“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is the exact – exact – same movie as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is the exact – exact – same movie as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

Both involve Kevin James’ goofy-yet-heroic mall cop Paul Blart fighting against mockery, villainy and slippery floors to save the day and earn the respect of his peers.

In both films, James’ Blart goes on a lot of spiels about safety, duty, mall cops and punching stuff and rides his official mall cop segue like a cowboy rides his trusted horse.

And, like the first installment, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” isn’t about to change the landscape of modern comedy. But, as another zany mall cop comedy from the Happy Madison tree, it’ll do.

For those unaware of comedy production companies (it’s okay – only seven people on Earth can name them all, present company included), Happy Madison (Happy Gilmore + Billy Madsion) is the umbrella company for films from Adam Sandler and friends. If Sandler makes a movie, it’s probably Happy Madison. If Kevin James – a regular Sandler collaborator – makes a movie of this ilk, it’s probably Happy Madison.

This set of films often don’t fair overtly well with the critics (oh, who am I kidding, these movies get hit harder than Paul Blart’s face against a tile floor), and box office dollars can fluctuate. Some are commercial hits (“Grown Ups”), some are money misses (“Jack and Jill”).

However, some folks (present company included) do feel that these movies get a bad rap. Most of Sandler’s vehicles do their job – provide non-stop sophomoric humor with a shoestring plot and countless cameos. Friends of Sandler don’t usually fair as well with their movies, but occasionally one falls through the cracks and turns out to be pretty good (James’ 2012 film “Here Comes the Boom” is one I’ll fight for any day of the week).

The “Paul Blart” movies – and the Happy Madison titles as a whole – are a bit like that rainbow-flavored ice cream at your local ice cream shop. For some ice cream eaters, the combination of so many odd flavors doesn’t meet the taste test. But for others, it’s just fun to eat ice cream that looks like a rainbow and tastes like everything.

These movies are slapstick to a fault, unafraid to reach for the lowest-hanging fruit and take a hearty bite for the sake of an easy laugh.

Will you giggle with gladness at the sight of Paul Blart falling flat on his face off his segue in the middle of a chase scene? Potentially. Will you howl with hilarity when Paul Blart falls again right before a big fight because, this time, there’s a crease in the rug in front of him? You might. Will you chuckle with candor when a random bird just randomly attacks Paul Blart when he goes outside? *shrugs*

These films are an acquired taste. If you can channel your inner 12-year-old for an-hour-and-a-half and laugh at this type of comedy, you’re in for a treat. If you can’t, you’re not going to enjoy these movies – flat out.

The second film in the “Blart” series – a jaunt through Vegas during a security officer’s convention that overlaps an art heist at the host hotel – does make good use of its new surroundings (there’s an inspired bit at a Cirque du Soleil-type show during a Blart-ian chase scene that’s actually pretty funny and well-staged). But, for the most part, it’s the same old song and dance for everyone’s favorite fumbling mall cop.

Again, whether you like this film will seriously depend on how you liked the first film. If you liked it, then great! Make plans with Officer Blart on your Friday night. If not, then don’t go see this movie. It’s – quite literally – the exact same movie as the first one.

In Blart’s defense, this film never sold itself as anything more than what it was. What it set out to accomplish, it accomplishes in spades.

This is family-friendly, silly entertainment, ripe with physical humor, bizarro wordplay, looney characters and more physical humor.

James is a generally funny guy, and let no one say that he doesn’t give his all to this role. For what Paul Blart demands, James is willing to go the extra mile.

So, at the end of the day, you reviewed “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” six years ago when you saw the first film. If you enjoyed that one, see this. If you didn’t, there’s your answer.