Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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Not as bad as the IMDB/Tomatometer ratings would imply. Anyway, it mostly worked for me.

Kevin James is Paul Blart, Mall Cop. He has ambitions of being a real New Jersey State Trooper, but his hypoglycemia prevents him from completing the required obstacle course. So he's pretty much resigned to being all he can be at the local shopping center. Of course, he has eyes for the beautiful Amy, proprietress of a hair-extension kiosk.

Reality intrudes in the form of a Black Friday takeover by a cadre of thugs. Do they take Amy hostage? Yes. Is Blart the only person who can thwart the heist? Yes. Does he prevail and get the girl in the end?

Well, how many of these movies have you seen?

We won't pretend that this movie is sophisticated or subtle, but I laughed throughout, even though I knew pretty much exactly what was going to happen, all the way through. Kevin James is an appealing comic actor, great with physical comedy, and he plays, pretty much, his Doug Heffernan character from "The King of Queens" here. Nothing wrong with that!

Last Modified 2012-10-05 4:19 PM EST