In the thrilling sequel to the equally engaging (OK, who am I kidding), film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop, actor Kevin James once again returns as the titular character who still seems to be riding on the coat tails of what happened in the previous movie.
Speaking of the first film, everything that happened in it is negated in the first three minutes to help set up the plot for Blart’s next adventure.
This time around, Kevin James gets to vacation in Las Vegas, I mean, Blart has to attend a security guard conference in Las Vegas. A pair of problems arise on arrival, though, as Blart’s daughter Maya (Rodriguez) is looking at moving away from home for college and a group of thieves plan to rob the fancy hotel that the convention is being held at.
It’s a different venue, a different villain, but everything else practically stays the same. Blart is a bumbling loser who keeps screwing things up but somehow gets lucky enough to take down the bad guys in ways that are supposed to be hilarious, but aren’t.
It seemed like every joke in the movie just goes for the lowest common denominator with only about 2 percent of the humor trying to be somewhat smart or witty. To make matters worse the movie actually tries to have some heart which simply doesn’t work considering some of the other material in the movie.
A transition from Blart’s mother getting hit by a truck (and being played for laughs by the way) to his daughter being worried about college does not work.
There’s not much to say about James’ performance in the movie. Most of it is based on either his figure, his social awkwardness or his unorthodox ways of thwarting the bad guys.
Speaking of the bad guys, they are the most generic bunch you can imagine. Nothing memorable, nothing unique, just your average “I’m bad and want to steal stuff.”
There were some new characters Blart meets at the convention, however, none of them offer anything more than what James is also trying to deliver. Each of the other security guards have their little quirks, but for the most part, could be cut from the film and it wouldn’t change anything.
“Mall Cop 2” is an exhausting experience. Every joke and plot point can be seen from a mile away and it makes for a forgettable picture. 1 out of 5.