Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and written by Kevin James and Nick Bakay . It is the sequel to the 2009 filmPaul Blart: Mall Cop. James stars in the film as the eponymous mall cop Paul Blart. The other cast includes Neal McDonough , Daniella Alonso , David Henrie , Raini Rodriguez , and Vic Dibitetto . The film was released on April 17, 2015, by Columbia Pictures .
Filming began on April 21, 2014, at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas ; it is the first film shot on the Steve Wynn property. It is also the first film to receive Nevada's new film tax credit . Upon release, the film was critically panned, with much of the criticism focusing on its poor comedic performance.Mall Cop 2grossed $103 million worldwide at the box office.
Six years after the events of the first film, Paul Blart ( Kevin James ) is recovering from several misfortunes. His wife Amy ( Jayma Mays ) divorced him six days into their marriage, and his mother Margaret ( Shirley Knight ) is hit by a milk truck. To feel better, Paul takes pride in patrolling his mall, the West Orange Pavilion Mall. Paul receives an invitation to a security officers' convention in Las Vegas and begins to believe his luck is about to change. His daughter Maya Blart ( Raini Rodriguez ) discovers that she was accepted into UCLA and plans to move across the country to Los Angeles, but in light of her father's invitation, she decides to withhold the information for now.
After arriving in Las Vegas, Paul and his daughter meet the general manager of Wynn Hotel, a pretty young woman named Divina Martinez ( Daniella Alonso ), whom Paul is instantly attracted to. He later learns that she's dating the hotel's head of security, Eduardo Furtillo ( Eduardo Verástegui ). Meanwhile, Maya falls in love with the hotel's valet, Lane ( David Henrie ). A security guard from the Mall of America attending the convention, Donna Ericone ( Loni Love ), is aware of Paul's earlier heroics in the West Orange Pavilion Mall incident and believes Paul will be the likely keynote speaker at the event. However, Paul discovers that another security guard, Nick Panero ( Nicholas Turturro ), is giving the speech.
In the midst of the convention, a criminal named Vincent Sofel ( Neal McDonough ) and a gang of accomplices disguised as hotel employees are secretly plotting to steal priceless works of art from the hotel and replace them with replicas, then sell the real ones at auction. In the meantime, Paul has become overprotective of Maya after discovering her flirtng with Lane and spies on their conversations. He is later mocked by Eduardo for his lack of professionalism in an event where hotel security was notified when Maya went missing. In an ensuing argument with her father, Maya boldly claims she's attending UCLA despite Paul's wishes that she remain close to home at a junior college.
At the convention, Paul, Donna, and three other security guards, Saul Gundermutt ( Gary Valentine ), Khan Mubi (Shelly Desai), and Gino Chizzeti ( Vic Dibitetto ) check out the non-lethal security equipment on display. Later, Paul finds Manero drunk hitting on a woman at the bar. Paul attempts to diffuse the situation and Manero passes out, giving Paul a chance to be the event's speaker. He contacts Maya asking her to attend, but he learns that she's at a party with Lane. As Paul prepares his speech, Vincent and his cohorts put their plan into motion. Maya absentmindedly walks into the midst of the heist and is taken hostage. Lane is kidnapped as well while searching for her. Paul gives a rousing speech that moves everyone at the convention, as well as Divina, who inexplicably finds herself becoming more attracted to Paul with each passing moment. Following the speech, Paul learns about Maya and Lane's situation and rushes to help but passes out due to his hypoglycemic condition that has plagued him for years.
After recovering, Paul is able to take down several of Vincent's thugs and gathers intel on the group's intentions. Using non-lethal equipment from the convention, he is able to take out more of Vincent's crew. Meanwhile, Maya and Lane overhear Vincent adamantly refusing an oatmeal cookie due to a severe oatmeal allergy. Working with a team – Donna, Saul, Khan, and Gino – Paul is able to clumsily dismantle Vincent's operation.
Realizing he's been foiled, Vincent takes Maya and Lane to the roof of another building. Eduardo runs into Paul, who at first thinks Eduardo is working with Vincent. However, Eduardo reveals he was just jealous about Divina's attraction to Paul, and the two settle their differences and work together. Using a gun that fires sticky material, Paul's feet accidentally get stuck in a misfire. Vincent gains the upper hand, but as he's about to shoot Paul, Maya smears oatmeal sunblock all over Vincent's face setting off his oatmeal allergy. Vincent is blinded as he breaks out into hives. Paul jumps out of his shoes and takes out Vincent with a headbutt. The artwork is returned safely and the security guards honor Paul with a medal of valor. Paul decides to let Maya attend UCLA and returns to life as a mall security guard in New Jersey.