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The masses love ‘Mall Cop’

In tough times, there’s a market for cheap, escapist, PG-rated comedies


 

The studio that produced Paul Blart: Mall Cop thought of it as a low-budget comedy that would make a little money. They were wrong: it’s a low-budget comedy that’s made a lot of money. Its success has not only made a movie star out of actor/writer Kevin James, it’s proven that in tough times, there’s an unexpected market for cheap, escapist, PG-rated comedies that parents can watch with their kids. Or it could just mean that the world always enjoys seeing a fat guy fall down a lot.

Los Angeles Times


 
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