Story

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is an action comedy that continues the story of Paul Blart (Kevin James), a security guard struggling with life after the end of his marriage and the death of his mother. Paul travels with his daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) to Las Vegas for a security convention at a very fancy casino. He hopes that he’ll finally get some recognition for work he did at a New Jersey mall six years previously (the story told in the first Paul Blart: Mall Cop movie).

Paul is increasingly disappointed as he realises that the convention is in fact not about celebrating his small-time victory in Jersey. While dealing with this blow to his ego, he also finds himself becoming entangled in a heist. A group of international art thieves intends to steal invaluable items from the casino, including one of Van Gogh’s most famous works.

Although the general manager and head of security at the casino initially look down on him, Paul hopes that his accidental involvement with the thieves will enable him to redeem himself.

Themes

Crime; divorce; family relationships

Violence

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has some limited violence. Examples include the following:

  • There are several fights. Characters manhandle each other and use both lethal and non-lethal weapons including guns and stun-guns.
  • An elderly female character is accidentally hit.
  • A car hits two characters.
  • A bird attacks a man.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
Children in this age group are likely to be scared by the thieves and violence described above.

From 5-8
Children in this age group might also be scared by the thieves and violence described above.

From 8-13
Nothing of concern

Over 13
Nothing of concern

Sexual references

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has some mild sexual references. For example, characters flirt and talk about sex.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 shows some use of substances. For example:

  • Characters drink socially.
  • Some scenes show possible under-age drinking at a high school party.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has some product placement. For example:

  • Steve Wynne’s Hotel is heavily advertised, because this is where the security convention takes place.
  • Segway
  • Sony products
  • Coca Cola
  • Toyota vehicles.

Coarse language

None of concern

The movie’s message

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is the second movie in the Mall Cop series. It’s a comedy about a hard-working underdog looking for the recognition he deserves.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 makes the point that awards and accolades aren’t as important as really loving what you do, as well as showing the human desire to be valued and respected by your peers. The movie also features the compassionate relationship between Paul and his teenage daughter, highlighting the difficulties parents might face when they’re trying to balance caring for children with protecting them.

There is some violence in this movie and its themes are more likely to be understood by children aged 12 years and over. We recommend parental guidance for younger viewers.

This movie could give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as how:

  • other people’s opinions can impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence
  • parents’ life choices affect their children
  • body image and body criticism can make people feel.