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After his hypoglycemia left him falling asleep just inches away from reaching the finishing line of the New Jersey Police Academy obstacle course, Paul Blart (Kevin James) decided that the next best thing to carrying a badge and gun was carrying a badge and riding a segway as a ten year veteran in the security department at a New Jersey suburban mall.
When he isn't writing reports about how to best ease the shopper foot traffic from Macy's to the specialty stores by circumnavigating people away from the busy food court, he's trying his hardest to flirt with a beautiful kiosk employee named Amy (Jayma Mays) who senses his sweet side despite a rather bizarre early impression when he crashed his segway directly into a van while scoping her out.
Marty character who, having been dumped by his previous illegal immigrant wife who'd married him for citizenship, remains a devoted son (to Shirley Knight) and father (to Raini Rodriguez).
Bad Santa style by a group of criminals all eager to secure the credit card codes from various stores. Although he usually avoids the same type of time-suckage favored by his cohorts, when locking up the arcade that even, James lets out with a wailing version of "Detroit Rock City" on Rock Band, before he begins trying to use a friend's daughter's cell phone whose decidedly non-Blart ring-tone Rasheeda's "My Bubblegum" (download below via iTunes) provides the most cell phone laughs since McConaughey's was set to "Sometimes When We Touch" when his character was called by Stiller in Tropic Thunder.
But I digress and back to Blart-- when the mall is cleared out save for a few hostages in the bank, including Amy and later James's own daughter, Blart gets his opportunity to become the mall cop version of Die Hard's John McClaine and Stallone's Rambo by trying to outmaneuver the athletic and acrobatic team of villains, played by extreme sports icons.
The King of Queens-- and producer Adam Sandler's Happy Madison productions decided to invest in that quality following their collaboration in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, mostly Blart works as a mildly amusing roughly ninety minute diversion.
Daddy Day Care director Steve Carr who appreciated the fact that the film "was family accessible but not aimed specifically at a kids audience," while ultimately it seems like it would've played better during the holiday season of '08 to tie the events in with its release, the gentle small screen approach of the film keeps you entertained. Even though, admittedly you realize that it could've used a few more rewrites to step up the comedic mine-field that was waiting just based on the title alone.