Comedy is often risky in my family. The more who are there, the more diverse the senses of humor. But eventually this movie had everyone laughing, shouting, groaning and talking back at the screen. Had to back up a couple of times because the laughter drowned out the next words, and that's all a really good sign.
I picked this flick for our weekly Burger Movie on the strength of reviews I'd read when it came out. Most recently I saw a review that tagged it as a family-friendly, funny Die Hard. That's accurate. In fact, there seem to me to be more than a few nods to the Bruce Willis thriller.
An aspect I really liked was how the movie treats the eponymous character fondly. He's a loser, but not a pathetic loser (like the horrendous lead human in Ratatouille). He's just a really nice guy who loves his daughter and mother, respects women, and takes his job seriously. Really, really seriously.
It's a pretty mild PG for some name-calling and mild violence. Maybe the PG-est scene is where Blart unintentionally guzzles a liter or two of what he thinks is lemonade, which turns out to be margaritas. The effects are horrific and funny, and provide an opportunity to make an observation about getting drunk.
But, see, both before and after the scene Blart stresses that he doesn't drink — and that this is why he doesn't drink.
In another scene a corpulent woman beats the stuffing out of Blart, her blouse getting pulled up (in no way titillatingly) in the process. But why does she beat him up? Because he won't hit women. Period.
Good movie, and fun. Six diverse thumbs up from the Phillipses and Allens.
CAUTION: there is some coarse, PG-language in the movie. It's not "G" for a reason. If that's a major issue, consult one of the sites that commonly itemize (though one of them relates a phrase I don't remember hearing, and the usually-very-conservative Christian Spotlight review gives it a positive rating).
Now, to keep up our Monday Funny Video tradition, here are a couple of Blart star, comedian Kevin James.
First, James talks about renting a foreign car:
Then about his struggle (?) with weight:
Finally, "phone number rhythm":