Steve Carr, director of DADDY DAY CARE and ARE WE DONE YET?, has produced an utterly disposable, utterly ridiculous family action movie that succeeds purely because of the innate like-ability of Kevin James. James plays a love-able loser: fat, hypoglycemic, lame sense of humour, but a heart of gold. The audience wills him to win at every turn, whether that means getting the girl of his dreams, putting down the obnoxious watch salesman, or foiling the robbery that's taking place in his mall. The action is tame, the humour tamer, but the movie is surprisingly watchable and you can't but help have a smile on your face at the end. It's no INDIANA JONES, but for a harmless afternoon family DVD session, perfect.
PAUL BLART: MALL COP opened earlier this year in the US, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, Australia and Singapore, the UK, Egypt, the UAE, Iceland and Spain. It opens on April 9th in Portugal; on April 17th in Belgium, Brazil and Romania; on April 23rd in Kazakhstan, Russia and Sweden; and in Estonia on July 10th.