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October 3, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 3, 2008 |

I’ll concede that, when I heard the pitch for Paul Blart: Mall Cop, I thought it was a brilliant comic premise (in some part because I felt it was inspired by Ben Folds’ “Rent-a-Cop”), and so soon after Hitch, I thought Kevin James was the perfect lead (actually, the perfect lead would’ve been Chris Farley). I mean: Doofus moustachiod mall cop tasked with defending the mall from a gang of crooks? There’s gold in that premise. I kid you not.

But then, Steve Carr — the 9th Worst Director in Hollywood — got involved, and I knew it didn’t have a goddamn chance. And the trailer looks exactly like you’d expect a Steve Carr trailer to look like: Fangless family comedy that no family wants to see.

Maybe it’s misguided of me, but I have a soft-spot for Kevin James, and damnit all: I thought he had a chance. I really did. And then he got sucked into Happy Madison. Poor bastard. He doesn’t have a prayer now.

Here’s the trailer.

Happy Madison Kills All the Joy in the World

Whuppitee-WHOO / Dustin Rowles

Industry | October 3, 2008 |

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