PAUL Blart: Mall Cop 2 is a film with two halves, with the first being as boring as Adam Sandler's , and the second being energetic, humorous and uplifting. Sandler is a producer of Mall Cop 2.
Viewers would have been tearing their hair out by the time the film reaches the part where overweight Paul Blart (an endearing Kevin James) gets on his two-wheel vehicle and saves the day again.
They will have had to sit through spiel of Blart being down and out, and even kicked into submission by a peacock, before he rises from the ashes of despair to bring villains to justice.
The story of a middle-aged white guy suffering for the cards he has been dealt with in life is nothing new. But director Andy Fickman thinks it's funny to make Blart the butt of jokes and ridicule before allowing the latter to turn things over.
This sequel to the 2009 film takes place in a Las Vegas casino, where Blart is staying to attend a convention on security. He takes along his half-Hispanic daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez), who has just been admitted to UCLA but suppresses the news so it won't clash with his desire to speak at the convention.
Blart is an overly protective father, who takes offence to his plump daughter hitting it off with a handsome valet (David Henrie). The valet seems to have an enormous amount of time on his hand, inviting her for a chat by the pool and a party.
Blart is attended to by hotel general manager Divina (Daniella Alonso), a smouldering dark-skinned Latina who, unbeknownst to her, has the hots for the presumptuous hero.
Daniela's role is to be a token love interest for our hero, and also an object of desire for male viewers.
Bored viewers will be asking themselves by now: when does Blart go into action? Neal McDonough plays your usual hotel art heist mastermind, who has minions to execute his orders. He also has an allergy to oatmeal biscuits.
The minions, however, are no match for the MacGyver-like Blart, who with the help of his security-industry friends, prove a handful for the killers.
A part I liked is Maya using the skills her dad taught her to save herself and her valet friend when put in a tight situation.
2 out of 5 stars