May 10, 2015
In 2009, we were introduced to Paul Blart. He is the bumbling security guard of West Orange Pavilion Mall. By sheer accidental luck foils, he saves his mall from the nefarious plot of an formidable criminal organization.
Now in 2015, Blart is down and out from familial losses. But things turn around when he was given a trip to Las Vegas to attend the convention for security guards. Blart's overactive paranoia and clumsy awkwardness gets him into more trouble than he bargained for as he encounters another criminal gang in the very hotel where Blart was checked in.
As expected, this is a film where you check your brain in at the door before you go in to watch. It is slapstick and lowbrow humor all the way. There are times when you will cringe and be embarrassed for Blart for his crazy nonsensical ideas. There are many times when you will be scratching your head as to what the point of certain scenes are because the "joke" simply fail to fly. I think the worst one is that very long scene with the crowned crane bird which was totally unfunny.
The only reason why the first movie succeeded and even had this sequel was most likely because of the good-guy everyman appeal of actor Kevin James. James has imbued the character of Paul Blart with such goodwill, such that however stupid or crazy the things we see him do, we know deep down this guy's heart is in the right place, and all he wants to do is help. Whenever we see him ride that Segway, we root for him to get the bad guy. I do not know why being hit by car or kicked by a horse can be funny, but those gags make this guy Blart the superhero of security guards.
As a side story, we see Paul Blart dealing with his teenage daughter Maya. She has been accepted to UCLA, but cannot bring herself to telling her over-protective dad. It was just unfortunate that the young actress who played Maya, Raini Rodriguez, as spunky as she was, did not really share a good chemistry with Kevin James in this movie. Even though Rodriguez also played Maya six years ago as a child, now they look too different to be convincing as father and daughter.
Overall, this may be a film you'd like to watch on a lazy afternoon for some deliberately shallow feel-good time watching an underdog win. But then again, if you are easily annoyed with inane senseless comedy, you should probably give this a miss. 3/10.