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[[caption-width-right:300:Blart is [[{{Pun}} at large!]]]]

->'''Paul:''' Sir, I took a sworn oath to protect this mall and all inside it.\\
'''Police Trainer:''' What oath? We don't have an oath.\\
'''Paul:''' I... sorta made up my own. It's on a plaque in my room.

''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' is a light-hearted comedy released in 2009, starring Kevin James. The plot follows a portly, kindhearted security guard who after failing to realize his dream of becoming a law-enforcement officer due to his hypoglycemia, Paul instead becomes a well-known figure at TheMall and plans to retake the police entrance exam he once failed. Despite no one showing him any respect and having no real legal authority, he treats his job seriously and makes an effort to enforce orderly shopper conduct whenever possible.

This all changes when a bunch of foolhardy bank robbers make a bid to pull a heist on the busiest shopping day of the year. Paul finds himself [[ClosedCircle trapped inside]] and forced to do battle with the violent criminals, utilizing [[DieHardOnAnX his own skills, bravery and knowledge of the mall layout to undermine their plans]]. In addition he has to save a LoveInterest and his daughter held hostage.

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!!This movie provides examples of:

* AchillesHeel: Paul's medical condition means he has to have a constant intake of sugar ready, otherwise he becomes weakened and cannot function. In fact, if it weren't for his condition, he'd probably have passed the police entry exam at the beginning of the film. [[spoiler:He fakes this on the BigBad to take him down.]]
* {{Acrofatic}}: For a big fella, Blart sure as hell can bust a move when he needs to. In fact, it's shown early in the film that were it not for his hypoglycemia, he would have very easily outperformed all the other policemen taking the Entrance exam. (He passed out an inch from the finish line.)
* ActionSurvivor: Paul. Even the action he sets in motion, apparently.
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/DieHard'' and the entire DieHardOnAnX genre. The AirVentPassageway is noisy and collapses on him, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction he appears hurt when all he needed was a band-aid]], breaking into stores to get supplies is not that easy and this is a man who is not in the best condition [[OneManArmy to ward off a criminal gang]].
* AirVentPassageway: The air-conditioning Paul climbs through which almost counts as a AbsurdlySpaciousSewer, though [[JustifiedTrope to be fair]], it is part of the mall system and would have to be pretty substantial to be effective.
* BeneathSuspicion: The fresh-faced new security guard is the leader of the gang.
* BingeMontage
* BondOneLiner: Blart cracks a couple of subtle ones.
* UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} [[CaliforniaDoubling doubling]]: Much of the movie was filmed in Burlington, MA, about fifteen miles from Boston. (The mall there is one of the biggest in the area.)
* ChekhovsGun: When Blart mentions he's been working for ten years, which explains why he's so adept at finding his way around and handy with a Segway.
** The GPS tracking on Vijay's daughters cellphone.
** Aversion, sort of: one of the mall merchants gives Blart a bottle of hot sauce "to cheer him up." The observant viewer will expect him to use it later as a weapon against the bad guys. He tries, but it doesn't work.
*** To be fair, it DID work, he just failed to act properly on the occasion. Lampshaded by Paul Blart himself.
** Even Paul's time on that obstacle course comes up towards the end.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Used to explain the titular character's daughter's MissingMom: she had married Blart only for the green card and abandoned him and her daughter as soon as she was born.
* CoolCar: It's not a car. But the fact Kevin James can make riding a Segway look even remotely cool is something of a miracle.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As Paul himself discovers over the course of the movie, he's much more competent than he appears.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Paul has two.... that we know of.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Veck stood up for Paul when Stuart was pushing him around.
* DancePartyEnding
* DieHardOnAnX: It's Die Hard, but in a mall and family friendly! [[RecycledINSPACE With a husky guy!]]
** It's Die Hard if Reginald [=VelJohnson's=] cop character had been trapped in the building instead of John [=McClane.=]
* DuelingMovies: This and it's DarkerAndEdgier rival ObserveAndReport.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Veck]] about a third of the way through the movie. Amy is not impressed. [[spoiler: Also the SWAT guy]].
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Blart trades in his normal outfit for something closely related to a police officer's uniform to show how serious he is about thwarting the villians' plans.
* HannibalLecture: Veck tries a short one of these by finding out about Blart online.
* HardHead: Handled somewhat more realistically when Paul headbutts a Mook.
--> Paul: Nobody wins with a headbutt.
