By Chris Nashawaty
Updated May 13, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
Richard Cartwright

The latest cookie-cutter comedy to come off Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production line, Paul Blart: Mall Cop is essentially one fat joke strung out for an hour and a half. Former King of Queens lug Kevin James pratfalls his way onto the big screen as a Segway-riding security guard who deep down knows he’s a powerless loser, but dreams of being a heroic New Jersey state trooper. In the meantime, he becomes smitten with a cutie who runs a hair-extension kiosk (Jayma Mays from Ugly Betty) and gets a shot at crime-fighting redemption when a posse of goons raid the mall and take her hostage. Will he defy the odds and manage to save the day? Spoiler alert: You bet. EXTRAS include a few deleted scenes, a surprisingly unfunny commentary by James, and just to ensure that the fat jokes keep coming, a Cinnabon coupon. C+

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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  • Steve Carr