The first ever Nerd Posse field trip was a success. Tonight DS, Colt, and I went out to the local theater in what I hope can be a new tradition for us and saw the new Kevin James comedy we were all eagerly anticipating, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. While it’s no Oscar Contender (And the Oscar goes to… Paul Blart: Mall Cop Really, C’mon.) or Best Movie of the Year, it’s one of the best times I’ve had at the movies in a long time. The story, as you may know, follows the experience of the world’s most dedicated Mall Cop, Paul Blart. Throughout Blart’s attempts at love, getting respect, and trying to move up in the ranks, he’s finally put to the test when a group of Tony Hawk-wannabes try to take over the mall, but not all is as seems. There’s way more to the plot than meets the eye. Of course, the best thing about this movie, is the comedy. If you loved or even moderately liked The King of Queens, you’ll love this movie. Kevin James is pretty much the same character but with a different job, but he does it well, and he does it funny. Several drawn out jokes about his devotion, fights, his antics taking back HIS mall and attempts at woo-ing a cart owner in the shop are downright hilarious. The movie also does great at keeping some well-placed action here and there, and while it’s never to much of an action movie, whenever it is, it never forgets what it really is-a comedy. One second Kevin James is decking a bad guy, the next he’s taking off on his segway yelling “DON’T PEE, DON’T PEE”. That my friend, is funny. It almost reminded me of a Live Free or Die Hard movie, but with Kevin James. The supporting cast is pretty good, with Blart’s daughter being especially funny. The entire movie is just a good ol’ fashioned fun time, all squeezed into a nice little 1 1/2 hour package, the perfect length for this type of movie. The only problems I could sometimes see was that at times it could get a little repetitive, and as Colt mentioned, there were some plot holes. While this may not be a perfect movie, I couldn’t see anyone going in with the right state of mind walking away disappointed. Overall, Paul Blart: Mall Cop doesn’t just serve up a good portion of comedy, it delivers the whole way, providing hilarious jokes, classic lines, and a hefty dose of fun action by the always-funny Kevin James. If you’re looking for a great comedy for a Friday night, or just a fan of Kevin James, this is your movie.
4 1/2 out of 5