We enjoyed 2009’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James, which made $146 million, with a budget of only $29 million. We’ve seen James in concert and he was funny and clean, a rarity for comedians these days. So we were looking forward to this sequel. However, with the film checking in at 0% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.com, we didn’t have high hopes, and let’s just say, well, it lived down to our expectations.
After six years of keeping our malls safe, the portly and self-important mall cop Paul Blart (James) is invited to a security guard convention held at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. We’re told that he is no longer married and his mom has died since we last saw him (both stories are played for laughs). So Blart and daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) take off for Las Vegas, with Maya keeping some important information from her father.
While Paul is given reason to believe that he will be asked to give the keynote address at the convention banquet, Vincent (Neal McDonough) and his crew are stealing valuable artwork from the hotel. Maya enjoys spending time with Lane (David Henrie), an employee of the hotel, much to the chagrin of her overbearing father. There is also a silly storyline about the attractive Divina (Daniella Alonso) coming on to Blart throughout the film.
The film is directed by Andy Fickman and written by James and Nick Bakay. It includes a lot of physical humor from the Segway riding mall cop, but this film is anything but funny. I found myself looking at my watch and thinking of walking out – it was that bad. As far as objectionable content, there is no sexual content or profanity included. Rather, I found the entire film objectionable due to how bad it was. Once I saw it was associated with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company I knew we were in trouble. Not even the usually likeable James can save this film. We wanted to like this film, and were hoping for a few good, clean laughs that weren’t shown in the film’s trailer, but that didn’t happen. It is currently standing at the top of our ‘Worst Films of 2015’ list. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one. It will be on video soon enough.