Movie Review: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” – A Comedic Dud

Written by Caitlin Cooper May 08, 2015

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The clumsy and accidentally heroic mall cop who rides segways and dreams of being respected as an officer of security first appeared in 2009’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” when the mall was under attack; Paul (Kevin James) saved the day, mostly by accident, and found romance and gained respect. His mall escapade seems to have won audiences over, so much so that he’s back to save the day again, only this time in Vegas.

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” follows Paul after some personal tragedy has left him once again sad, lonely, and feeling unfulfilled. But when he’s invited to an award ceremony, he hopes to regain the respect he had after saving the mall hostages. While he and his daughter (Raini Rodriguez) on this vacation before she heads off to college, it becomes clear that he’s once again needed to save the day even though no one but his daughter and his fellow mall cops believe in him. When his daughter accidentally discovers that some of the other guests are trying to steal the art at the hotel, she’s taken hostage. It’s up to Paul, with some help from his fellow mall cops, to save his daughter and the art. Sometimes the unlikely hero is the only one who can save the day.

“Security is a mission.”

For a comedy, a lot of the jokes in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” fall flat. Paul punches an old lady, and she thanks him? Sure. Sometimes when he tries and fails at doing an action move or hiding or getting away, it’s actually funny because it goes back to him struggling to be a cop sometimes. Sometimes the fights are downright pathetic, which kind of makes fun of action movies. The bad guys aren’t above yelling matches with Paul either. Some of his fellow security guards worship him, which is both sweet and funny. I’m all for comedy, but I’m also all for treating people right. And this movie has sexist “jokes” that annoyed me. If a woman says to leave her alone, the answer is not to guilt the woman into allowing his friend to continue hitting on her. The sub-plot about Paul having to accept that his daughter is growing up is a nice serious touch to “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”.

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I actually find James to be a good actor and comedian, and that’s no less true here. However, even a good actor can’t save a weak script. Rodriguez has a bigger role in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” and the movie is better for it. Her character brings some reality to the story, and her acting is good enough to provide somewhat of a balance with the rather ridiculous scenes. Neal McDonough plays Vincent, the head of the art heist; he’s intense, and sometimes that makes him seem a little out of place. There are a lot of cameos by comedians, but their characters felt unimportant and simply silly.

“Paul, can you step up to the plate and save us?”

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is one of those cases where a sequel to a comedy isn’t always a good idea. The first movie was only funny because it was ridiculous, but this movie is simultaneously too ridiculous and not funny enough. The idea is good, but the script was weak. But mostly, it doesn’t seem like there was much of a point to telling more of Paul’s story. I’d say skip this, and see something else at the theater.

My Rating: 2.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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