Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Theatrical Release: January 16, 2009
Paul Blart: Mall Cop


In Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey’s most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day.

Dove Review

Kevin James is funny as Paul Blart, the mall cop who takes his job very seriously. He is courteous and helpful but has no problem in flagging down a senior citizen who is going a bit too fast in the mall in his motorized wheelchair. He also tries to look “sexy” when he sends a video to a dating website with him doing simple chores and riding his auto cycle. The movie has its funny moments to be sure. It also features a bit of romance as Paul has his eyes on a woman named Amy, who is very sweet and works at a kiosk in the mall, selling hair pieces. Paul even buys one which is humorous itself.

Blart is forced to go above and beyond the call of duty when a group of rebels take over the mall with guns and motion sensors in an attempt to get some fast money and flee the country. Unfortunately for family viewers, the film features a curse in which one character tells another to “Go to H___” and Dove never awards our Seal to a film which includes this curse. It’s too bad. Had it not been for that, the film would have been awarded the Dove Seal for ages twelve and above. It is a near-miss.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing; a double entendre or two.
Language: Go to H-1; H-3; G/OMG-9; A-5; "Eat me" comment-1; S*ck-1
Violence: Comical violence with Paul against some bad guys in the mall; characters fall through window sand breaking glass; bad guys tote guns at the mall; gun held on man; people knocked out with punches and an oxygen tank; explosions; man head butts another man; man beat up and forced into tanning booth; bad guys chase good character.
Drugs: Drinking at bar; one character becomes drunk and acts a bit crazy and falls through a glass window but he is ok.
Nudity: Girl in short skirt seen on video arcade; shirtless man; cleavage.
Other: Not shown but a dog is heard yelping when a character hits it with an auto cycle; man calls another man "fat".


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Kevin James and Nick Bakay
Director: Steve Carr
Producer: Doug Belgrad
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter