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'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' might work if it was actually funny
'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' might work if it was actually funny

You can take the cop out of the mall, but you can’t take the mall out of the cop. Or so says “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” the noisy, scattershot if energetic follow-up to the 2009 hit starring hefty jokester Kevin James. Although there have been worse sequels -- and worse overall movies -- make no mistake, that’s hardly a recommendation. For the uninitiated, New Jersey security maven Blart is, as one character here affectionately dubs him, “a strange, misshapen superhero.” He’s also such a whirling dervish of delusional dopiness that it’s tough to buy into those rare moments when the big guy actually has a cogent thought. To justify the...

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