Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 movie full length review - Surprisingly a lot better than the original, and that was a surprise too.
The Paul Blart movies are the kinds of movies you don't want to admit have any redeeming qualities, but they do.
Nobody who sees a movie like this should be expecting a Marx Brothers masterpiece or something on the scale of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Network," "National Lampoon's Animal House," or "The Blues Brothers," but the way many critics have been talking about this movie, you'd think they just saw an idiotic Tom Green crap-flick.
Six years after his triumphant battle against the Santa's Elves Mall Robbers at West Orange Mall that brought him considerable fame, Paul Blart finds his life has shot back down into the toilet. His new wife, Amy was grossed out by the idea of having sex with him on his honeymoon, and divorced him six days after the wedding. I realize Jayma Mays was too involved with the making of "Glee," but the second movie made her character look like a selfish bitch. The next traumatic event was the death of his mom, who was hit by a milk truck, and the movie does acknowledge the fact that the use of milk trucks are few and far between these days. Nevertheless, there are people who collect them, and I've driven along the New Jersey Turnpike, and saw parts of New Jersey that look like they still use milk trucks. The Oranges are not one of those places.
On the positive side, Paul has been invited to a convention of security guards at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and Maya has been accepted for a scholarship at UCLA. However due to her father's string of bad luck, she decides to hide her acceptance letter from him. At the hotel, Maya falls head over heels for a valet driver/concierge named Lane, played by David Henrie. His feelings for her are mutual and he doesn't seem to mind the fact that she's short, pudgy and overweight like her father. I would've loved to see their relationship go a lot further. It wouldn't have to be hardcore pornographic, or anything like that. Just something suggestive and titillating. Because after Raini's heartbreaking performance in the Austin & Ally episode "Beauties & Bullies," she deserves some happiness. Maya seems determined to spend her time in Vegas living life to the fullest, like society tells teenagers they should do, while simultaneously throwing massive obstacles that prevent them from doing so.
When she stumbles on the sinister plot of Vincent Sofel (Neal McDonough) a high roller who's working on a sophisticated art theft, she tries and fails to avoid being kidnapped, all while Blart is filling in to make a keynote speech about her calling to "help someone today." And when Lane tries to look for her, he gets taken too. Paul finds out what's happening when she finally gets him on the phone, but it's too late, and it's Blart to the rescue once again. And like in the first movie, despite his weight, hypoglycemia, and overall clumsiness, he defeats the henchmen one by one, the majority of which are posing as security guards at the hotel, including some who are genuine.
The confinement of these kids could've been used as an opportunity to get them closer together, but instead they use it to try to plot their escape. Though they fail, along the way they find out a little something about the man who kidnapped them that Maya takes full advantage of towards the end. Later on, the same bad guy overhears a conversation between the would be lovers and tries to use it against her dad after he defeated many of his guards and he offers to swap the art for his daughter.
One of the crooked guards reminds me a lot of the late Warner Brothers animator Chuck Jones for some reason. The movie also tries to give false hints about two other guards that may be involved in the robbery, when in reality one of them wants to be involved with him, and the other jealously believes he's trying to take her away from him.
The movie contains some of the same gags and slapstick humor as the first. Paul inadvertently harms a creature who couldn't fight back (the dog on the street in the first one, and an old lady in the second one), gets in a fight with someone, while another person just watches (the lady in the Victoria Secret's store in the first, and the exotic crane in the second), defeating villainous female sidekicks by squashing them and not doing anything nasty to them, and helps out a little kid (the girl who can't get a shopping bag in the first one, and the lost little boy in the second). Fortunately, it doesn't show a scene where Blart tries to jam out on stage with Mini-KISS, like some trailers have suggested. What it does have is a scene where the other guards help Paul zip-line between Wynn's two casinos. The scene may include trick photography, stunt work, and/or CGI, but it's still scary as hell, even after the first time. I'm not going to lie to you people though. The primary reasons I saw this were for Raini Rodriguez, and my memories of the antics of the first movie, which at this point can't be done without Kevin James. I wouldn't bet on a third movie, but this is good enough for me.