* HistoryMarchesOn: The Sharper Image had already closed down all its stores by the time ''Paul Blart'' hit theaters.
* HoldMyGlasses
* HostageForMacGuffin: Played by Veck with Blart's daughter.
* HumanShield: Paul has an unusual twist on this, using [[spoiler:a mannequin]] as a distraction.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: You've gotta admit... Blart is just an amusing word, even out of context.
* InsultBackFire: There are several, all played for laughs.
* KickTheDog: Paul accidentally runs over one that was chasing him on his way to work.
* LeParkour: Used quite unnecessarily by the villains during the mall robbery.
** Special features on the DVD show that all the villains (save Veck), were played by LeParkour experts or extreme sports people.
* LoserGetsTheGirl: The popular [[{{JerkAss}} pen salesman]] and unpopular mall cop both try to win the girl. Guess who ends up with her?
* {{Loser Protagonist}}: A police reject who takes his security job ''way'' too seriously.
* MacGuffin: The all-important "credit codes" that are used to unlock the wealth in the mall.
* MacGyvering: Blart is surprisingly adept at using his environment to pick off the bad guys, one by one.
* TheMall
* TheManBehindTheMan: The end of the movie reveals that Veck and his gang were actually working for [[spoiler: Commander Kent, leader of the SWAT team]].
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: After being caught by the main criminal taking over the mall, Paul admits that the BigBad is younger, stronger and smarter than he was. And that literally he was the man with the gun.
* PapaWolf
* PlayingAgainstType: This was one of the first times Creator/JaymaMays didn't play TheDitz.
* PoliceAreUseless: They just stand there and wait for Blart to report in, and the SWAT team to arrive.
** The police were threatened to stay out, or hostages would be harmed.
*** Also, the SWAT team never does anything but stay outside the mall until the end. [[spoiler: justified in that their commander is actually the real leader of the thieves]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Amy personifies this trope with her big angelic peepers.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: As the codes needed to steal the store's credit change on a daily basis, there is a limit to how long the villians have to pull off their robbery.
* RunningGag: Paul ''really'' doesn't drink
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: During his lecture at the end of movie, Veck tries to break Blart's resolve by pointing out his weaknesses, and the fact he isn't even armed.
* SeriousBusiness: Paul takes his job ''very'' seriously, to the point of making up his own oath and putting it on a plaque in his room.
* ShoutOut: The sequence with Paul droppin' punks in the wildlife exhibit is straight out of ''{{Film/Rambo}}'', complete with a shift in focus to reveal Paul HiddenInPlainSight.
** A ''Film/ThreeHundred''-worthy slo-mo shot when Paul gets off two accurate swings before the punk hits the floor.
* {{Slapstick}}: A fair dose of the humour is good 'ol fashioned perils and pratfalls.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Paul and Amy finally get married. And Vijay's daughter catches the bouquet!]]
* StuffBlowingUp: The flash grenades used to the scare the police off, and later a whole front panel of the mall blowing up just as the SWAT team captain [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact he thinks Blart could never be a {{Badass}}.
* TookALevelInBadass: About halfway through the movie, Blart suddenly finds strength he didn't know he had.
* TotallyRadical: Veck refering to Paul's rescue attempts as his chance to be the [=MVP=].
* TortureAlwaysWorks: All it takes is Veck shouting for one of the hostages to give up important information. Everyone else just looks at the hostage in disgust to which the hostage replies, "Wow, he's good, he's a pro."
* UglyGuyHotWife: Paul and Amy at the end.
* VoiceOfDramatic: Paul's manner of speaking changes to a lower, more imposing tone as he takes down the bad guys.
* WeatherDissonance: It's supposed to be Black Friday but underneath all the lights and fake snow the RealLife mall's window displays are for summer. Maybe if they could've borrowed ''TheTerminal''[='=]s giant food court set...
* YouAndWhatArmy: The head mall security guy asks this of the leader of the New Jersey SWAT Team. Three guesses how it works out...
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[[caption-width-right:300:Blart is [[{{Pun}} at large!]]]]

->'''Paul:''' Sir, I took a sworn oath to protect this mall and all inside it.\\
'''Police Trainer:''' What oath? We don't have an oath.\\
'''Paul:''' I... sorta made up my own. It's on a plaque in my room.

''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' is a light-hearted comedy released in 2009, starring Kevin James. The plot follows a portly, kindhearted security guard who after failing to realize his dream of becoming a law-enforcement officer due to his hypoglycemia, Paul instead becomes a well-known figure at TheMall and plans to retake the police entrance exam he once failed. Despite no one showing him any respect and having no real legal authority, he treats his job seriously and makes an effort to enforce orderly shopper conduct whenever possible.

