Tuesday, May 19, 2009
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”
A while ago the topic of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” came up among some friends (and in fact, one of my friends actually was a mall cop many many years ago) so naturally it appeared on the ol' Netflix queue.
Bunny and I started watching the story of a mall cop who has dreams of becoming a state trooper, but can't because of hypoglycemia. The first half of the film is slow moving, quite painful and frankly, we were very close to just popping the disc out of the player and watch something more interesting, like melting ice, but because Bobby Cannavale is in the film, we decided to skip ahead to when his character showed up.
We didn't go far enough (we thought he was one of the bad guys, but it turns out he plays the captain of the SWAT team), but we did skip ahead to the start of the mall heist, the major plot of the film. And it's from this point onwards that the film became more enjoyable, as a kind of Disneyfied “Die Hard.”
In fact, if you do see this film, my advice: watch the first five minutes, then skip ahead to the mall heist. You won't miss much, and you'll be spared the really painful bits of the film.