In my book (for what that’s worth) any film that has any kind of association with Adam Sandler is nine times out of ten crap. The second go around at Paul Blart is advertised as a comedy for the entire family. I would agree with that if you are a family that revels in watching each other being tortured or just doesn’t have very high standards when it comes to films. Harsh? I don’t think so, but I do think that someone has to take a stand and speak out against the multitude of films that are released nowadays that are basically an insult to your intelligence. A line has been drawn in my movie watching sand.
Six days after their wedding Paul Blart’s (Kevin James – Hitch, Grown Ups) wife decides she has made a mistake and files for the dissolution of their marriage. Soon after Paul’s mother, who he dotes on, is run over by a milk truck. Things are not going well, but at least he has his job as security at a mall and his beloved daughter, Maya (Raini Rodriguez – Paul Blart: Mall Cop). Feeling like she cannot leave him alone, Maya does not tell her father that she has been accepted to UCLA.
Paul gets invited to the Secutiry Officers Trade & Awards Show in Las Vegas. He and his daughter go. They check into the Wynn Hotel at the same time as a shady character named Vincent Sofel (Neal McDonough – Minority Report, Flags of Our Fathers), who turns out to be a high end art thief. Too busy keeping his eye on his daughter and being upset that he’s not the keynote speaker takes up the majority of Paul’s time. The criminals have a plan to steal a bunch of high priced art from the hotel.
Things start looking up for Paul when the keynote speaker (Nicholas Turturro – from television’s NYPD Blue) gets drunk and he is asked to fill in. Just before he finds this out he and Maya get into a big fight about her going to UCLA. Maya misses his speech, but while at a party with hotel employee Lane (David Henrie – from television’s How I Met Your Mother) she accidentally witnesses the criminals in the midst of the heist. She and Lane are taken by them. When Paul figures out what is happening it is mall cop to the rescue – in his own unique way.
The best part of this film is Saturday Night Live alum, Ana Gasteyer’s hair. Love that big, crazy, hairsprayed to within an inch of its life do. It is all downhill from there. That is not a glowing review about a film saying that the best part is one of the minor character’s hair. But my mom always used to say if you cannot say anything nice do not say anything at all. Thank God I didn’t listen to her in this instance or else I would not be able to write half the reviews I do.
Understanding that this is a take-off of action films does not make watching it any better. I can see what director Andy Finkman was going for, but he doesn’t get there. Not even close. To do something like that you not only have to mock action films, you have to do it with some semblance of intelligence and there is precious little of that to be found here. Silly and verging on stupid moment after silly moment takes place with little to no relief. The film tries too hard and the jokes mostly miss the target. That leaves nothing else to enjoy really. Kevin James has to learn that King of Queens worked not because he was a buffoon (like he is in this and other pictures), but because he was kind of like a Fred Flintstone or Ralph Kramden. Meaning they weren’t idiots trouble just seemed to find them.
Shame on you Kevin James! And the same goes for you Andy Finkman (You Again, Race to Witch Mountain – 2009)! You can do better than this. Well, looking at director Andy Finkman’s roster of films, maybe not, but Kevin James you were great in King of Queens. You are a decent comedic actor. No need to scrap the bottom of the barrel like this.
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