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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Carr
Produced by Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Barry Bernardi
Written by Kevin James
Nick Bakay
Starring Kevin James
Jayma Mays
Keir O'Donnell
Peter Gerety
Bobby Cannavale
Adam Ferrara
Music by Waddy Wachtel
Cinematography Russ T. Alsobrook
Editing by Jeff Freeman
Studio Relativity Media
Happy Madison
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) January 16, 2009
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million
Gross revenue $227,126,523

Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American action comedy film starring Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, and Jayma Mays. It was released on January 16, 2009 by Columbia Pictures.

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Plot

Paul Blart (Kevin James) is a mild-mannered, occasionally-square, overweight security guard (or "officer" at his mind) who works at patrol in a shopping mall located at the real-life village of West Orange, New Jersey. He lives in the town with Maya (Raini Rodriguez), his daughter and his elderly mother (Shirley Knight). He also has dreams of becoming a state trooper. At the New Jersey State Police training facility, new recruits are running an obstacle course, for whoever becomes a state trooper. Despite being overweight, Blart completes almost the entire course in amazing time, but passes out at the very end from hypoglycemia before the finish line.

While on patrol at work riding his Segway PT, Blart notices a new wig kiosk and the kiosk's vendor, Amy (Jayma Mays). Back at base Blart has to take the new guy, Veck Simms (Keir O'Donnell), sent by Mall Security Chief Brooks (Peter Gerety), out on another patrol to train him. Veck watches uninspiredly as Blart pulls over an elderly man on a scooter and attempts to give him a ticket; then inadvertently makes a row between two women worse by telling a fat woman that he understands it's hard to be fat and she attacks him. At the end of Blart's shift, he becomes acquainted with Amy and gives her a ride back to her car. That night at the mall worker's party- located at the mall's tavern, American Joe's, he tries to talk to Amy but another rude pen salesman Stuart (Stephen Rannazzisi), attempting to woo Amy, informs him that he might as well give up. Veck steps forward to help Blart by stating that the man's occupation of pen salesman isn't as great, but ignores his thanks. Blart then enters an eating contest against sauce-seller Leon (Jamal Mixon), who is one of Blart's close friends. For having too much spicy pepper sauce on his nachos, Blart (who is cooling his mouth down) accidentally drinks some margarita, thinking it was lemonade. Soon, Blart gets drunk and embarresses himself in front of Amy and, after losing control, crashes in one of the pub's windows. On Thanksgiving Day, Blart realizes what he has done and starts to feel really upset, as Maya, his daughter tries to cheer him up.

On Black Friday at the shopping mall, Amy, Veck, Stuart, Leon (who gives Blart a bottle of hot sauce called "The Devil's Crotch") and other colleagues are in the bank to cash their paychecks. Blart is heading there too, but the owner of the video arcade asks him to help him close the store. While a gang full of hijackers (in the guise of "Santa's Little Helpers") suddenly break in through the service entrance and prepare to take over the mall by force, Blart is distracted by playing Rock Band in the arcade zone. The hijackers clear the mall and take Amy, Leon, Staurt, Mr. Ferguson, the arcade owner and other colleagues hostage in the bank. When Amy tells Veck, who was still standing to get down, he reveals he is the ringleader of the hijackers. Veck plans to use credit card codes to steal $30 million and fly to Cayman Islands and to take the hostages with them.

After Blart finishes the game, his borrowed cell-phone (from phone-seller, Vijay (Erick Avari) rings, and a teenage boy named Pahud calls to speak to Vijay's daughter, though Blart explains that her dad gave him the phone (as punishment to his daughter for going over her minutes), and they become quick friends. Pahud reveals he can locate the cellphone via GPS.

As Blart leaves the arcade, he is attacked by a gang-member, escapes, then calls the police (who are outside the front entrance of the mall). Police sergeant Howard (Adam Ferrara) instructs him to leave the mall immediately, but when he sees Amy's car in the parking lot, he realizes he must return back to save her and his friends. Subsequently, SWAT has arrived and Commander James Kent (Bobby Cannavale), who was a high school athlete who used to bully Blart, takes control of the situation over Howard's protests.

While Blart fights against the gang members (who use various forms of martial arts and appear to know parkour) through improvised measures (even at one point blowing up the kitchen of a Rainforest Cafe), Maya arrives to bring Paul his dinner, but she is intercepted by the henchmen and taken away to the rest of the hostages.

After Blart works his way through all of Veck's underlings, such as by crushing Vixen by falling on top of her when he is crawling in a vent and by sending Rudolph flying into a ball pit, he tries to extract the hostages, but fails and is captured. Veck demands to have the credit card codes back and Blart flings him the phone of Vijay's daughter that contains the codes. While Veck is distracted, Blart skillfully flicks some of Leon's hot sauce into Veck's eye but Blart doesn't capitalize on the distraction. Then Veck escapes with the codes and holds Amy and Maya at gunpoint.

Blart steals the mall's display minivan and chases after Veck with Commander Kent. Using GPS and Pahud's help, they track Veck to an airstrip. Veck fights Blart, ending with Blart being the victor. After Blart cuffs Veck, Kent "pulls a gun on him", revealing that he was working with Veck the whole time. Kent is about to kill Blart, but Chief Brooks shoots the gun out of his hand and Howard arrests him, saying that "his flight's been cancelled".

