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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 19, 2009 at 3:50 PM

If one mall cop is fun . . .

. . . two are better, right? That’s the only logic I can think of behind the fact that this season features two movies about mall security guards. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is the surprise 2009 box-office hit; moviegoers have plunked down more than $138 million to see Kevin James tootle around on his Segway. And in two weeks comes “Observe and Report,” in which Seth Rogen plays a mall security guard defending the shopping center from a flasher so as to get the attention of a cute mall employee (Anna Faris), and yes, it all sounds exactly like “Paul Blart,” except that it’s rated R.
In other random upcoming-movie news:
— Pixar’s newest feature, “Up,” has just landed a nice gig: It’ll be the opening film for the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 13th. The 3-D film, directed by Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”), is about a senior citizen (voiced — I love this — by Ed Asner) who plans to fly to South America by tying masses of balloons to his house. It opens in theaters everywhere May 29
— In case anyone is a bit puzzled by “Fast & Furious” (as in, “isn’t there another movie with that same title?”) which opens April 3, well, me too. Here’s the deal. It’s the fourth installment in the F&F franchise, which began with the similarly titled “The Fast and the Furious” (though note how it’s all calmly spelled out here) in 2001, followed by the somewhat less literately titled “2 Fast 2 Furious” in 2003, then by “The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift,” and now just “Fast & Furious” as if the filmmakers have completely run out of any title ideas and have just decided to throw in an ampersand and call it a day. Fun fact: “Fast and Furious” is also the title of a 1939 Busby Berkeley movie. I’m guessing there’s no dancing in “Fast & Furious,” but you never know.

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