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Paul Blart: Mall Cop


In Columbia Pictures' comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Kevin James' slapstick comedy will amuse older tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that since this slapstick comedy is set in a mall, it features a tremendous amount of consumer/product integration. As a result, almost every scene includes a real mall store or restaurant. There are lots of humorous pratfalls -- but the criminals also threaten to kill people and use guns, and there are a few explosions. Several jokes target the obese (including the main character). The language is mostly confined to insults (though there's at least one use of "s--t," as well as a couple uses of "hell," "ass," and "oh my God"), and the sexuality is limited to flirting, a kiss ... and an extended scene set in Victoria's Secret.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether the movie's mall setting makes its brand/product placement more or less obvious. Are all of the stores and brands distracting, or are they just part of the scenery? Do you think that has more or less impact than other kinds of product placement?
  • Families can also discuss the appeal of "underdog" heroes. What makesPaul an underdog? How does he overcome the odds?
  • The movie makesseveral references to his weight, as well as featuring sight gags aboutobese women. Is it OK to poke fun at some groups but not others? Why orwhy not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: James makes a funny, likeable doofus, and the expansion of his girth since his hit sitcom The King of Queens is used to great comic effect.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

really stupid, only a few funny parts. C-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 23, 2010

1 star

Ugh. It was a whole lot of fat guy falling down "laughs". But i didn't even laugh once. i wanted to think it was good, but it was mostly just boring.

- theylovealexis, Monday, July 19, 2010

0 star

This is the film that Observe & Report got so well. Paul Blart is a failed comedy and it's dimwitted storyline is pathetic and stupid. For mall cop comedies, check out Observe & Report. Kevin James is a terrible actor and comedian, and Paul Blart only provides more proof to that effect. This is a comedy that fails to deliver on the laughs right from the get go. I laugthed twice during it's lentgh and felt cheated when the film was over. A terrible film with barely any laughs. Kevin James is a comedian to avoid, he needs to get on a treadmill instead of in front of a camera. What a waste of Celluloid this film was.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, July 15, 2010