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.