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(DHD)   "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" still #1 movie in USA. "Again, if Americans want Hollywood to make better quality movies, then they should stop showing up for crappy ones"   (deadlinehollywooddaily.com) divider line 133
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2009-01-25 04:22:12 PM
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
-- Henry Mencken

As true now as then.
 
2009-01-25 04:25:09 PM
Hadn't gone to a movie in a long time, but went last night to see Gran Torino...that was good.
 
2009-01-25 04:45:12 PM
"Americans" are largely sheep with marginal intelligence and an "Ow My Balls" mentality about entertainment.

"American Movie Critics" are a somewhat more educated, effete group who got made fun of as children, so they feel only their opinion about culture counts.

Generally speaking, sometimes we want to be scared, sometimes happy, sometimes grossed out, sometimes moved, sometimes jazzed, sometimes just distracted. Hollywood generally lays out that smorgasbord for us, with the occasional prime rib at the head of the table, being cut by a master chef. We're hungry, so we'll eat whatever, but we like the good stuff from time to time.

It's OK.
 
2009-01-25 04:54:18 PM
Paul Blart: Mall Cop was better than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
 
2009-01-25 05:05:10 PM
if Americans want Hollywood to make better quality movies, then they should stop showing up for crappy ones"

Forgive them. They can't help themselves.
 
2009-01-25 05:10:33 PM
yes, the real discerning Americans meet up on Fark.
 
2009-01-25 05:22:01 PM

Meh.

In fairness, Mall Cop isn't the typical gawd-awful stupid gross-out "comedy" like Disaster Movie.

While it isn't high art, Roger Ebert kinda liked it:


"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is a slapstick comedy with a hero who is a nice guy. I thought that wasn't allowed anymore. He's a single dad, bringing up his daughter with the help of his mom. He takes his job seriously. He may be chubby but he's brave and optimistic. And he's in a PG-rated film with no nudity except for a bra strap, and no jokes at all about bodily functions.

What's even more amazing, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" isn't "wholesome" as a code word for "boring." It's as slam-bang preposterous as any R-rated comedy you can name. It's just that Paul Blart and the film's other characters don't feel the need to use the f-word as the building block of every sentence. They rely on the rest of the English language, which proves adequate."


I often disagree with Ebert, but not always. I'll probably watch the movie when it rolls around to the cheap theaters.
 
2009-01-25 06:00:02 PM
Dr. Rosenrosen: Paul Blart: Mall Cop was better than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

You just put on your robe and retard hat.
 
2009-01-25 06:15:21 PM
i make no apologies for seeing paul blart, it was funny.
 
2009-01-25 06:19:02 PM
From what Ebert says, it doesn't sound like the most awful dumb comedy ever. It's not Disaster Movie or anything.
 
2009-01-25 06:27:54 PM
To quote Jay Sherman from The Critic.

"If the movie stinks, JUST DON'T GO!"
 
2009-01-25 06:28:15 PM
Ive seen kevin james standup 'comedy', and I am unsure I would like to see him in a comedy. Wow the portly cop tries to hide behind a ufo lightpole, a string of xmas lights, a very thing tree, ohhh a mall kiosk? High-larious.

/wake me for watchmen tho
 
2009-01-25 06:29:59 PM
geom_00: To quote Jay Sherman from The Critic.

"If the movie stinks, JUST DON'T GO!"


To add to that, I found the whole thing:

"I am a movie critic by trade and until recently, I got paid to tell you people which movies merely stink and which ones you shouldn't screen near an open flame. Well, I'm putting the burden of lousy movie back on you. It's very simple: if you stop going to bad movies, they'll stop making bad movies. If the movie used to be a TV show, just don't go. After Roman numeral II, give it a rest. If the movie is a remake of a classic, rent the classic. Tell them you want stories about people, not a hundred million dollars of stunts and explosives. People, it's up to you. If the movie stinks, just don't go."
 
2009-01-25 06:30:33 PM
to be fair, there wasn't much released this weekend worth going to in my neck of the woods.

plus, ebert's got a point. it's harmless fun, made not to offend. that in itself is a rarity.
 
2009-01-25 06:36:00 PM
It's January: Hollywood's last call. They release their Oscar stuff in December and then the ugly crap leftover the next month. Let's not judge the entire American movie culture off of this. The selection just plain sucks for new flicks.

/FTR, went to Frost/Nixon this weekend. Good stuff.
 
2009-01-25 06:36:33 PM
It wasn't a terrible movie. Kevin James is usually entertaining, and he didn't disappoint here.

