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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

also known as “Der Kaufhaus Cop 2,” “O Segurança do Shopping: Las Vegas,” “Segurança de Shopping 2”
MPA Rating: PG-Rating (MPA) for some violence.

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera

Moral Rating: Better than Average
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults Family Family Teens
Genre: Action Comedy Sequel
Length: 1 hr. 34 min.
Year of Release: 2015
USA Release: April 17, 2015 (wide—3,600+ theaters)
DVD: July 14, 2015
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Relevant Issues


courage / bravery / self-sacrifice

importance of obedience

don’t be covetous

love your neighbor / help others, not just yourself

overprotective parents

sinfulness in Las Vegas


Should Christians be involved with lotteries or other forms of gambling? Answer

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Featuring Kevin JamesPaul Blart
Raini Rodriguez … Maya
Eduardo Verástegui … Eduardo Furtillo
Daniella Alonso … Divina
Neal McDonough … Vincent
David Henrie … Lane
D.B. Woodside … Robinson
Nicholas Turturro … Nick Manero
Loni Love … Donna Ericone
Gary Valentine … Saul Gundermutt
Ana Gasteyer … Mrs. Gundermutt
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Director Andy Fickman — “Parental Guidance” (2012), “Race to Witch Mountain” (2009), “She's the Man” (2006)
Producer Happy Madison Productions
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Columbia Pictures
, a division of Sony Pictures

“Vegas has a new high roller”

Prequel: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009)

The bumbling, kindhearted, determined, sometimes infuriating, but always lucky security guard of the West Orange Pavilion Mall is back. Six (6) years ago on Black Friday, Paul Blart (Kevin James) thwarted a group of professional thieves at his mall, freed their hostages, including his daughter, won the heart of the girl of his dreams and became a hero. Today, though, his glory days are behind him, he stands to get the recognition he’s been waiting for when he receives an invitation to the Security Officers Trade Association Expo and Awards show in Las Vegas.

Arriving in Vegas with his daughter Maya, played with sweet charm by Raini Rodriguez, Blart quickly finds himself out of his element, alienating her in the process. Still, he tries to make the best of it, and while Blart is meeting his fellow security officers, Maya becomes fast friends with a hotel valet named Lane (David Henrie) and, unfortunately, crosses paths with Vincent (Neal McDonough), a high roller who has brought a team of thieves with him, ready to rob the Wynn Hotel.

They have taken everything into consideration, except maybe Paul Blart, whose vacation motto is “security is a mission, not an intermission.” As noted here, Paul Blart continues to dispense corny one-liners with all the seriousness that Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for, only to comedic results.

Rated PG, this is the most family-friendly mainstream film I have seen this year, but, as with virtually any film, there are still a few areas that may be of concern, especially for parents of small children.

Objectionable Content

Violence: Moderate. The film is rife with comic violence and threats of violence, but blood is never shown, and there are no fatalities. Once Blart understands the threat and begins engaging them, there is a lot of fighting and perilous situations shown, including: falling down flights of stairs, being shot at (though never hit), tasered, stabbed/electrocified lightly with a burning fork, hit/brushed by cars, kicked by a horse, pecked by a vicious bird, pelted by a sandbag shotgun and other non-lethal weapons.

A man has a strong facial allergic reaction that can easily appear disturbing to younger children, and Blart’s mother is hit by a truck. This last instance happens in the beginning of the film and, while disturbing and emotional in nature, was not depicted with any detail and was instead presented comically. Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will always contain this type of shock humor and the allergic reaction and the horse kicking are the most extreme examples in this otherwise family-friendly film.

Language: Minor. No curses are used, and God’s name is only said oncem and that is in a positive manner, when Blart says, “The Good Lord made us this way.” Rather, only curse substitutes are used, as in when Officer Donna (Loni Love in a very funny supporting role), is introduced as working at Mall of Freaking America, and when both Blart and Maya blurt out “Holy Crawfish.” So ,there is no language that will overtly offend families with children. There is a minor sexual reference about someone who “sampled the goods,” but this will most likely not be understood by younger children.

Sex/Nudity: Mild. Kissing, when shown, is brief and either in committed relationships or the innocent contact between father and daughter. The waitresses serving drinks in the casino are in cleavage baring outfits with a prolonged view of one waitress, as Blart accepts a root beer. A pool scene contains swimsuits, but they are mostly background and not the focus. A shirtless man performs in a show. The flirting between Maya and Lane remains an innocent one throughout.

