Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions, Hey Eddie,

Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso, Neal McDonough, David Henrie

Paul Blart (Kevin James) is back. Since we last saw him at the heroic crime bust at the mall, he has gotten married (for 6 days) and divorced, and become somewhat of a recluse. He still does his job, but it seems to have taken a lot out of him and he’s pretty down. But he’s invited to the security guard convention at the Encore in Las Vegas, and rumor has it that he’s going to be the keynote speaker. So that picks him up as he and his daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) head out to Vegas for a fun time. But Maya is hiding a secret from her Dad, and between the two of them they figure somethings wrong. Turns out a huge robbery is in progress and it’s up to Paul and his security guard buddies to get to the bottom in this comedy sequel to the original Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

The critics killed this movie. It’s available very cheaply on Amazon. But, perhaps there’s no one on the planet that has the taste in movies like me, cause I really enjoyed it. Am I a fan of Kevin James? Well not really, but I think the Paul Blart character is lovable and inept, but with such a big heart that he’s really likeable. I guess one thing that tickled me a lot was the fact that it was filmed in the wynn and Encore hotels in L.V. on site, and I am very familiar with the location. We had a birthday celebration with my daughter on her 21st birthday and stayed at the Encore, so the locations, the buffet, the pool, the rooms, the casino, the gardens, etc. were all very recognizable. This added a lot to the reality of the film since it was such a good attempt at making it real. There were even some scenes inside the wonderful La Reve show that I have watched twice and really enjoyed. Yeah, Paul is Beverly Hillbillies/Green Acres funny, down home good ole slapstick and pratfalls, and some people can’t deal with that anymore, but somehow I enjoy that kind of mindless humor. I like Paul Blart, and I felt bad when things went badly for him, and I was proud and happy when he did good too. Not nearly as stupid and silly as Dumb and Dumber, but on the same wavelength in a way. It is adventure and suspense and the crime part was somewhat believable and credible, so it was a real situation, although exaggerated for comedic effect. Kevin had some good backup players, the most misfit gang of partners I think I have ever seen, but the have each other’s backs. This may be the anti-Ocean’s Eleven, now that I think of it. I felt this was a harmless adventure through the lights and glamor of Sin City, and I really enjoyed it from start to finish. I recommend this comedy to anyone who wants to have a light evening of laughs and enjoyment and a visit to Vegas. Nice job.

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