There are a couple of really bad forced romances in the film. Both Paul and his daughter start up a relationship with hotel employees. In both cases, the relationship makes no sense and has no place in the movie at all. Paul’s relationship in particular feels really awkward and seemed to exist only because it was expected to be there.
There is one scene in the movie that is so stupid that I just have to mention it. At one point, two characters are being held hostage in a room in the hotel. They are frantically trying to figure out an ingenious plan of escape. All the while, there is a whole big glass door there that leads outside. That’s right, I said a GLASS door. You know, glass? That really breakable stuff? Breaking the glass door with any number of heavy objects around the room and just walking out the huge gaping hole would have been my first plan. I guess that was too simple for this movie.
The movie improves quite a bit toward the end. We see some of that originality that worked so well in the first movie. The end is pretty good, except for the very last scene which was spoiled by the trailer. That scene was way overdone with CGI and looked terrible, kind of ruining the whole ending for me.
The ultimate failure of this movie is that the Paul Blart character is not anywhere near as likeable as he was before. This takes the emotion out of the movie. We don’t care what happens to him as much because we just don’t really like him anymore. I was excited about this movie and really wanted it to deliver. Unfortunately, it never actually gets on track. The Movie Man gives it 2 out of 5 stars.
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