Go see it if you're bored on a Sunday afternoon and want to catch an early show and save some money.
 
2009-01-25 06:37:19 PM
I actually saw this movie last night, and aside from some blatant plot holes the movie was actually good. Heck, it was better the other crap out there
 
2009-01-25 06:41:05 PM
I really hope there isn't a Paul Blart: Mall Cop II
 
2009-01-25 06:44:08 PM
using 14 year old boys as the measuring stick for popularity = doing it wrong
 
2009-01-25 06:47:04 PM
I went and watched The Unborn last night because it only one offered really late at night. It was terrible and I wish I could have seen Mall Cop instead.

/loves me some King of Queeens
 
2009-01-25 06:47:32 PM
I have no plans to see this movie, and cannot imagine how the lead actor ever got to be a lead actor.

That being said, I would far rather see this movie than any of the twenty or thirty CGI-fest extravaganzas due out in the next four to five weeks. I, for one, am sick of the screen being crammed with more moving, twitching things than could fit in our solar system all confined to a space roughly the size of my living room

I'm looking straight at you, George Lucas and Michael Bay.
 
2009-01-25 06:54:03 PM
I'd rather see 'Mall Cop' as the number one movie than 'The Unborn'.

/I think the horror genre might be running out of steam if that's the best movie they could come up with
 
2009-01-25 06:58:47 PM
I liked the movie. But to be fair, I wasn't expecting Shakespeare.
 
2009-01-25 07:00:34 PM
If Slumdog, Gran Torino, or The Wrestler are playing in your area, yeah see those first. Some areas don't even have all 3 of those. I am not interested in Mall Cop but who cares if other people are?

/seeing My Bloody Val 3D tomorrow
 
2009-01-25 07:01:20 PM
Paul Blart wasn't bad. It's a slapstick comedy, it's a little silly, but it lives up to what your expectations should be going into a movie like that.
 
2009-01-25 07:03:40 PM
I'm not going to lose sleep over it. The only movie released this week with any sort of anticipation was Underworld, already a mediocre franchise. This is usually Hollywood's downtime, anyway.
 
2009-01-25 07:08:05 PM
Wow, the Paul Blart publicity people got to a lot of farkers.

For the people who said a wholesome movie like this is a rarity, you are a dummy. There are tons of wholesome movies with no swearing made every year. They come in the form of children's movies, and Christian movie studios with Kirk Cameron. If you're an adult who wants an adult movie without swearing, just stay at home where there will be no guaranteed swearing. Do you people go into epileptic shock when you hear someone utter the f-word in the street? GET OVER IT.
 
2009-01-25 07:08:39 PM
It might have been because it was a midnite showing, but me and my buddies went and saw Slum Dog Millionaire last night and were the only ones in the theatre. What a farkin' travesty.
 
2009-01-25 07:12:07 PM
Saw it, liked it, surprised at the lack of fart jokes (Blart? really?) for a Happy Madison comedy. It was almost Chris Farley-esque... Almost.

/Rather see that than the Uninvited...
//The one Elizabeth Banks movie I won't see...
 
2009-01-25 07:12:23 PM
I just watched John Turturro's Romance & Cigarettes on DVD this weekend, and it was completely strange and wonderful.

/going to see Synecdoche, NY tomorrow
 
2009-01-25 07:12:53 PM
In other news, Gran Torino is close to $100 million and Slumdog Millionaire is the #5 film in the country.

People who like good movies have a lot of choices right now.
 
2009-01-25 07:17:03 PM
Americans don't want better movies. Remember, Americans make Budweiser the number one beer and American Idol the number one TV show.

People with taste are in the minority. Learn it. Love it. Live it.
 
2009-01-25 07:27:18 PM
Buy the Ticket: Wow, the Paul Blart publicity people got to a lot of farkers.

For the people who said a wholesome movie like this is a rarity, you are a dummy. There are tons of wholesome movies with no swearing made every year. They come in the form of children's movies, and Christian movie studios with Kirk Cameron. If you're an adult who wants an adult movie without swearing, just stay at home where there will be no guaranteed swearing. Do you people go into epileptic shock when you hear someone utter the f-word in the street? GET OVER IT.


There's a set of happy mediums between 'brainwashed religious pablum,' 'wholesome entertainment,' and 'shiat by Eli Roth,' you know. When I want to see a Kevin Smith movie, I go see a Kevin Smith movie, by cock. I know what I'm in for.

