio commentary by Kevin James & producer Todd Garner; ten weak deleted scenes (Blart gets photographed for his online dating profile; Blart and the S.W.A.T. guy, in pursuit; muttering cleaning custodian; a lost little boy; a quick bar chatter; bad guy explaining the importance of the credit card codes; criminal mastermind chastises a henchman; Paul needs to translate a cell phone text message; Pahud & Paul chatting on the celly; Blart is attacked with snowglobes); and the following mostly self-explanatory featurettes: "Kevin James: Not Your Average Mall Cop"; "Action Sports Junkies" & "Stunts" - these two segments are pretty cool, featuring real life X Gamers who played the bad guys in this film and their stunts, and also stunts by Kevin James; "The Mall"; and "On Set with Mike 'Rooftop' Escamilla" (Escamilla is an actor/BMX stuntguy).
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