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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

3 stars

What people seem to not realize is that its a spoof of Die Hard, and it works well, but maybe the beginning could have been more funny to reel people in more. The movie misses a lot of oppurtunities but still works for me.

- DreamExtractor, Sunday, March 27, 2011

3 stars

Paul Blart: You touch them; I swear I'll end you. "Safety Never Takes a Holiday" I'm not going to argue that Paul Blart is a good movie because it isn't. It's a stupid family movie. With that said, I enjoy it. There is something extremely likable about Paul; no matter how stupid a character he is. I like watching Kevin James even when his movies are horrible and I guess that means all of his movies. It appears like he's having a lot of fun in the lead role and I can say I have fun watching him scooter his way around the mall. I look at the movie as a spoof of Die Hard. In reality, this no more stupid then Die Hard was. Die Hard just had a way better villain in Alan Rickman, cool effects and of course Bruce Willis. But if you just look at the core story, it's pretty much the same thing; except in a mall instead of in a skyscraper. I'm not at all saying this is better then Die Hard; just a decent spoof of it. I know I'm in the minority in liking this movie at all. I went in expecting a stupid hit and miss comedy and that's what I got. It was enjoyable enough.

- blkbomb, Sunday, July 31, 2011

3 stars

Funny and so cute. I liked it...

- dreamfaeries, Tuesday, October 27, 2009