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Kevin James is back as Paul Blart, a Mall Cop who believes he is more important than he actually is, that was the moderately humorous gag throughout the first film and the filmmakers decided that this particular gag can sustain two feature length films, unfortunately they were very wrong.

After saving his local Mall six years ago, Paul Blart has been invited to a Security Guard convention in Las Vegas where he believes he will be honored for his work. The convention conveniently occurs at the same time as an art heist is happening in the same hotel and there's only one man brave enough to save the day....Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

His wife left him after six days of marriage, his mother was hit by a milk truck and his daughter is moving to college, the only thing Paul Blart has left is his career in security.

What's evidently clear throughout "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" is how little effort and care the filmmakers are actually putting into the film. The first film grossed a total of $186 Million worldwide on a $26 Million budget and scored a 33% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, did anyone really want a sequel? The studio and the creative team behind this lazy and intolerable 'slapstick' comedy were clearly in for a quick buck instead of providing their audience with solid entertainment.

Perhaps the worst thing about "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" is that it has no idea who its aiming to please. The comedy is too light for adults to enjoy and the story and theme of loneliness seem like a bit too much for children, so it awkwardly tries to appeal to all ages and ends up failing.

There are a couple of gags towards the beginning of the film that actually work, Blart's mother being hit by a milk truck was surprisingly funny but after that the laughs become almost non existent. The comedy is as predictable as the story in this sequel that no one asked for.

Kevin James is an 'actor' with all the right intentions, I actually thought he was one of the better aspects of the "Grown Ups" films, perhaps he works better in supporting roles because here his shtick wore out pretty fast as it did with the first film. The comedy never extends beyond Kevin James falling over and even that became boring after 15 minutes.

You're probably not interested in seeing "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" but if you were I strongly recommend giving this one a miss.


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