Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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More slapstick humor; strongest appeal for Kevin James fans.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Open communication is key to a positive parent-child relationship. Also, loving what you do is more important than any accolades. But also jokes at the expense of the overweight and the elderly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Blart and his daughter have a caring relationship, even if he is ridiculously overprotective. He's also very dedicated to his job and takes his responsibilities extremely seriously. On the other hand, jokes are made at others' expense, especially characters who are overweight.

Violence

Some gunfire, plus fights with posturing and shoving and the occasional use of non-lethal weapons like stun guns. Most of this is played for laughs, but it's still clear that the villains are out to kill Blart and his fellow guards. His daughter and her friend are physically threatened. A bird attacks a man, and vice versa. He also accidentally hits an elderly woman. Two characters are shown being hit by vehicles. A man is Tasered. Lots of pratfalls.

Sex

Some flirtations and allusions to sex.

Language

Mild -- mostly exclamations along the lines of "sweet mama!" etc.

Consumerism

Vegas signage everywhere; Steve Wynn's hotel, where Blart is staying, gets particularly big play. Other brands used/seen/mentioned include Segway, Coca-Cola, Sony (everywhere), Toyota, MGM, Dave & Buster's, Cinnabon, Yamaha.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking (including casino scenes); in one scene, young people, including a high school senior, are at a party where people are drinking (the girl doesn't partake).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop dishes up more of the same slapstick-y, cheesy silliness that was in the first one (as well as a fair bit of heart, especially in the form of Paul's dedication to his job and his relationship with his daughter). Also similar to the first one? All of the product placement -- there are signs, stores, and name-brand stuff everywhere. And the fat jokes. And the cartoonish violence -- expect tons of pratfalls, as well as fist fights and battles involving non-lethal weapons. There are also tenser moments when characters' lives are in danger and when guns make an appearance. A high school senior attends a party where underage kids are drinking (she doesn't), but there's not much in the way of language or sexual content (some flirting and allusions to sex -- but no Victoria's Secret scene this time!).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypringlemcfry April 24, 2015
Adult Written byPaulblart April 24, 2015

Why are you not at the movie now?

There are a lot of funny moments where you will laugh your socks off in some scenes the plot was amazing and you did not have to watch the first movie to unders... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 17, 2015

Very funny,but very dumb comedy is violent and entertaining.

Even though I have not seen the first movie I still wanted to see this movie because I thought it would be funny. The movie takes place when Paul Blart goes to... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy April 20, 2015

Better than #1

Critics hate this film for some reason. Hop off, its meant for kids and is not even a bad film. Its not as inappropriate as the first. Loosen up and go see it,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Paul Blart (Kevin James) is at it again, this time in Las Vegas, where he and his high school senior daughter, Maya (Raini Rodriguez), are visiting while Blart attends a security convention. Rumor has it that he'll finally be recognized by his peers for his derring-do at his New Jersey mall six years ago. He could really use the break: His wife has left him, and his mother was run over by a milk truck. But it looks like Blart may have to wait for another moment in the sun, as he soon discovers the attendees aren't there to see him after all. Meanwhile, a thieving art collector (Neal McDonough) has made the convention's hotel far more inhospitable to Blart and his colleagues than they ever bargained for.

Is it any good?

No new ground is broken in PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, and no real, authentic comedic gold is mined. That said, James is delightfully down-to-earth and game for the movie's brand of fun, which makes it decently entertaining to watch if you're in the right mood/mindset. A side plot about his soon-to-be empty nest is somewhat heartwarming, but there's really not much to make it memorable. And it flirts with offensiveness -- there are jokes at the expense of the elderly and the overweight, and Blart's overprotectiveness borders on the unhinged overprotectiveness -- but it's so flimsy that it ultimately doesn't have the weight (no pun intended) to offend. Were it not for James, the movie would be an absolute pass.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all of the brand/product placement in the Paul Blart movies. Is it distracting, or is it just part of the scenery? Do you think that has more or less impact than other kinds of product placement? How can you teach your kids to understand when something is an ad?

  •  The movie makes several weight-based jokes. Is it OK to poke fun at some groups but not others? Why or why not? How can media affect kids' body image?

  • Is Paul's dedication to his job something to be admired, or is the movie making fun of him? Or both? What makes him an underdog? How does he overcome the odds? What is the movie saying about the nature of success?

  • How does the movie portray Paul's relationship with his daughter? Is he a good dad? Are his emotions about her going away to college soon understandable, even if they're played for laughs?

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