This all changes when a bunch of foolhardy bank robbers make a bid to pull a heist on the busiest shopping day of the year. Paul finds himself [[ClosedCircle trapped inside]] and forced to do battle with the violent criminals, utilizing [[DieHardOnAnX his own skills, bravery and knowledge of the mall layout to undermine their plans]]. In addition he has to save a LoveInterest and his daughter held hostage.

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!!This movie provides examples of:

* AchillesHeel: Paul's medical condition means he has to have a constant intake of sugar ready, otherwise he becomes weakened and cannot function. In fact, if it weren't for his condition, he'd probably have passed the police entry exam at the beginning of the film. [[spoiler:He fakes this on the BigBad to take him down.]]
* {{Acrofatic}}: For a big fella, Blart sure as hell can bust a move when he needs to. In fact, it's shown early in the film that were it not for his hypoglycemia, he would have very easily outperformed all the other policemen taking the Entrance exam. (He passed out an inch from the finish line.)
* ActionSurvivor: Paul. Even the action he sets in motion, apparently.
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/DieHard'' and the entire DieHardOnAnX genre. The AirVentPassageway is noisy and collapses on him, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction he appears hurt when all he needed was a band-aid]], breaking into stores to get supplies is not that easy and this is a man who is not in the best condition [[OneManArmy to ward off a criminal gang]].
* AirVentPassageway: The air-conditioning Paul climbs through which almost counts as a AbsurdlySpaciousSewer, though [[JustifiedTrope to be fair]], it is part of the mall system and would have to be pretty substantial to be effective.
* BeneathSuspicion: The fresh-faced new security guard is the leader of the gang.
* BingeMontage
* BondOneLiner: Blart cracks a couple of subtle ones.
* UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} [[CaliforniaDoubling doubling]]: Much of the movie was filmed in Burlington, MA, about fifteen miles from Boston. (The mall there is one of the biggest in the area.)
* ChekhovsGun: When Blart mentions he's been working for ten years, which explains why he's so adept at finding his way around and handy with a Segway.
** The GPS tracking on Vijay's daughters cellphone.
** Aversion, sort of: one of the mall merchants gives Blart a bottle of hot sauce "to cheer him up." The observant viewer will expect him to use it later as a weapon against the bad guys. He tries, but it doesn't work.
*** To be fair, it DID work, he just failed to act properly on the occasion. Lampshaded by Paul Blart himself.
** Even Paul's time on that obstacle course comes up towards the end.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Used to explain the titular character's daughter's MissingMom: she had married Blart only for the green card and abandoned him and her daughter as soon as she was born.
* CoolCar: It's not a car. But the fact Kevin James can make riding a Segway look even remotely cool is something of a miracle.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: As Paul himself discovers over the course of the movie, he's much more competent than he appears.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Paul has two.... that we know of.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Veck stood up for Paul when Stuart was pushing him around.
* DancePartyEnding
* DieHardOnAnX: It's Die Hard, but in a mall and family friendly! [[RecycledINSPACE With a husky guy!]]
** It's Die Hard if Reginald [=VelJohnson's=] cop character had been trapped in the building instead of John [=McClane.=]
* DuelingMovies: This and it's DarkerAndEdgier rival ObserveAndReport.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Veck]] about a third of the way through the movie. Amy is not impressed. [[spoiler: Also the SWAT guy]].
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Blart trades in his normal outfit for something closely related to a police officer's uniform to show how serious he is about thwarting the villians' plans.
* HannibalLecture: Veck tries a short one of these by finding out about Blart online.
* HardHead: Handled somewhat more realistically when Paul headbutts a Mook.
--> Paul: Nobody wins with a headbutt.
* HistoryMarchesOn: The Sharper Image had already closed down all its stores by the time ''Paul Blart'' hit theaters.
* HoldMyGlasses
* HostageForMacGuffin: Played by Veck with Blart's daughter.
