No one goes into the theatre for PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 for anything but some light laughs and great physical comedy from Kevin James.
I'm not expecting deep thinking, suspense or brilliant writing, but I am expecting more than this tired sequel delivers.
The first 20 minutes is 100% laugh free as it mechanically tees up a reason for Blart to attend a security guard convention in Las Vegas.
Once the film gets to Las Vegas, it definitely picks up steam and starts getting a few laughs, usually around the portly Blart steering himself into the path of a car, a horse or a window.
When he falls into a plan to steal the art from the Wynn resort and he and his daughter are suddenly in the middle of the heist, I probably don't need to say anything more and you will know virtually every plot point of the last hour.
James can be a VERY funny man. While his gifts as a physical comedian are on display here and generate some good chuckles, the script gives him and the entire cast very little to work with.
Long stretches are painfully unfunny, but you have to give James credit for finding some good belly laughs around a fight with a large exotic bird in the Wynn gardens and an unfortunate habit of passing out with low blood sugar.
If you have young children, this is a GREAT family film with no swearing and only comic violence (save Blart's Mom getting hit by a milk truck). Young kids will LOVE this and laugh themselves silly.
If your age has two digits, you'll probably find less to amuse yourself.
Half as funny as the surprisingly witty original box office hit, Blart 2 trips and falls its way to a C-. This is one case where what happens in Vegas REALLY should have stayed in Vegas.