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Plot: Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close the case. Runtime: 86 mins Release Date: 10 Apr 2009
It's all about your sense of humor (by bexandbarn)
Firstly, this does not deserve a 10 out of 10 rating because it is not perfect, but it certainly doesn't deserve the many 1 out of 10 votes it has received. I am ranking it 10 out of 10 to redress the unfair balance.You will see by the reviews for this movie already that you are either going to love it or hate it, it will be very difficult to feel indifferent about it. And why? Because some people are not going to find this funny. If you haven't laughed once after the first 10 minutes then you might as well turn it off. It's not for you, was never intended for you, so keep your <more>
opinions to yourself and move on to something designed for your more mainstream sense of humor. DO NOT tell everybody else in the World not to watch it because you are denying a potential audience a comedy classic.To say that this is the worst movie ever made, as some reviewers have done, is preposterous and is just a reflection on the reviewers' taste, not a true representation of the movie.I'm a bit fair-weather with these recent comedies. I loved Superbad and Pineapple Express, was fairly indifferent about 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and thought Zack & Mire was lame and puerile. As such, I was a bit skeptical about this film but I was wrong. This is better than all of the aforementioned because it appeals to my sick sense of humor and does not pull a single punch.This film smashes so many taboos including police brutality, date rape, mental illness, alcoholism and racism. But it doesn't care. None of the above would be seen as any great topics for comedy but this film embraces all as if it is purposely trying to offend. It has clearly succeeded judging by the feedback here. But I loved it. Taboos are there to be exposed and smashed, and if you like your comedy to be near the knuckle and ground breaking then you will definitely love this film.Seth is fantastic in the lead role. Very plausible and a definite deviation from his past roles. The supporting cast are also equally brilliant, especially his mother and Seth's co-workers. There is also no rationality behind this film so please ignore all the reviewers who claim certain aspects are implausible. Who cares? It is a comedy and the suspension of disbelief is paramount to the viewer's enjoyment.In a nutshell, if you are not easily offended, like your humor to be in your face and boundary pushing and most importantly, fairly sick then you will love this film and laugh out loud throughout.One other thing, the soundtrack is absolutely awesome with a great cover version of The Pixies' 'Where is my mind?' during one of the funniest scenes in the film, as well as a rocking song by Pyramid a band I'd never heard of during the end credits.One of the best comedies I've seen in recent years, up with Bruno and Black Dynamite. And although it may not deserve the 10 out of 10 rating it is so close to comedy perfection.
I saw "Observe and Report" tonight at an advance screening and have to say I was more than impressed. I've been enjoying the similarly casted and styled Apatow produced comedies over the past few years and was expecting to get laughs out of this one, but where I was really surprised was with how many risks this film took. Seth Rogen's character is not likable- he's cocky, arrogant and flat out rude. But as you see the purity of his intentions you can't help but warm up to him, and by the end you are flat out rooting for him at least I was . And the violence... wow, <more>
did not see that coming, and I loved every second of carnage they put on screen. It is brutal, and is so unexpected it only adds to the hilarity of this wild film. The violence is very brief though which also adds to the humor to it. And finally, the nudity- hilarious. Flat out hilarious.I highly suggest this film for fans of riskier and darker comedies- it's one hell of a ride and far more enjoyable then Rogen's last film "Pineapple Express." Warning- it will catch you off guard many times, but I'm betting you'll be happy it did. Do not miss!
I always check the rating out on IMDb before I watch and film and usually I'd skip over a 6.5. But as it had Seth Rogen in it and I had little else to do, I watched the film.zomg, one of the best films I've ever seen for all the wrong reasons. You just get used to how films are going to play out, you can read the ending just by watching the first 10 minutes. All films just repeat the same undertone in different scenes for an hours and a half. Not this film.I have no idea what kind of film this is, I would not call it a comedy or any specific genre, I really was left amazed and <more>
shocked. It just doesn't really give a clear message or direction. When you feel you're starting to understand the film, it turns again.I've watched thousands upon thousands of films and have never had a movie experience like this. There are dark moments which you feel shouldn't be in the film but that's because you've been led to believe it's a comedy.Really enjoyed it, glad I never read any reviews on here before watching it or I may have been prepared.
