Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
Are there biblical examples of depression and how to deal with it? Answer
What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? Answer
Fear, Anxiety and Worry… What does the Bible say? Answer
I’m ugly. Why was God so unfair to me this way? Answer
|Featuring:||Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale, Erick Avari, Peter Gerety, Shirley Knight, more »|
“Are We Done Yet?,” “Rebound,” “Dr. Dolittle 2”
|Producer:||Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions, Adam Sandler, more »|
|Distributor:||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
“Safety never takes a holiday”
Sequel: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (2015)
Paul Blart (played by Kevin James) is a security guard for a mega-mall, or as he calls himself “Officer.” He is the proverbial underdog. He passes the written test for State Trooper, but collapses (due to hypoglycemia) right before the finish line on the obstacle course. He still lives with his mom, but was married for a short time and has a daughter, Maya (Raini Rodriguez). Maya’s mom was an illegal alien and stayed just long enough to become a citizen. Paul has a lonely life and “fills the cracks of his heart” with food. The only bright spot in Paul’s lonely existence is Amy (Jayma Mays). She works at a kiosk in the mall, and Paul is clearly smitten with her.
Paul is preparing for “Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year. However, the “mall elves” working in Santa’s workshop have other plans for “Black Friday.” They take over the mall, kick everyone out, except a few hostages (Amy and Maya among them), and work at getting credit card security codes. Of course, Paul is locked in the mall and, on his home turf, is able to fight off the bad guys.
Of course, if this is a movie about mall takeovers, expect violence. Most of the violence is comedic. Paul crashes into a mini-van riding his Segway. Mall security guards don’t have guns, so Paul must improvise, and as he does brings laughs to the audience. In one scene, Paul gets in a fight with a woman shopper. As they fight, her midriff is exposed, and you see her bra. Paul uses the mini-van to crash out of the mall. Several explosions occur. The bad guys have guns and shoot at Paul, and threaten the hostages, and one mentions “a bullet in the head.” Paul falls off the roof of a car.
Although the language is mild, there are several uses of “ass” and “hell.” A person says “eat me.” Also, “God” is used in vain several times. A bottle of hot sauce is labeled “Devil’s Crotch Hot Sauce.”
An Indian teen has his bedroom decorated with religious images. He calls his girlfriend an “angelic goddess.” The ringtone on a phone plays “My bubblegum” with suggestive lyrics. Amy sells hair pieces and extensions, and Paul asks her “Do you do men?… I mean men’s hair.”
In a bar scene, Paul has a nacho chip eating contest and eats a hot pepper. He then chugs what he believes to be lemonade (which turns out to be margaritas). Paul gets drunk and acts crazy. He makes suggestive comments to Amy (which is out of character for him). He crashes through the bar window. Later, we see a tattoo on his back, close to his buttocks. He comments, “I don’t drink.” Later we see an even larger tattoo.
Paul loves his mother and daughter. He works hard to provide for them. He takes his job very seriously. These are great qualities. He ignores when others make fun of him. He takes his own personal oath to defend the mall. He doesn’t smoke, drink (except of course, accidentally), wouldn’t fight with a women, even to defend himself, and is a gentleman.
Paul knows he can’t leave the mall with Amy hostage, but when he finds out they have his daughter, too, he has double the reason to fight. He continues on, when the race is difficult. Hebrews 11:1b-2 says “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Paul Blart runs the race with endurance, never giving up. Even when he makes mistakes or seems to fail, he picks himself back up and continues on. This is a movie that could have made Paul into a bumbling idiot, but took the high road. It sent a message that nice guys can finish first, and that even the unlikeliest person can be a hero.
I would recommend seeing this movie for about age 6-8 and up. The intent of this movie is to entertain, and it does that. It manages to send a wonderful message, too—even the nerds and fat kids have worth and can be heroes.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
Negative—In response to JM, 18 years old; I used to think the way you do, UNTIL I had a child. I too was sheltered from many of these things as a child and have made my own mistakes as a Christian. I had my daughter when I was 18, since then I have re-dedicated my life to Christ.
That said, these are NOT things that you un-shelter your children from. I would ask the question, did you parents talk to you about sex as a child? Because, THAT is where Christian guidance comes into play… NOT from being allowed to watch it (sex etc.) on TV or in movies. The change that I have made as a parent with my daughter—that my parents did not do for me—is simply talking to her about things.
My daughter at 9 years old knows enough about sex to know what it is, knows enough about what I have gone through and what she goes through (not having a dad in her life) to understand why it is so important to wait for marriage and why God tells us this. She knows the verses in the Bible that talk about sex in marriage and how it relates to her at HER level, because, I, as her Mom, have talked to her about it and explained it in a way that is understandable for a 9 year old.
Seeing this in a movie only highlights that everyone does it, so I should, too, without giving the background as to how hurtful emotionally and physically it can be to your… especially as a female. This is where you learn right from wrong.
I hope you do not take offense to this, but know that when you have a child; your whole view on this will change. You want to shelter them for as long as you can from the scary world out there, and there is nothing wrong with that. They have plenty of time to learn about it when they are adults.
Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Kristin, age 27 (USA)