Andrew Branca

MOVIE REVIEW

Kevin James and I have a lot in common. We both are big guys, we love pie and we are not afraid to be who we are. James’ humor is the kind that everyone can relate to on some level or another because we have each been there.

When I went and saw “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” last weekend, I could not stop laughing. If you’re wanting to see a film that is an intellectual comedy, don’t waste your time. This is not a British comedy where they make tasteful jokes about society or relationships. This is a type of film that you go to unplug your brain, no thinking required. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

Kevin James is most well-known for his role as the package delivery guy, Doug Heffernan, from the television show “The King of Queens.” That same humor and energy is delivered in the main character of Paul Blart.

With most films, the simple plot is the best and this is especially true for comedies. A great example of this is the TV show, “I Love Lucy,” which ended its run in 1957 but is still watched and enjoyed by millions of people today. 

The film centers around Blart, who’s goal is to become a state trooper but fails. So he goes back to the mall where he has been working security for the last 10 years. Even though his job does not get a lot of respect from shoppers, Blart walks tall and is proud of his position as guardian. He reflects this by saying, “Safety never takes a holiday.” Just as the mall is closing, bandits take it over in an attempted robbery. So it is up to Blart and his one-man army to fight back.

What is the quickest route between two points? The answer is a straight line and Paul Blart does that with its very physical humor. One of the scenes that demonstrates this is when Blart is leaving for work on his segway and a dog starts to chase him.

The movie is rated PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor and language.

If you want to see something that is a little corny, but will leave a smile on your face then by all means go see this. Also don’t be afraid to take the kids to the theater. Some of the best comedy I saw when I was a kid was “The Three Stooges” – and it didn’t warp me.

E-mail Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com