Paul Blart:  Mall Cop 2

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.  Rating:  1 (out of 5).  Mall cop Paul Blart is back and is headed to Las Vegas for a Security Guard Expo with his daughter before she goes off to College. While at the event, he discovers a heist, and it’s up to him to catch the criminals. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, July 14. The Hollywood Reporter says this film “Makes the original look like an unheralded classic.”

Starring: Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, DB Woodside, Eduardo Verástegui, Kevin James, Loni Love, Neal McDonough, Nicholas Turturro, Raini Rodriguez
Director: Andy Fickman
Rating: PG
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

 

REVIEWS

Entertainment Weekly gives the film a D rating, and further notes, “The result—a cinematic shoulder shrug—is far from the worst movie that you’ll ever see, but you might leave wondering why you, the people on the screen, or anyone else in the theater even bothered.”

Los Angeles Times says, “To his credit, director Andy Fickman (“The Game Plan,” “Parental Guidance”) keeps the inanity moving apace and there are a few chuckles to be had courtesy of the supporting cast. But, as is so often the case with big, star-driven studio laffers, “Cop 2” needed several more spins in the comedy punch-up machine before cameras rolled.”

New York Daily News thinks, “James’ everyman appeal is stretched to the limits here, like that polyester shirt he wears.”

The Hollywood Reporter says this film “Makes the original look like an unheralded classic.”

New York Magazine (Vulture) writes, “Nobody was expecting much from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, but did it have to be this unimaginative and lifeless?”

Variety finds, “Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony’s reputation than the release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline.”

New York Post says, “Is it never funny? No, it’s not never funny. It’s just not funny nearly often enough.”

Austin Chronicle thinks, “What’s most dispiriting about this garbage burger is its nonsensical characterization of Blart himself.”

The New York Times writes, “You won’t find much offensive in Kevin James’s slick, innocuous vehicle Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. You won’t find much prompting an emotional reaction in general, so familiar are the jokes and situations. If Mr. James’s character thinks of safety first, so does this movie, to its extreme detriment.”

The Telegraph notes, “It’s not that the film is particularly loathsome, or that Blart is an overweeningly horrible character. What rankles is that he’s barely anything at all; a stereotype of a stereotype; a half-remembered punchline; a stomach with a moustache and wheels. As you watch the film, it’s already forgotten.”

RogerEbert.com says, “Think of the worst movie you’ve ever seen – a movie that didn’t make you laugh, didn’t make you cry, didn’t move you or change you in any way besides giving you the desperate urge to flee the theater. Think of a movie that was a massive waste of your time and money. Hold that title in your mind. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is worse than that.”

Time Out London thinks, “Given that it comes courtesy of Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison… it’s no surprise that Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is a lazy, witless, laugh-free experience. But even by their standards, this is a slog to sit through, so glacially paced that at times it achieves an almost zen-like level of anti-comedy.”

Movie Nation notes, “Sequels are cynical by nature, but this one, with its casino product placement ad and director Andy Fickman apparently checking his text messages instead of trying to punch the limp gags into shape, is purely a paycheck. James may not deserve better, but the kids they’re pitching this to do.”

A.V. Club gives the film a C- rating, and further writes, “If anything, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ups that sadness quotient, spending much of its opening proving that just because these movies are stupider than “Observe And Report” doesn’t mean they have to be less cripplingly depressing.”

The Dissolve finds, “In the past, James at least had likability on his side. He was a big, lumbering oaf, the ideal drinking buddy. But there’s an arrogance to the way he treats people here, particularly a gorgeous hotel employee he’s convinced is in love with him, that renders him strangely unsympathetic.”

TheWrap observes, “The humor level in the film is so moribund that it doesn’t even inspire groans or eye-rolling; instead, it figuratively puts its hands on your shoulders and pushes you deeper into your theater seat until you’ve been completely subdued by all the nothingness it has to offer.”

 

1 Comment

  • This is a ffunn kind of movie to watch.but! Of course Kivin James is such a good and funny kind of guy. Wish I had more friends like him.i need someone to make me laugh again, after the lost of my youngest daughter 28 years old with three children committed sudicide ion January 10 th 2015, it was such devastating. News and mother and father an go through something so tradey. I just don’t know how to deal with this. Now as I raise her 7 year old daughter Jada,9 year son Jace, and 12 year father whom lost but his parents to said suidicde 8 mouths before. So I’ll let Kevin and all my funny movies of other actor’s and actress to a least help me to laugh when I need a little help. Keep up the funnies KEVIN! Love: Suzan Picard.

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