Door 6 of The Fourth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films and maybe it’s time to sort out that Christmas shopping.
We could head to the mall. Except we don’t tend to call them that in the UK. I think we’d be more likely to refer to them as Shopping Centres. And we don’t call police officers ‘cops’. We’d probably call them …erm… police officers.
Paul Blart: Shopping Centre Police Officer would be a rubbish name for a movie. Fortunately the 2009 Kevin James comedy is very much a US product so it’s actually called Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Which still doesn’t sound much like a movie I’d want to see, but it is better than Paul Blart: Shopping Centre Police Officer.
And see it I did. In order to write this post. Although it turns out I had already seen it years ago. I just didn’t remember. It’s that kind of movie.
I mean it’s fine. It’s not offensive. It’s quite funny at times. But it’s the kind of movie you might enjoy for 90 minutes and then never think of again.
Unless, for some inexplicable reason you spend every December compiling a list of movies that are a bit Christmas(ish).
Then you might watch it again.
Score for Christmasishness
It’s set in a mall on Black Friday, so while not actually set at Christmas, it all looks very Christmassy. Plus all the bad guys use reindeer names as their codenames. Also it plays a bit like a parody of Die Hard at times. Which is the ultimate Christmas(ish) movie. So it would be fair to say Paul Blart: Mall Cop is fairly Christmas(ish).