* HumanShield: Paul has an unusual twist on this, using [[spoiler:a mannequin]] as a distraction.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: You've gotta admit... Blart is just an amusing word, even out of context.
* InsultBackFire: There are several, all played for laughs.
* KickTheDog: Paul accidentally runs over one that was chasing him on his way to work.
* LeParkour: Used quite unnecessarily by the villains during the mall robbery.
** Special features on the DVD show that all the villains (save Veck), were played by LeParkour experts or extreme sports people.
* LoserGetsTheGirl: The popular [[{{JerkAss}} pen salesman]] and unpopular mall cop both try to win the girl. Guess who ends up with her?
* {{Loser Protagonist}}: A police reject who takes his security job ''way'' too seriously.
* MacGuffin: The all-important "credit codes" that are used to unlock the wealth in the mall.
* MacGyvering: Blart is surprisingly adept at using his environment to pick off the bad guys, one by one.
* TheMall
* TheManBehindTheMan: The end of the movie reveals that Veck and his gang were actually working for [[spoiler: Commander Kent, leader of the SWAT team]].
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: After being caught by the main criminal taking over the mall, Paul admits that the BigBad is younger, stronger and smarter than he was. And that literally he was the man with the gun.
* PapaWolf
* PlayingAgainstType: This was one of the first times Creator/JaymaMays didn't play TheDitz.
* PoliceAreUseless: They just stand there and wait for Blart to report in, and the SWAT team to arrive.
** The police were threatened to stay out, or hostages would be harmed.
*** Also, the SWAT team never does anything but stay outside the mall until the end. [[spoiler: justified in that their commander is actually the real leader of the thieves]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Amy personifies this trope with her big angelic peepers.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: As the codes needed to steal the store's credit change on a daily basis, there is a limit to how long the villians have to pull off their robbery.
* RunningGag: Paul ''really'' doesn't drink
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: During his lecture at the end of movie, Veck tries to break Blart's resolve by pointing out his weaknesses, and the fact he isn't even armed.
* SeriousBusiness: Paul takes his job ''very'' seriously, to the point of making up his own oath and putting it on a plaque in his room.
* ShoutOut: The sequence with Paul droppin' punks in the wildlife exhibit is straight out of ''{{Film/Rambo}}'', complete with a shift in focus to reveal Paul HiddenInPlainSight.
** A ''Film/ThreeHundred''-worthy slo-mo shot when Paul gets off two accurate swings before the punk hits the floor.
* {{Slapstick}}: A fair dose of the humour is good 'ol fashioned perils and pratfalls.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Paul and Amy finally get married. And Vijay's daughter catches the bouquet!]]
* StuffBlowingUp: The flash grenades used to the scare the police off, and later a whole front panel of the mall blowing up just as the SWAT team captain [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the fact he thinks Blart could never be a {{Badass}}.
* TookALevelInBadass: About halfway through the movie, Blart suddenly finds strength he didn't know he had.
* TotallyRadical: Veck refering to Paul's rescue attempts as his chance to be the [=MVP=].
* TortureAlwaysWorks: All it takes is Veck shouting for one of the hostages to give up important information. Everyone else just looks at the hostage in disgust to which the hostage replies, "Wow, he's good, he's a pro."
* UglyGuyHotWife: Paul and Amy at the end.
* VoiceOfDramatic: Paul's manner of speaking changes to a lower, more imposing tone as he takes down the bad guys.
* WeatherDissonance: It's supposed to be Black Friday but underneath all the lights and fake snow the RealLife mall's window displays are for summer. Maybe if they could've borrowed ''TheTerminal''[='=]s giant food court set...
* YouAndWhatArmy: The head mall security guy asks this of the leader of the New Jersey SWAT Team. Three guesses how it works out...
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3rd Jun '13 8:01:27 PM dakinebrah
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* {{Acrofatic}}: For a big fella, Blart sure as hell can bust a move when he needs to. In fact, it's shown early in the film that were it not for his hypoglycemia, he would have very easily outperformed all the other policemen taking the Entrance exam. (He passed out an inch from the finish line)

