Sunday, April 19, 2015

Surprise! Hollywood delivers positive, clean comedy

WND   Drew Zahn reviews 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'


"Box office returns over the last few years have revealed Hollywood can make money on comedies … if they’re really, really raunchy.

"In fact, it’s getting harder and harder to see a good comedy that’s also clean enough for family fare.

"And while I won’t go so far as to call “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ a “good” comedy, it does buck the trend by being surprisingly clean, and it even includes a positive message on self-sacrifice and servanthood.

"Unfortunately, the first half (or more) of this film is spectacularly, painfully bad. The set-up to the action drags through lame jokes, tired clichés and melodramatic blech that feels very dated. Comedian Kevin James (who plays Blart) can play an outstanding secondary character (ala the film “Hitch”), but he struggles to generate laughs in a lead role.

"However … once the action begins, once Officer Blart hoists up his drooping pants and determines to save the day, " . . .

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