‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ has just hit theaters and the reviews are in: Were critics charmed by Kevin James? Um, not so much!
In Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Kevin James reprises his role as the clumsy but lovable mall cop which he originated in the 2009 film. In this followup film, which opens on Apr. 17, Paul heads to Las Vegas where he (and his signature moped) continue to fight crime. Now that the reviews for the sequel have all poured in, the critical consensus has been gathered– and it is rough. Check out some of the most brutal reviews!
‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ Reviews
Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony’s reputation than the release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline.
Despite the fact that she’s featured prominently in the credits, two-time Oscar nominee Shirley Knight disappears within the first few minutes of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, with her character being unceremoniously run over by a milk truck. Lucky her. Audiences forced to sit through this belated sequel to 2009’s surprise hit Kevin James comedy will not be as fortunate.
This is a movie that features a recurring punchline about hypoglycemia, and another about how beautiful women (here, Daniella Alonso) fall for Blart because he’s such an arrogant, dismissive jerk to them. One elderly woman gets run over by a truck, another gets punched in the stomach.
In a film this reliant on slapstick, it’s disappointing how much of the physical comedy isn’t physical at all, but computer-generated, or at least augmented. In one scene, Blart is kicked by a horse into the side of a car, though as far as I could tell, none of those three objects was actually present for the stunt. Seeing Blart being kicked by a horse into the side of a car for real would go a long way towards restoring a sense of cosmic balance.
Yikes, looks like Kevin and his lil’ scooter have run their course with critics.
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— Casey Mink