Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 Review
This movie sees Kevin James return to his role as Paul Blart Mall Cop. It begins with the audience finding out that seven days after the events of the previous film, his wife divorced him. Then, suddenly, his mother is hit by a milk truck (we are off to a good start death and divorce great way to start a comedy). All that Blart is left with is his daughter Maya, played by Raini Rodriguez. Paul and Maya head off to Vegas for a security convention, and she goes to a party and witnesses some art thieves in an altercation. They kidnap Maya and the adventure begins.
Happy Madison does it again. We cannot suppress these words: when we say the adventure begins, we are already an hour and five minutes into this movie. As people who enjoy Kevin James movies for what they are, we had a tough time sitting through this movie. It was extremely slow and, honestly, not funny. The silly slapstick humor was very similar to the Three Stooges or something expected out of my kids’ cartoon shows (not that there is anything wrong with this humor, we just had higher expectations of this movie and those others can at least pull it off as funny). As we were reviewing this movie we were honestly trying to find something redeeming about it and sadly, we can’t think of anything. There are a lot of jokes borrowed from the first movie and there are jokes that ran too long. Actually, in our opinion they all ran too long.
There were also a few scenes that were quite ridiculous. *Spoiler Alert* – in one scene, Blart manages to shove himself into a bullet-proof suitcase and is thrown into a pool. He seems to get out the suitcase just fine (though they thought he was dead after two seconds). Another ridiculous “plot” point has the female hotel manager in love. With Blart. She clearly has no interest in him, then magically becomes infatuated with him within a few random moments they interact. Yeah. Also, there are so many people in Vegas, yet not one person is looking at the art that is being stolen? And it just happens to be available to be scanned and traded without anyone nearby raising any questions?
We can say one good thing about it, we didn’t walk out because our daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a nice family friendly comedy, and those are few and far between these days. Kids will enjoy it, adults will not (unless they have no expectations).
In conclusion, if you have kids and they want to watch something live action and you prefer kid friendly then this is your movie. If you’re someone who likes laughing, high quality comedy and are over the age of 10 this movie is definitely not for you. We wanted to like it, but we just couldn’t get there.
-Jason and Liz