Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Blu-ray Review
Some sequels are better off not being done. PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 is a prime example of this. The first film was a surprise box office smash, so naturally they try to recapture the magic there. They fail. The first movie wasn’t good either, but it had its moments. The same can’t be said here. It is just an endless stream of bad comedy.
Several years had passed since the crazy events of the first film. In the meantime, Amy (Jayma Mays) had divorced him after six days. His beloved mother (Shirley Knight) got run over by a milk truck. These are two red flags already for me. The relationship between Amy and Paul (Kevin James) was a sweet one and could have been explored further. Having the mother die like that was a bit crass and not even funny in a visual way because they telegraphed it from a mile away. This is what you are in for in this film.
Paul’s daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) gets accepted UCLA, but doesn’t tell her father because he is a mess with all the bad stuff that has happened to him. But things seem to be picking up for Paul when he’s invited to a security officers trade association convention in Las Vegas. The setting of Vegas is twofold. The film got a nice tax break and Steve Wynn got to show off his resort and casino. It probably is as simple as that.
Paul meets others in the security business. Donna Ericone (Loni Love) lets it slip that there is a surprise keynote speaker and she thinks Paul is it. This information emboldens Paul and makes him act like an entitled jerk. The general manager of the hotel Divina Martinez (Daniella Alonso) alerts him that his room has been upgraded and he thinks she is hitting on him. This delusion affects Divina in ways later on that are highly improbable.
The main bad guy here is no other than Neal McDonough. He is not known for being in comedies, so he does seem to be having some fun here. His character is Vincent Sofel and he’s there to steal some art from the hotel including a famous piece by Vincent Van Gogh. There’s not much to this storyline. His people do various things to distract the security personnel to pull off the heist. Another storyline involves Maya falling for the valet Lane (David Henrie) and breaking away from her father. What would you guess that these two somehow get tangled with the bad guys?
Paul gets alerted by Maya that she’s in trouble. This puts him in hero mode where he excels. The humor of PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 mostly involve Kevin James running into something, falling down or just having issues that take too long to get resolved. Let me point out a few of these wacky scenes. He goes into a room and fights with a bird for a few minutes, while a guy plays some soft piano notes. Early on he spots a segway and he’s showing off his skills in front of hotel personnel and fellow security people. What do you think will eventually happen there? He has all sorts of problems opening up a Hersey kiss. This passes for comedy. The movie repeats these things over and over and over again. You may chuckle at the first time Paul falls down and looks silly. After like the tenth time, you are immune to these supposed charms. It’s overkill.
PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 fails as a comedy in so many ways. Hopefully this is the last we see of this character and this series.
Video: Las Vegas didn’t get showcased that much since the film took place mostly inside. The Wynn did get a decent plug.
Audio: I did have issues at times with the sound.
Gag Reel (7:42): This is mostly the cast flubbing their lines.
Deleted Scenes (4:15): There are six scenes in all. Nothing really noteworthy occurs in any of the scenes.
Security Force: The Cast of Paul Blart 2 (4:55): This is a short feature that talks about the cast.
Action Adventure (5:57): Action sequences are discussed including the scene on top of the hotel.
Back in the Saddle: This is a short feature about the segway.
How to Make a Movie (4:12): The director goes around introducing people working behind the scenes.
Le Reve (4:49): The popular show is talked about and how it played out in the movie.
No Animals Were Harmed (2:13): A puppet was used when Paul was attacked by a bird.
Sales Tactics (3:27): An actor goes through a sales scene over and over.
Real Cops (1:16): The real cops from the film talk badly about Paul. This is yet another nothing feature among the extras.