D: Andy Fickman / 94m
Cast: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Neal McDonough, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso, David Henrie, D.B. Woodside, Nicholas Turturro, Gary Valentine, Ana Gasteyer, Loni Love, Shelley Desai, Shirley Knight
INTERIOR. DAY. THE OFFICE OF MICHAEL LYNTON, CHAIRMAN & CEO OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT. THE OFFICE DOOR OPENS. HIS SECRETARY COMES IN.
SECRETARY: You’ve just had a call from Kevin James.
LYNTON: Okay. What was it about?
SECRETARY: He said he had a great idea for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 3.
LYNTON: Have you seen Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2?
SECRETARY: No, I haven’t.
LYNTON: Well, pray you never have to. And after we pass on number three, pray no other studio picks it up instead.
SECRETARY: Is 2 that bad?
LYNTON: Bad? It makes Zookeeper look like it should have won Best Film at the Oscars.
SECRETARY: Okay, that is bad. What shall I say if he calls back?
LYNTON: (thinks for a moment) Tell him I’ve died – No, that won’t stop him. No, tell him we’re only making horror movies from now on. And pray he doesn’t come up with an idea for one of those instead.
SECRETARY: Got it. Will do.
LYNTON: Hell, I wish he would.
THE SECRETARY LEAVES. LYNTON GETS UP FROM HIS DESK AND WALKS TO THE WINDOW. HE LOOKS OUT AND SHAKES HIS HEAD REPEATEDLY IN A WEARY, RESIGNED MANNER.
Rating: 3/10 – so bad you wish you could forget it the moment you see it, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is an appalling, unfunny mess that mistakes pratfalls for the height of humour, and makes continually desperate attempts to inject real mirth into proceedings; an early front runner for Worst Sequel of 2015.