OBSERVE AND REPORT

Fitful and Obscene

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Release Date: April 10, 2009

Starring: Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Anna
Faris, Collette Wolfe, Michael
Peña, and Celia Weston

Genre: Numskull Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 86 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Jody Hill

Executive Producer: Andrew Haas, Marty Ewing,
Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, and
William Fay

Producer: Donald De Line

Writer: Jody Hill

Address Comments To:

Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Alan Horn, President/COO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
(A Time Warner company)
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(PaPa, B, C, LLL, VVV, SS, NNN, AA, DDD, MM) Strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview in a very ribald context about a troubled shopping mall officer trying to fight crime and get a girlfriend, plus the most positive, kindest character is a young Christian woman who’s made a purity pledge; at least 179 mostly strong obscenities, five strong profanities, 13 light profanities, several obscene gestures, and drunken woman vomits; very strong violence with lots of blood in a couple scenes include criminal shot in chest point blank, martial arts fighting, mall security officers hit skateboards in heads with skateboards while the officers drive by in their cart, man tasered for fun, man bangs another man’s head for being cruel to nice woman, man knocked out with blunt object, and pratfalls; depicted fornication and crude sexual comments; extensive shots of full frontal male nudity when flasher runs through inside mall, brief upper female nudity, and rear and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness, including protagonist’s mother is a drunk; smoking and excessive drug abuse; and, practical jokes, bragging, security guard doesn’t listen to police, detective deliberately leaves security guard in the middle of rough area, stealing, and man stays he plans to talk new girlfriend out of her purity pledge.

Summary:

OBSERVE AND REPORT stars Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt, an overzealous, bi-polar mall security officer with delusions of grandeur who encounters two criminals and a hardnosed detective. OBSERVE AND REPORT is actually a hyperactive, obscene, violent character study of a numskull who can’t control himself.

Review:

Mall cops have become a big target this year for Hollywood comedy. First, there was the PG rated, family friendly PAUL BLART: MALL COP. Now comes the R rated OBSERVE AND REPORT.

OBSERVE AND REPORT stars Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt, a head of shopping mall security with delusions of grandeur. When a flasher strikes the mall patrons and a burglar hits the mall after hours, Ronnie goes into hyperdrive trying to solve the crimes. Overzealous and terribly self-deluded, Ronnie desperately wants to gain a coveted spot at the police academy. He thinks solving these crimes will give him a leg up and also win the heart of his elusive dream girl, Brandi, a self-centered blonde working a mall makeup counter.

Ronnie’s braggadocio launches a turf war with hardnosed Detective Harrison, played by Ray Liotta. It doesn’t help that Ronnie takes medication for his hyperactive delusions and bi-polar rage. Things go downhill when the mall officer closest to him introduces Ronnie to drugs.

OBSERVE AND REPORT is like a hyperactive character study of a numskull who can’t control himself. This results in fitful, violent, obscenity laced comedy that’s sometimes poignant. Eventually, Ronnie succeeds by sheer determination. Ironically, the nicest character in this bizarre world is a Christian girl who’s made a purity pledge. At the end of the movie, she and Ronnie begin dating, but the movie closes with a joke where Ronnie tells someone he thinks he can get her to break her pledge to God.

The filmmakers have created a dark comedy that tries to take itself seriously, but there’s too much obscene, numskull comedy to really make that happen for most viewers.

In Brief:

OBSERVE AND REPORT stars Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt, a head of shopping mall security with delusions of grandeur. When a flasher strikes the mall patrons and a burglar hits the mall after hours, Ronnie goes into hyperdrive trying to solve the crimes. Overzealous and self-deluded, Ronnie’s braggadocio causes comic tension with hardnosed Detective Harrison, played by Ray Liotta. It doesn’t help that Ronnie takes medication for his hyperactive delusions and bi-polar rage. Things go downhill when the mall officer to him introduces Ronnie to drugs.

OBSERVE AND REPORT is a hyperactive character study of a numskull who can’t control himself. This results in fitful, violent, obscenity laced comedy that’s sometimes poignant. Eventually, Ronnie succeeds by sheer determination. Ironically, the nicest character in this bizarre world is a Christian girl who’s made a purity pledge. In the end, she and Ronnie begin dating, but the movie closes with a joke where Ronnie thinks he can get her to break her pledge to God. The filmmakers have created a dark comedy that tries to take itself seriously, but there’s too much obscene, numskull comedy to really make that happen for most viewers.