Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)
Friday 20 March 2009
Coming from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production stable, this family comedy initially had me assuming the brace position.
By the end one feels better than expected, chiefly because Kevin James makes a more endearing – and vastly more amusing – funny man than Sandler ever will. James plays the eponymous Blart, a lardy lummox who can't make it as a real cop so pursues his security duties in a New Jersey mall with absurd officiousness. Unlucky in love, he gets his chance to impress shopowner Amy (Jayma Mays, a living Barbie) when a gang of skate-rat thieves take over the mall; soon Blart is performing inept commando rolls and giving the villains a soft Bruce Willis-style runaround – not so much Die Hard as Dough Hard. There's one very good visual gag involving those security-tape queues you get in airports, and James is quite winning as the tubby have-a-go hero. But let's not go nuts over it, otherwise they'll insist on a sequel.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
Arts & Ents blogs
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
- 1 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 4 Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
- < Previous
- Next >