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* {{Acrofatic}}: For a big fella, Blart sure as hell can bust a move when he needs to. In fact, it's shown early in the film that were it not for his hypoglycemia, he would have very easily outperformed all the other policemen taking the Entrance exam. (He passed out an inch from the finish line)line.)



* DieHardOnAnX: It's Die Hard, but in a mall! [[RecycledINSPACE With a husky guy!]]

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* DieHardOnAnX: It's Die Hard, but in a mall! mall and family friendly! [[RecycledINSPACE With a husky guy!]]



* {{Loser Protagonist}}

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* {{Loser Protagonist}}Protagonist}}: A police reject who takes his security job ''way'' too seriously.
24th May '13 1:11:45 AM hatespickingnames
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''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' is a light-hearted comedy released in 2009, starring Kevin James. The plot follows a portly, kindhearted security guard who after failing to realize his dream of becoming a law-enforcement officer due to his hypoglycemia, Paul instead becomes a well-known figure at TheMall and plans to retake the police entrance exam he once failed. Despite no one showing him any respect and he has no real legal authority, he treats his job seriously and makes an effort to enforce orderly shopper conduct whenever possible.

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''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' is a light-hearted comedy released in 2009, starring Kevin James. The plot follows a portly, kindhearted security guard who after failing to realize his dream of becoming a law-enforcement officer due to his hypoglycemia, Paul instead becomes a well-known figure at TheMall and plans to retake the police entrance exam he once failed. Despite no one showing him any respect and he has having no real legal authority, he treats his job seriously and makes an effort to enforce orderly shopper conduct whenever possible.
4th Apr '13 8:11:59 PM KJMackley
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''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' is a light-hearted comedy released in 2009, starring Kevin James. The plot follows a portly, kindhearted security guard (the titular mall cop) who, despite the lack of authority of his position, takes his job seriously. After failing to realise his dream of becoming a law-enforcement officer due to his hypoglycemia, Paul instead becomes a well-known figure at TheMall and plans to retake the police entrance exam he once failed. That is, until a bunch of foolhardy terrorists make a bid to pull a heist while he's on duty. [[IncrediblyLamePun Big mistake...]]

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''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' is a light-hearted comedy released in 2009, starring Kevin James. The plot follows a portly, kindhearted security guard (the titular mall cop) who, despite the lack of authority of his position, takes his job seriously. After who after failing to realise realize his dream of becoming a law-enforcement officer due to his hypoglycemia, Paul instead becomes a well-known figure at TheMall and plans to retake the police entrance exam he once failed. That is, until Despite no one showing him any respect and he has no real legal authority, he treats his job seriously and makes an effort to enforce orderly shopper conduct whenever possible.

This all changes when
a bunch of foolhardy terrorists bank robbers make a bid to pull a heist while he's on duty. [[IncrediblyLamePun Big mistake...]]
the busiest shopping day of the year. Paul finds himself [[ClosedCircle trapped inside]] and forced to do battle with the violent criminals, utilizing [[DieHardOnAnX his own skills, bravery and knowledge of the mall layout to undermine their plans]]. In addition he has to save a LoveInterest and his daughter held hostage.



* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/DieHard''.

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* AffectionateParody: Of ''Film/DieHard''.''Film/DieHard'' and the entire DieHardOnAnX genre. The AirVentPassageway is noisy and collapses on him, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction he appears hurt when all he needed was a band-aid]], breaking into stores to get supplies is not that easy and this is a man who is not in the best condition [[OneManArmy to ward off a criminal gang]].
1st Mar '13 12:24:51 PM Ghost101
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* PlayingAgainstType: This was one of the first times JaymaMays didn't play TheDitz.

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* PlayingAgainstType: This was one of the first times JaymaMays Creator/JaymaMays didn't play TheDitz.
30th Dec '12 11:44:51 AM LordAaronus
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* ShoutOut: The sequence with Paul droppin' punks in the wildlife exhibit is straight out of ''{{Film/Rambo}}'', complete with a shift in focus to reveal Paul HidingInPlainSight.

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* ShoutOut: The sequence with Paul droppin' punks in the wildlife exhibit is straight out of ''{{Film/Rambo}}'', complete with a shift in focus to reveal Paul HidingInPlainSight.HiddenInPlainSight.
25th Dec '12 5:38:27 AM LordAaronus
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** Even Paul's time on that obstacle course comes up towards the end.



* GoodCostumeSwitch: Blart trades in his normal outfit for something closely related to a police officer's uniform to show how serious he is about thwarting the villians plans.

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* GoodCostumeSwitch: Blart trades in his normal outfit for something closely related to a police officer's uniform to show how serious he is about thwarting the villians villians' plans.


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* ShoutOut: The sequence with Paul droppin' punks in the wildlife exhibit is straight out of ''{{Film/Rambo}}'', complete with a shift in focus to reveal Paul HidingInPlainSight.
** A ''Film/ThreeHundred''-worthy slo-mo shot when Paul gets off two accurate swings before the punk hits the floor.


Added DiffLines:

* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Paul and Amy finally get married. And Vijay's daughter catches the bouquet!]]
4th Aug '12 6:28:01 PM Ionand
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Veck stood up for Paul when Stuart was pushing him around.
12th Jul '12 11:57:49 PM freesefan
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Despite (or because of) the silly premise and PG rating.



* WeatherDissonance: If I recall correctly, it's supposed to be Christmas but underneath all the lights and fake snow the RealLife mall's window displays are for summer. Maybe if they could've borrowed ''TheTerminal''[='=]s giant food court set...
** It's actually stated to be Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)

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* WeatherDissonance: If I recall correctly, it's It's supposed to be Christmas Black Friday but underneath all the lights and fake snow the RealLife mall's window displays are for summer. Maybe if they could've borrowed ''TheTerminal''[='=]s giant food court set...
** It's actually stated to be Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)
set...
12th Jun '12 3:25:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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Despite (or because of) the silly premise and PG rating, YourMileageMayVary.

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Despite (or because of) the silly premise and PG rating, YourMileageMayVary.rating.
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