Most actors, if they want to have a lengthy career, have to prove their versatility Johnny Depp, for example . 'Observe and Report' marks a big step for Seth Rogen; as opposed to his good-natured, man-child teddy bear image from 'Knocked Up' and 'Zack and Miri Make an Porno', O&R sees Seth playing a bi-polar mall cop determined to save his workplace from a serial streaker. While this film has the same basic idea as 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop', 'Observe and Report' treads much darker territory. Rogen is excellent as Ronnie Barnhardt, who is rude to most <more>
people, yet is still kind of likable and ia infatuated with Brandi Anna Faris the blonde makeup consultant, even having sex with her when she's virtually unconscious.The thing that sticks out in this movie is the violence, which is brutal at times. Like Robert De Niro in 'Taxi Driver' which this film has been compared to Rogen turns into a self-made vigilante with no qualms about using force to get what he wants. Towards the end, as he trains himself for his job, Rogen provides a 'Dark Knight'-style voice-over, perhaps foreshadowing his role as the Green Hornet.The best thing about this movie is the ending. While some comedies can falter under an overly-sentimental finish, 'Observe and Report' manages to keep its nihlistic tone while wrapping up the loose ends to everyone's satisfaction.
A funny film with a fantastic cast (by WBPictures)
I saw the same screening mentioned below in New York last week. Jody Hill introduced the film and told us it was not finished but it still was pretty awesome. I liked Hill's Foot Fist Way and this was something like that but even wilder. Seth Rogen plays a hyped up mall security guard who wants nothing more than to be able to carry a gun and carry off Anna Faris' character a hot counter girl at the mall.While it will receive obvious comparisons with Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the world of Observe and Report makes Blart's look like Rodeo Drive on a warm spring day. Hill has a gift for <more>
mining comedy out of the mundane, and he effectively populates his mall with a hilarious food court of human pain.Rogen adds a surprising depth to his usual comic genius as the bipolar Ronnie. Faris is a disgusting delight--one of the few actresses who can remain attractive even while she's throwing up. Her performance reminds us why she is one of the best comediennes working today.Ray Liotta brings his distinct brand of over-the-top hilarity to the role of Detective Harrison. Patton Oswalt, Michael Pena, and Azis Ansari are a perfect supporting cast. While most of Observe's key male demographic will be horrified to find the graphic nudity is primarily of the non-female persuasion, it effectively sets up a world where anything can, and does, happen. This is perhaps Hill's greatest strengthhe's willing to push the boundaries of comedy to the very edge, resulting in a fresh, daring voice that will leave audiences sore from laughter.
I always knew the Judd Apatow crowd was of higher caliber than many others in their genre field. Even when they don't work under Apatow, there is real work, wit and earned laughs in what they do, and here is a film that is a perfect example of how elemental film techniques can make a movie funny. Music and slow motion work in favor of the main character's mindset, but the reactions of his surrounding characters are deadly opposite. He is delusional to the point that he is dangerous. At one point later, there is mention of his being a bipolar case, but not just to lend clarification to <more>
his behavior but more to ground him in a real-world everyman situation which makes his heroic, narcissistic delusions all the more unexpectedly genuine.Seth Rogen's Ronnie Barnhardt exemplifies both the old-school hardass and the modern-day dumbass, and while he merely defends the domain of Forest Ridge Mall, he does so with an aggrandized self-image and the most brutal of temperaments. If it weren't for those bothersome psychological evaluations, he might even be a cop by now. Rather, he's an archetype of misled masculine vigor on a mission: to stop the flasher who has been threatening his territory.One would imagine it'd be a light storyline, one convenient for the cheaper tendencies of SNL or MAD TV, yet Rogen and writer-director Jody Hill extract a subversively funny character study about a depraved man and his perverse perception of what it means to be a hero. In Ronnie's mind, to save the day means busting out the Taser with his sidekick, a speech-defective Michael Peña, by his side; to love a woman Anna Faris, as funny and foul as ever means essentially committing date rape. He is sexist and racist.There's a good deal of immediate laughs to be had here, found in Ronnie's behavior with another character and how they're oblivious to each other in some way or another, or how Hard rock music and strutting slo-mo complement him while on-lookers are dumbfounded or confused or shocked. For example, Hill gives Ray Liotta his best role in awhile, sharply utilizing his intense temperament to make his character funny. But Hill appears more focused on getting under the skin and verging extremities in order to get a better grasp of who Ronnie is and why he behaves the way he does. Perhaps it's Ronnie's bipolar tendencies that propel the plot, leading our impassioned protagonist to a downfall and a warped idea of redemption. Ronnie isn't an antihero. He's a hero in his own mind and his own territory, and Rogen is more acutely committed to this performance than any before, leaping in with profundity and brooding. Therein lies the distinction between the bottom-feeding shenanigans of one Paul Blart and those of Ronnie Barnhardt.The grandest indication that Rogen and Hill have scored something above average is when the authentic jolt and utter hilarity of a peak moment of violence reveals the stunner that everything had led up to that moment within reason, if only in Ronnie's line of reasoning. There is always something more rewarding about a comedy that achieves a careful tonal balancing act.
