Saturday, June 27, 2009

Movie Review : Paul Blart Mall Cop

I am a huge fan of Kevin James. I have his comedy stand up dvd and watch him almost every day on King of Queens, so needless to say I had huge hopes for this movie. The movie starts off good and is funny and seeing how kevin handles that ....can't remember the name of it.... just amazing. Kevin has his usual great delivery of lines and falls for a new employee of a wig kiosk in the mall. He starts to get somewhere until one night he goes out with her and other employees to a bar and gets far too drunk and really makes a fool out of himself. The next day, the woman is very uncomfortable around him and Paul is feeling really down for the rest of the day. Later in the day he helps a fellow employee by closing up the arcade for him and ends up getting caught up in a hurdles game as well as Rock Band. During this time the mall is taken over by very athletic robbers and take the bank employees and some of Paul's friends hostage. It is up to Paul to save the day.
This is a fairly good movie, if it weren't for Kevin James i dont think it would have done well at all, he really carries this movie. You really root for him the whole time. The movie is really good for about the first half and then it gets a bit serious and the laughs almost completely stop for the second half as you are concentrated on how the events will play out. With the exception of a hilarious hot sauce to the eye scene, nothing really funny happens during the second half.
The movie is good and I could see myself eventually buying it and it does deserve a viewing, even more so with friends around.
+Kevin James is funny as always
+Good cast
+Great funny moments
+Decent story
-Second half isn't really funny
-The mall cop idea is quickly lost
-Not a lot of material to work with
-Short running time

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