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Film Review: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”

(Sony Pictures. 1 hour, 27 minutes. Rated PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language. Directed by Steve Carr.) Kevin James (Paul Blart), Keir O’Donnell (Veck Sims), Jayma Mays (Amy), Raini Rodriguez (Maya Blart). Music by Waddy Wachtel.

Kevin James plays Paul Blart, a hypoglycemic mall security guard who, when the mall is taken over by criminals bent on stealing credit card numbers, steps up and saves the day. While the plot is simple and very familiar, Mr. James’s performance and some genuinely amusing bits make this a decently fun little movie. The script, though a tad sloppy in places, keeps things moving along rather briskly, and given that this movie is from Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler’s company), it is surprisingly clean. The lack of obscene gross-out humor and abundant cursing is somewhat refreshing, considering the sheer volume of it available elsewhere. The plot does have some very questionable spots, such as: How does Blart’s daughter manage to waltz into the mall during a heist when the mall is surrounded by most of the police department? Why do all of the criminals resemble rejects from the X-Games? Is the twist at the end really necessary? (The short answer is no.) However, this whole movie falls on James’s shoulders, and he perfoms ably. Though not at his best, he is endearingly goofy, and his cat-and-mouse game with the baddies is rather clever, especially the scene in the Rainforest Cafe. It won’t win any awards, but feel free to bring the kids.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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