The preview screening of Observe and Report I attended last night was a well-spent 2 hours. The set-up: Seth Rogen plays a shopping mall head of security who takes his job a little too seriously. When a flasher makes a spree through the mall's parking lot, and a robbery takes place a couple of days later, Rogen feels duty-bound to find criminal/s responsible. He becomes territorial when veteran detective Ray Liotta begins investigating the two crimes, and unwittingly makes an ass of himself trying to show him up. He also gains the confidence to pursue his dream girl, cosmetics associate <more>
Anna Farris a hilarious supporting role, rather than the co-lead the marketing suggests . But it seems that the harder Rogen tries the worse things get for him.Visually, sophomore director Jody Hill shows a Wes Anderson influence on occasion; the takes are shorter, cuts more frequent, but there are a lot of stationery shots, and a bright, pleasant color palette. The pacing of the movie is excellent, the jokes intrinsic to the forward movement of the narrative, moving along at a chuckle-a-minute pace.The humor will certainly not be to everyone's taste. This is a nihilistic comedy. The supporting players provide some reliable laughs, but there is not a set-up-punchline format to guide viewers through. And Rogen is dragged through the mud quite a bit, largely through his own oblivious behavior. It is a little painful at times, but the more Rogen is dragged down, the more engaging the character becomes. By the end of the film, I knew a Hollywood ending not forthcoming. It seemed the only plausible outcome was something depressing and ugly, and any kind of happy conclusion for the protagonist would ring of inauthenticity. I was wrong, it turns out. The closing scenes are gut-busting and satisfying, and in keeping with the overall feeling of the movie.I stop short of calling it groundbreaking, but Observe and Report has a much fresher and more original feel to it than most studio comedies. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
Disturbing and funny, but maybe not funny enough (by zetes)
We have a new auteur in comedy director/writer Jody Hill. With two films and one television series under his belt now, his vision is pretty clear: he makes comedies about nasty, mean-spirited people who can be extremely unpleasant to be around. His work divide audiences sharply, and even those who like it, like myself, have their reservations. Observe and Report is heavily influenced by Taxi Driver. Seth Rogen plays the head of mall security. He spends most of his days wishing he were more important, but he also likes to believe that he is very important where he is. He dreams of shooting the <more>
bad guys and getting the hot girl Anna Faris, a bimbo who works at a makeup counter at the mall . When a local police detective Ray Liotta starts horning in on his mall and his girl, Rogen begins to fly off the handle. Like Hill's previous film, The Foot Fist Way, what Observe and Report really needs is a few more laughs. It was funny, but it always felt like it could be funnier. The movie's often very depressing, and Hill is effective in making those painful moments work. Even though Rogen is pretty crazy and frankly a bad person, I felt sorry for him. If Hill could pull off more humorous moments, the balance would work a lot better.
Observe and Report. No, it is not a ripoff of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, lets get that out of the way right now. This movie has been troubled since the very beginning and has been disowned by critics for being too dark to be funny. Dark? Yes, this movie has its share of politically incorrect humor and gratuitous violence played up for laughs. But to call it not funny . I simply cannot fathom why anyone did. This movie is a laugh-out-loud spectacle. Its almost as good in the way that Bad Santa was good. Seth Rogen even plays his character akin to Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver <more>
minus the Oscar worthiness and anything that made Travis Bickle a classic character of course, I'm not equating Rogen to DeNiro . The rest of the cast exemplified terrific comedic timing, especially Ray Liotta. If your looking for laughs, this movie is up your ally. Its in the same league as Kick-Ass and Bad Santa for sure. As for the critics well prior to the film's release, the stock market crashed. I blame the economy for this one. Times are a little bit better, and so is this movie. Give it a watch.