But it is occasionally nice to see something crop up that doesn't rely on dick jokes as shorthand for easy humor. Remember Airplane? The original Naked Gun? Bring that back, do it right, and don't go gratuitous with it, and I'll be right there.

And then I'll turn around and go see Saw 45. I'm not perfect.
 
2009-01-25 07:27:46 PM
Kevin James needs a retirement fund. Don't hate on him. He's made me laugh often enough.
 
2009-01-25 07:28:58 PM
I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I miss John Belushi and John Candy.
All the other *fat actors /slash/ comedians* since them (with the exception of Will Sasso and he got thin and kept it I think) farking suck.
That goes double for Chris Farley who just riffed on other big guys sthick.
And sweated a LOT. Buckets in fact
 
2009-01-25 07:36:32 PM
Has anybody stopped to realize why Mall Cop is the #1 movie in the country? It's not even a matter of taste, really. It's PG...meaning parents can bring their kids easily into the theater. Gran Torino, The Wrestler and Slumdog are all Rated R meaning viewing is restricted.

Typically, the more accessible a film is, the more money it is inclined to make.
 
2009-01-25 07:43:17 PM
Oh please god, don't start linking to Nikki Finke. PLEASE.
 
2009-01-25 07:49:34 PM
Only because "Ow My Balls!" wasn't playing
 
2009-01-25 07:50:22 PM
nikki finke's got about as much taste as my afternoon bowel movement.
 
2009-01-25 08:01:57 PM
Trik: I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I miss John Belushi and John Candy.
All the other *fat actors /slash/ comedians* since them (with the exception of Will Sasso and he got thin and kept it I think) farking suck.
That goes double for Chris Farley who just riffed on other big guys sthick.
And sweated a LOT. Buckets in fact


Dude - you're wrong. I wouldnt see that movie, but ...Kevin James is 100 times more talented than Belushi ever could be, and I would say he is on-par with John Candy. It is just different times these days - they just dont make those awesome 80's comedies anymore (Uncle Buck, Harry Crumb, Summer Rental, Great Outdoors, to name a few), so people like Kevin James are showcased in this type of crap.

They have different careers - he made it big on TV in a top 10 of all time sitcom. John Candy made it big making those movies that were fantastic, and that I grew up with. But that doesnt take away that Kevin James is funny.
 
2009-01-25 08:06:58 PM
Subby,

Your horse is high, I can't get on it
 
2009-01-25 08:12:50 PM
What bothers me is that Underworld III did just about as well. Teenagers, I no longer get them.

www.milkmag.org
 
2009-01-25 08:15:21 PM
People, People. If you're going to use the right reference, it's "Ass." "Ow, My Balls" is for "#1 TV Series" references.

/Would probably go see Mall Cop if I liked theaters.
//Kevin James brings the funny.
 
2009-01-25 08:17:54 PM
Don't blame me, I went to see Underworld... and yes, I know how silly that sounds.

/It was... alright
//Entertaining, at least
///The first two were better
 
2009-01-25 08:21:15 PM
No matter how much I hate some of the crap that's been put out there and makes big bucks, there are also very good movies that do the same. For the past decade or so, though, Hollywood seems keen on rewarding the movies that DON'T make much at the box office. LOTR:ROTK is one of the very few exceptions.
 
2009-01-25 08:26:04 PM
Trik: I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I miss John Belushi and John Candy.
All the other *fat actors /slash/ comedians* since them (with the exception of Will Sasso and he got thin and kept it I think) farking suck.
That goes double for Chris Farley who just riffed on other big guys sthick.
And sweated a LOT. Buckets in fact


Seeing the word slash gave me a random thought about someone writing fat comedian slash fanfiction (the sexual kind) about John Candy, John Belushi, Kevin James and Chris Farley. Rule 34 of the Internet and all.

/spending too much goddamn time on urbandictionary trying to figure out references
//ruining the last vestiges of my innocence
 
2009-01-25 08:28:25 PM
Just got back from seeing Gran Torino- it was awesome.

The real crime is that Outlander is getting shuffled off to the dustbin with a limited release. Goddammit, I want my Vikings vs. Aliens movie! It looks at least as good as Predator.
 
2009-01-25 08:29:03 PM
mecaenas: slash

I hate you.
 
2009-01-25 08:29:09 PM
Better than TDK.

Funnier, too.
 
2009-01-25 08:30:02 PM
Watched Mall Cop last night and enjoyed it. It's not just 90 minutes of f-bombs and bathroom humor, and still manages to rise above being a "kid's movie." It's a pretty funny satire of movies like Die Hard or...Die Hard II.
 
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