The next morning, Maya is proud of her father and Blart gives Amy a birthday card; Amy kisses him. Sergeant Howard offers Blart a job with the West Orange Police, but, with quick thinking, he decides that he should stay at the Mall with Amy and the rest of his friends.

During the end credits, bonus scenes show Blart and Amy getting married in the mall with Paul's family and friends there, including Pahud.

Cast

Production

Kevin James at set of Paul Blart: Mall Cop in Burlington, Massachusetts

The film began shooting in late February 2008 in Boston.[1] Principal shooting took place at the Burlington Mall in Burlington, Massachusetts after being denied a permit from Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey. From late February until mid-April, the mall and its stores were decorated with Christmas decorations, and there was a large prop ball-pit in the main foyer of the mall near the Sears branch, and a Santa's Village at the opposite end near the Macy's branch in the same place that the mall usually puts its own Santa's Village. Interior filming took place mostly at night. The South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts was the location of subsequent shooting. Airport scenes were filmed at LG Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.

Release

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Critical reception

The film received generally mixed reviews from movie critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film has a "Rotten" rating of 37%, based on 103 reviews.[2] Furthermore, another review aggregator, Metacritic, calculated for the movie a similarly low approval rating of 39 out of 100, which indicates "generally unfavorable reviews", based on 24 reviews from mainstream critics.[3] One notable exception was Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times.

Box office

Paul Blart: Mall Cop became very successful at the box office. The film ranked #1 at the domestic box office with $9,791,368 from 3,144 theaters for an opening-day average of $3,105. During the film's entire 3-day opening weekend, the film remained at #1, grossing a total of $31,832,636, with a per-screen average of $10,125, outgrossing its $26 million budget. It grossed $39,234,238 over the entire 4-day MLK weekend, for a 4-day average of $12,479. The film was the second-best opening of all-time for the MLK weekend, behind 2008's Cloverfield. The film stayed at #1 in its second weekend, grossing another $21,623,182, dropping just 32 percent, and boosting the 10-day income to $64,923,380. In its third weekend it dropped to second place with $13,872,751, a 36 percent decline from the last weekend, for an average of $4,327 from 3,206 theaters, bringing the 17-day gross to $83,247,655. In its fourth weekend, it dropped to fifth place with $10,884,825, a drop of 22 percent from the last weekend, for an average of $3,435 from 3,169 theaters, and bringing the 24-day tally to $96,886,687. In its fifth weekend (President's Day weekend), it dropped to sixth place, making another $10,983,319 over the three day span, actually increasing 1 percent, for an average of 3,704 from 2,965 theaters, and bringing the 31-day total to $109,787,819, having broke the $100 million mark on Friday February 13. Over the 4-day President's Day weekend, it made $13,574,027 for an average of $4,578, and bringing the 32-day cume to $112,388,524.[4] The film closed on Monday May 25, 2009, with a final domestic gross of $146,336,178 (the equivalent of about 20.4 million tickets with 2009's $7.18 ticket price), with the 3-day opening weekend making up 21.75 percent of the total gross (26.81 percent for the 4-day opening weekend). The film also has so far made $36,625,591 internationally, bringing the total worldwide gross to $182,961,769, against a modest $26 million budget.[5]

Home media

Paul Blart: Mall Cop was released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and UMD on May 19, 2009. The DVD sold 1,817,747 copies, making $29,411,146 USD for the week of May 24, 2009, having only been out for 6 days, and it ranked number one for DVD sales that week as well.[6] Furthermore, for the week of May 31, 2009, it again made number one on the U.S DVD Charts as it sold an additional 553,681 copies and making $9,921,964 USD for a total, to date, of 2,834,826 units sold with earnings of $46,676,902 USD as of November 1, 2009.[6] Combined with results from the Box Office and total DVD sales as of November 1, 2009, Paul Blart: Mall Cop has made a total of $227,126,523 USD.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Directed by Steve Carr
Produced by Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Barry Bernardi
Written by Kevin James
Nick Bakay
Starring Kevin James
Jayma Mays
Keir O'Donnell
Peter Gerety
Bobby Cannavale
Adam Ferrara
Music by Waddy Wachtel
Cinematography Russ T. Alsobrook
Editing by Jeff Freeman
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) January 16, 2009 (USA), March 20, 2009 (UK)
Running time 88 min.
Country United States
Language English

Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American comedy movie starring Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, and Jayma Mays. It was released on January 16, 2009, in the United States by Columbia Pictures.

Contents

Cast

  • Kevin James as Paul Blart
  • Keir O'Donnell as Veck Sims
  • Jayma Mays as Amy
  • Raini Rodriguez as Maya Blart
  • Shirley Knight as Mrs. Blart
  • Stephen Rannazzisi as Stuart
  • Peter Gerety as Chief Brooks
  • Bobby Cannavale as Commander Kent
  • Adam Ferrara as Sergeant Howard
  • Adhir Kalyan as Pahud
  • Erick Avari as Vijay
  • Jamal Mixon as Leon
  • Allen Covert as Jerky Security Guy
  • Bas Rutten as Drill Instructor
  • Jason Ellis as Prancer
  • Mike Escamilla as Vixen
  • Mike Vallely as Rudolph

Reception

The movie received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes said that 29% of critics gave positive reviews, based on 81 reviews. [1] Another website, Metacritic, gave the movie a 41/100 approval rating, based on 21 reviews from critics.[2]

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