Alcohol is a staple at casinos, so drinking is seen frequentlym and one of the other officers, Nick Manero (Nicholas Turturro), is seen getting ‘pass-out’ drunk. Thankfully, Paul Blart only drinks root beer and states twice, “I don’t drink.”


Obedience—Maya is torn between going away to college and staying with her dad. As do many teenagers, she both says and acts out rebellion. Like precious few, she regrets what she says and, in the end, does what her father wants her to do. This is to be commended, as are we if, despite our grumblings, we still do the will of our Father in Heaven. Should we not rejoice that God is so merciful and just at the same time?

“What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ The boy answered, ‘I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart and went. The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God!” —Matthew 21:29-31

Coveting—Being that the setting for this movie is at a Vegas hotel, gambling is naturally present, and Blart does try his hand at this once, but fails miserably, so it is not promoted. On this, the Bible speaks against the sin of coveting, and it does so extensively, while warning us repeatedly about it’s many incarnations.

“And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” —Luke 12:15

“A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.” —Proverbs 28:22

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” —Ephesians 4:28

Love Thy Neighbor—During Blart’s convention speech, he says, “If you believe the purpose of life is to only serve yourself, then you have no purpose. Help someone today.” An admonishment, followed by a command, this reverberates the parable our Lord himself gave us when he tells of the man left beaten by the side of the road, ignored by all the ‘good’ people, but is attended to by an outcast of Jewish society.

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine;, and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” —Luke 10:33-37 (Editor’s note: The parable of the GOOD SAMARITAN in Luke is probably the most misunderstood parable. What is it mainly really about? Answer)

Lastly, Blart waxes philosophical at every turn, but his most encouraging thought may be the one he begins the film with, as he says, “The road of life is always under construction. The journey is hard, but once you reach the top, the view is amazing!” Everyone strives for gain, but the Word of God tells us that, as his children, we need to set our sights on a treasure much more valuable than anything the world can offer us.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” —1 Cor. 9:24-25

After a slow start, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” becomes a campy, slapstick filled, over-the-top, ridiculous, but never boring, and occasionally hilarious film. Admittedly, there are many that cannot bear this type of humor, but, if you liked the original “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” you will likely enjoy this sequel, as I did. More appropriate than its predecessor, I recommend this for all ages.

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Mild

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—I cannot tell you the last time we laughed so much with a film. We took our 13 year old daughter and her friend, and decided to see the followup movie. The first movie was good, but this one is EXCELLENT!! It’s so appropriately written and acted. The “violence” is very non threatening, and yet there is some level of suspense. These are the types of movies our family will continue to watch. Kevin James is so funny with this antics and acting. His physical acting is so well done, it reminds me of old “Stooges” films. It’s ridculous, outlandish, and yet really enjoyable.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4
Bill P, age 53 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed it. It’s a very fun family-friendly movie. No sex, only slapstick violence. This a G movie not a PG movie. Like a lot of comedies, it has a dumb likable protagonist, however he earnestly wants to be a hero and help people. His irrational level of self confidence, which is the source of the humor, gives him the guts to be one. In modern cinema, there is pretoria of anti-heroes. I appreciate an earnest old fashioned hero. It’s not a comedic masterpiece, but it is well worth your time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
Keith Chandler, age 36 (USA)
Positive—Full disclosure: my family loved the first “Paul Blart” and have been looking forward to this one for a while. From the trailers and some of the reviews, I really thought this movie would be terrible and really didn’t go in expecting much. I was surprised at how much I laughed throughout the movie, almost as much as I was surprised at how clean the movie was. Especially considering this movie was produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, I expected almost nonstop potty humor and at least a few curse words. I don’t recall a single curse word other than “gosh darnit” or something like that. Not a single potty reference that I remember, which is UNHEARD OF in modern day comedies.

This movie rests on the shoulders of its star Kevin James. He does a lot of slapstick stuff throughout the movie: falling down, running into things, etc. No matter his mistakes, we know he’s always trying to do the right thing, and he always has a positive attitude.

Although this movie isn’t quite as good as the first “Paul Blart” (and if you didn’t like that movie, you probably won’t like this one), I hope people will see this movie, if only to encourage Hollywood to make clean mainstream movies where parents don’t have to cringe at those inappropriate scenes in most other movies today.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
Travis, age 42 (USA)

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