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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirtations and allusions to sex.
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Mild -- mostly exclamations along the lines of "sweet mama!" etc.
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Products & Purchases
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).
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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!). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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