To start off I would like to say that I didn't find many of the jokes in this movie funny at all.
The horse kick at the end was the FUNNIEST part of this movie. However, let's move on.
I have to say I did like the first one (for the most part). However, how many more shows do we need where the protagonist is a bumbling idiot who can't seem to do anything right? The things he does do right are purely by accident.
Alright, to be fair, there are a few things he can do right but those are very few.
At the beginning there is a while monologue where you find out that Paul's wife left him after 6 days and then his mom got hit by a milk truck. These two tragedies are played for laughs.
Paul's daughter gets a letter that she got accepted to college, but it's FAR away and she doesn't know how to tell her dad because he will be alone when she leaves him. That's another unnecessary plot point that they could have left out and the movie would have been better for it.
I couldn't help but compare this movie to Taken.
They both have a daughter
2. Both daughters end up getting kidnapped
3. Both protagonists go after the kidnappers
They both talk to the "bad guy" on the phone and vow that they will find them.
They both make good on their promise.
One of the biggest differences between the movies is that Bryan Mills is a trained soldier and Paul Blart is NOT! The action in Taken is REALLY good and fun to watch while Mall Cop is just people flailing around trying to hit something. It's horrible!
The first Mall Cop was ok. It was a fun idea and they ended up pulling it off pretty well. They should have stopped there, but no. They had to give us another one, but instead of capturing some (or any) of the magic of the first one, they gave us a Mall Cop who was broken and lonely. Then they brought him to Vegas and dumped him on us!
You spend the first half of the movie just sitting there waiting for something interesting to happen.
Paul's daughter flirts with the valet driver for a good portion of it
They do keep taking you to the "bad guys" so, at least you know they exist, but you have no idea what they are planning for a good portion of the movie.
This movie turns into a BAD soap opera because the general manager of the hotel, who continues to deny it for a long time until the end, falls in love with him in a really cheesy and unnecessary way.
As I said earlier, nothing too funny happens in this movie. Which is surprising.
There is one moment when he runs into a window, there is another when he gets attacked by a bird (which he provoked), there is another moment when he stumbles into a production which he was not suppose to be in, etc.
There are all these moments that are suppose to be funny, but they are not.
Trust me, DON'T see this movie. Watch Taken instead. It's MUCH better.