This movie confused me a bit. I thought it was supposed to be a comedy but it felt more like a commercial for the Wynn Resort in Vegas. I counted, and there were approximately 7000 helicopter shots of the outside of the resort in the movie. Those shots far outnumber the laughs.
Of those, I counted four.
In this completely unnecessary sequel, Paul Blart’s life is again in shambles. Remember all the happy stuff that happened to him after the first movie? Yeah, that lasted like a week. Blart’s wife left him 6 days after the wedding, while his beloved mommy dearest was run over by a milk truck. All this is told in voice over narration, as I imagine even covering this movie in 0 calorie chocolate couldn’t make Jayma Mays and Shirley Knight reprise their roles. So Blart takes off to Vegas with his delightful daughter in tow. Of course, the Wynn hotel where they will be staying just happens to be hosting bad guy Vincent (Neal McDonough) who is planning on stealing a casino’s art treasures. Then wackiness ensues.
Really, really unfunny wackiness. Remember all the stuff that made you laugh during the first movie? Blart jumping around, doing really slow rolls and trying to look like a badass? Remember how funny that was?
Hold on to that feeling if you can, because by the end of this movie, you won’t find it funny at all anymore. All attempts at humor are made through over the top actors and over the top antics. Everything that was clever in the first movie has grown tired and tedious by the second.
I’ve honestly never been in a theater so silent. I don’t think I even heard a chuckle. I’m starting to understand why Sony elected to sneak this one out and not offer advance critic reviews. It was just plain bad.
Speaking of Sony, they managed to cram their name on just about every piece of electronics in the movie. Watches, cameras, cell phones. If there had been a pregnancy test, it would have said “Sony” on it.
Kevin James continued to play the lovable buffoon character that made him famous, but really, that character isn’t quite so loveable anymore. His ‘all time loser’ act is getting pretty tired. It would be nice to see him win one for a change.
They should have never made a sequel. It was completely unnecessary. The whole mall cop premise was funny, but you take the mall cop out of the mall and he’s just another fat tourist in Vegas. Forgettable, a little ridiculous and not watchable.
This was a poor storyline trotted about by a company who just wanted to grab as much cash from this premise that they could. The problem was they already robbed us blind in the first one. This was not a story that needed to be told twice. It was finished off quite nicely the first time around.
I don’t know what’s sadder. This movie, or Kevin James desperately trying to hold onto the last few pieces of his fading career.
We Gave it: 1 Star: Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below
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