Shirley Knight
Review: 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is as sticky and gooey as a Cinnabon cinnamon roll, a snack the movie's title character has no doubt sampled once or twice over the years during his shift. A high-concept mash-up of "Die Hard" and "Kung Fu Panda," "Blart" gives sitcom star Kevin James a showcase for broad-comedy pratfalls, providing him 87 minutes to plop, flop and crash into things, highlights of which have been playing nonstop on Nickelodeon for the last two weeks. The targeted tween audience will lap up James' antics, but for the rest of us, "Blart" is just empty calories. The genial James has an appealing everyman quality, but the...