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Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd be willing to bet that the screenwriter of Mall Cop was never a blue collar guy.

Why? Other than winning the lottery, what every working class hero wants is the opportunity to leave his dead end job. Any writer who thinks that more money, better benefits and a pension isn't important has never been poor and doesn't know anybody who is. John Sayles would never write such a dishonest, unrealistic and contemptible scene in any of his films but, then again, Sayles is an anomaly in Hollywood who makes films about real people living in the real world struggling with real problems.

The moment Kevin James turned down that lifeboat, Mall Cop turned into a sci-fi movie.


D.R., Kevin James himself is listed as one of the screenwriters. I don't know exactly what his background is but from his imdb bio I'd say he grew up working class or lower white collar middle class. The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that line was put in there to leave open the possibility of a sequel. Groan.

I'm with you on John Sayles! Which reminds me I need to put Silver City in my Netflix queue.

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