After co-starring with Adam Sandler in 2007’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Kevin James is moving up in the world: he’s now headlining his own film! The bad news is that it doesn’t look particularly funny. In Paul Blart: Mall Cop, James plays an out of shape wanna-be police officer who is stuck working as a security guard at the local mall. But when a team of crooks barricade themselves inside the mall, Paul Blart finds himself trapped in there with them: a Die Hard-esque situation if I’ve ever seen it. Yep, he’s even crawling around in ventilation shafts, but it’s pretty clear that the majority of the jokes are of the slapstick variety.
The viral video that was released for this movie earlier in the year looked pretty lame too, and although I don’t think this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen, I have a feeling it will quickly be forgotten like recent Happy Madison production Strange Wilderness. Then again, I never would have thought The House Bunny would do as well as it did, so who knows. Paul Blart: Mall Cop hits theatres on January 16th.