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Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 76

Paul Blart: Mall Cop has some laughs, but its plot is flimsy and lacking in any sustained comic momentum.

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 24

Paul Blart: Mall Cop has some laughs, but its plot is flimsy and lacking in any sustained comic momentum.

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Movie Info

A New Jersey rent-a-cop gets his moment to shine as the holidays approach and Santa's little helpers stage a coup at the local shopping mall in this comedy starring King of Queens' Kevin James. Paul Blart (James) is a single suburban dad attempting to make ends meet by working as a mall security guard. Paul takes his job very seriously; unfortunately the same can't be said for the shoppers he deals with on a daily basis. That all changes the day that Santa's little helpers shut down the mall and

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Comedy

Kevin James, Nick Bakay

May 19, 2009

$146.3M

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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (76) | DVD (5)

The Black Friday setting suggests that this was meant to be a holiday release, but it's not hard to see why the studio dumped this suckfest in January.

January 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (2)
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Once you've seen about the first 20 minutes of the movie, you've got a sense of what all of the jokes were going to be.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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James gives it everything he's got, totally committing to the character and delivering clean comedy which often times is often more difficult than creating just a raunch-fest.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The last name Blart may be the funniest thing in the movie, so that's a hint as to just how bad this shopping-center saga can be.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (8)
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It's surprisingly okay, in a January kind of way.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
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As cheapo larks go, it's a winningly unassuming one: no stars, no big action set pieces. Just a fat guy, a near-empty mall, and a lot of really ridiculous ideas.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Slate
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James is much better than a lot of his contemporaries at this, eschewing over-the-top clowning for actual humanity. But it all gets thrown out the window in the second half. Maybe he'll do better next time.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Doesn't offer anything new but it is an ample addition to the comedy genre, and after a mostly rip-roaring 91 minutes, you'll understand how the film did so well in America.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

...a hopelessly underwhelming comedy...

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

Unfunny, unoriginal and tedious - Mall Cop is successful only at living up to the standard set by past films that have begun with the words 'A Happy Madison Production'.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

It's only almost the making of a comedy classic.

June 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

The title and premise alone sound like every stupid comedy you've avoided for decades. Something was different %u2013 something was done right. Three other friends shared my secret shame enjoying this amiable, broad %u2013 and subtle %u2013 romantic act

May 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina

About ten times funnier than the similarly-themed Observe & Report, though this silly, slapstick adventure is aimed more at kids than adults.

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (4)
NewsBlaze

An unfunny comedy with a limited imagination and a steady diet of fat jokes.

May 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The numerous making-of featurettes includes a treat for those of us in eastern Massachusetts with the Burlington Mall highlighted...

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...a genial, inoffensive little comedy that coasts on the charm of its "King of Queens" star James...

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

What's most disappointing here is that Kevin James appears capable of far more rich and subtle comedy than he's ever likely to be part of in a Happy Madison production.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

Y si, básicamente se trata de reírse del gordo. Pero como es el propio gordo quien sirve la broma, uno no se siente tan culpable y se ríe con él.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comments (2)
Uruguay Total

I found myself really quite enjoying this film, partly for its cheerful guying of mall culture. The heroine, Amy, works on a hair extension stand called Unbeweavable.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

There's no doubt that James is a fine comedic actor and the role of Paul Blart fits his big frame like a well worn glove. As writers, however, he and Bakay rely too heavily on slapstick...

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

James makes a funny, likeable doofus, and the expansion of his girth since his hit sitcom The King of Queens is used to great comic effect.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Men of a certain size will love Paul Blart - and his pursuit through the centre is remarkably inventive. Truly for all the family.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Teletext
Teletext

Although juvenile, predictable and utterly forgettable, has an endearing central character in Kevin James

March 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With only some scattershot scenes of physical humor, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' does little to keep viewers safe from boredom.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

to my surprise, once the action part of the story kicked in, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" transformed into a rather enjoyable comic adventure.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

An 'arresting' comedy. James' best work.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviehole
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Audience Reviews for Paul Blart: Mall Cop

So the joke is that Paul Blart is fat and inept, is that it? Or is it the part about wanting to excel in your line of work but not quite having the ability to do so that is funny? He did fall over a couple of times, that's classic comedy isn't it? There was that part where he got really drunk and acted exactly how drunk people don't act as well, that was hilarious yeah? He also doesn't wear cool clothes and has trouble talking to women. It's hard to tell whether the film makers wanted us to believe he suffered from a lack of social skills because half the time he obviously does and half the time he blatantly doesn't. I think that's probably in-depth character development though rather than poor script writing. I do wonder why they got an actual fat person to play Paul Blart though instead of casting a skinny guy in a fat suit, that would have been much funnier. He also didn't dress up as a women at any time during the film which I think was a missed opportunity. Fingers crossed they'll rectify all in the sequels. I've just realised that Blart sounds a bit like fart, now that's funny!
March 7, 2014
SirPant

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I liked this, sure its very childish, predictable, cheesy and we've seen it all before but its still humorous and doesn't take itself seriously (of course) so hey...what the hell.

James makes it funny, simple, I like Kev James ('King of Queens') a lot, like John Candy, John Belushi and Chris Farley his size gives his light relief side a mega boost. He's a nice guy and is easy going, makes you feel happy and comfortable with his average guy persona.

The plot is utter trash lol! very stupid, a total 'Die Hard' parody in the second half (almost a spoof) which at times becomes a bit too close to serious and not funny. The whole hostage idea kinda spoils the comedy side of things, should of remained just 'Dumb n Dumber' to the end.

The whole concept at the start is funny, a mall cop who thinks he's a real cop in a mall, the scene where Blart stops an OAP in a buggy is brilliant, best scene, other things are very babyish eg. prat falls and drunk tomfoolery etc..Does lower the tone when it could of been a great 'Dodgeball' style adult comedy.

A slight shame cos it could of been a real classic spoof/parody comedy, but its still a good little film, good fun.
December 10, 2012
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Kevin James' commitment to the roll and its funniest moments are enough to enjoy this charming, silly film.
March 31, 2012
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August 12, 2011
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    1. Paul Blart: Safety never takes a holiday.
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    1. Paul Blart: I believe in magic!
    – Submitted by Mikhael M (2 years ago)
    1. Stuart: Peanut Blart and jelly! What, what, what's up, man?
    – Submitted by Andrew T (2 years ago)
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