Sunday, August 02, 2009

Flick Check: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Flick Check: Paul Blart: Mall Cop: Inane, but at least it's comfortable in its own inanity. A fat fool of mall security guard with delusions of a law enforcement career turns into Bruce Willis from Die Hard when bad guys kidnap his girlfriend and his daughter. Stupid gags ensue. Kevin James does a good job of being an overweight, good-natured, well-intentioned, hopeless loser with deadpan sincerity, but he can't carry off being an action hero, even from the standpoint of satirical absurdity. There's a good laugh or two in there, but it's not remotely worth watching unless it's 3AM and you can't sleep and you just need to zombie in front of something distracting and mindless. Blart is nothing more than what it is, which isn't much; but at least it's honest.