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Observe and Report [Blu-ray]

3.4 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews

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Observe and Report (BD)

Bargain hunters at Forest Ridge Mall get more than they bargained for: a chubby flasher in a ratty bathrobe. They're repulsed. Security guard Ronnie Barnhardt isn't: "This disgusting pervert is the best thing that ever happened to me!" Catching the flasher may be his ticket to a real police job and to romance with a hot cosmetics-counter princess. Only one thing stands between Ronnie and destiny: a tall, handsome cop who actually knows what he's doing. Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta star in this mall-to-wall comedy covering acres of wild, sometimes raunchy, up-in-your-grill funny – all under one roof.

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Special Features

Behind the Scenes Seth Rogen, Anna Farris, and Jody Hill PIP Seth Rogen & Anna Farris: Unscripted Extras Basically Training Forest Ridge Mall: Security Recruitment Video Additional Footage Deleted Scenes / Alternate Jokes Gag Reel BD Live (Media Center, My Commentary, Live Community Screening)

Product Details

  • Actors: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Peña, Ray Liotta
  • Directors: Jody Hill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UV4X92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Observe and Report [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Robert M. Bell on January 9, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I understand why most people didnt like this film, but it is really too bad. Not everything in this world is going to fit into your preconceived ideas of the way things should be. The good guys dont always win, and the heroes aren't always nice. Observe and Report is a great example of that. The "hero" in this film, Ronnie, continues down a path of monumentally bad moral and legal decisions. All the while believing that he is valiant and just. This, combined with his way of dealing with his own metal shortcomings, makes him horribly endearring. The humor in this film is all around, if you just let yourself stop taking it so seriously. I mean, really, haven't you ever just wanted to smack one of those skateboard rinding mall punks around just once? I joke, but that is the flavor of the film. None of the characters in this film are the kind of people that you want to know, but they are fun to watch.
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Not to say that writer/director Jody Hill is the new Scorscese (he's not), but I was constantly reminded of Scorscese's early 80s disturbo-comedy "King of Comedy" when watching this. Whereas Scorscese uses stark realism, though, Hill uses the conventions and expectations of modern comedy to nail us. This could have easily been another crude and rude comedy along the lines of Superbad or Pineapple Express. Those (hell, most) comedies made today feature borderline-sociopathic, emotionally-retarded, and hopelessly immature males. Hill simply tips his characters over the edge. There is no denying that Ronnie (Seth Rogan) is a full-blown psychopath. What's surprising is how close this character is to every other character Seth Rogan has ever played!
Your reaction to this film will be greatly effected by your expectations. If you expect an extremely dark, yet often silly, film instead of yet another "Superbad" or, god forbid, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop", you should not be disappointed in the least.
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This movie is the anti-thesis of every mall cop movie out there. Consider the mall security guard normally presented in movies as a screwball character with an overactive sense of purpose and superiority who continuously gets into stupid, impossible situations but wins the girl and the respect of everyone in the end. Now take a step back and imagine what that person would be like in real life: that is the essence of Observe & Report. It zooms in on that maniacal mall guard and keeps him under the microscope for a full analysis.

This movie is dark. The main character is bi-polar and borderline insane. The movie follows him during an awkward time in his life when he decides to ditch his meds and is obviously suffering due to not being on those meds. This begins when his grasp on reality and his sense of esteem and power is questioned when he is consumed with powerlessness by a flasher at the mall, who cannot be caught, followed closely by multiple robberies. The scenes that follow show a person careening out of control toward what would likely be suicide but in the end, finds redemption and self-worth and re-examines his life and priorities. Seth Rogen is a modern day anti-hero in a mall security guard guise.

I love this movie and all of Jody Hill's work as a writer and/or director. I do not expect everyone to love this movie; especially if you're expecting Pineapple Express or even Fist Foot Way (prior Jody Hill film starring Danny McBride). This is Jody Hill and Seth Rogen pushing the envelope and turning those expectations on their head. