Sunday, January 25, 2009
Paul Blart:Mall Cop
With an opening at #1 for the week, you know it must be January. "Blart" scored based on the popularity of comedian Kevin James in the starring role. Mr. James is a funny physical comedian and the slapstick will appeal to kids but for adults, "Blart" has little to offer. This is usually the case with January openings.
The script is not bad but the direction is flat and much of the material misses the mark. The first half of the film is spent much too long establishing the fact that Blart is a overweight, lovable loser and only comes barely to life when his beloved mall is threatened by a robbery.
Skip this one unless the kids are restless and catch up on some of December's quality films you may have missed.