Richard Cartwright
Adam Markovitz
January 14, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
Wide Release Date
01/16/09
performer
Kevin James, Bobby Cannavale, Jayma Mays, Keir O'Donnell
director
Steve Carr
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author
Nick Bakay, Kevin James
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

The title of this farce about an overeager ? security guard (Kevin James) suggests a one-joke trudge. But Paul Blart: Mall Cop has a few ? surprises in store. The biggest is James, an ? unexpectedly nimble master of the face-plant, the failed jump, and the lopsided tumble. The ? former King of Queens star also proves to be a warm leading man who grounds the movie as ?it morphs into a loopy heist thriller after a promising start as something entirely ? different: a gentle comedy of suburban underachievement. B

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