Segway to a bad sequel

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is one of the most embarrassing films of 2015.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is one of the most embarrassing films of 2015.

Michelle Leddon, Staff Reporter

The sequel to the 2009 hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop has officially rolled into theaters, filled with poor acting, strange plotlines, and approximately 25 jokes about body weight.

This time Paul Blart has left his hometown of New Jersey to attend a convention for security guards in Las Vegas. However, things go awry as Blart must attempt to stop art thieves in the hotel he is staying in, putting his security guard skills to the test.

One of the film’s biggest flaws is definitely it’s weak story. The plotlines are often rushed, leaving viewers feeling no connection to the situations the characters are in, aside from the title character himself. Even with a 94 minute running time, the film felt too long thanks to such awkward pacing.

Poor Kevin James may be the star of the film, but he certainly isn’t exactly hilarious. The material James was given to work with did not seem to stretch him as an actor and he was often the butt of many jokes regarding his size, making it seem as if he is not good for anything else. In addition, Raini Rodriguez was simply awful as Maya, Blart’s conflicted and confident college bound daughter. The only redeeming quality that the two have is the rare moments when they seem to have father-daughter chemistry. Aside from those two, the film is overflowing with what feels like way too many side characters played by actors such as Daniella Alonso and Neal McDonough.

The film is laughably terrible. There are often shocking moments as the audience is forced to watch Blart cope with one ridiculous situation after the next, but it gets exhausting very quickly. This movie is a segway accident you just can’t look away from.