Paul Blart: Mall Cop
- Director:Steve Carr
- Cast:Bobby Cannavale, Kevin James, Shirley Knight, Keir O'Donnell
- Release Date:March 19, 2009
- Running time:90 minutes
- Film Worth:$8.00
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Comedian Kevin James has finally checked out of his role as Doug Heffernan on the long running television series The King Of Queens. After nine seasons, the rotund star has moved onto the bigger screen, recently appearing in the comedies Hitch and I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry. As well as starring in his latest effort, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, James has co-written this lame comedy along with former (occasional) The King Of Queens writer Nick Bakay. The pair has stuck to a tried and tested formula. In terms of character development, Paul Blart is Doug Heffernan...an amiable, happy-go-lucky, easy going, working class lug stuck in a boring, mundane, thankless job.
Steve Carr (Daddy Day Care) directs the story of Paul Blart (James), an overweight, hypoglycaemic shopping mall security officer who has aspirations of becoming a New Jersey cop. Dedicated to his job but not entirely happy, Blart wanders the shopping mall on his electronic scooter, being the all round nice guy that he is...he's attentive, friendly and courteous to all customers and shoppers. But one day, whilst on duty, a group of robbers storm the mall, and shut the complex down with the intention of stealing thirty million dollars from the credit card machines.
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: running into things, food jokes, falling over etc. Over the course of the film, this gets stretched out and feels repetitive and ultimately makes for a mediocre comedy.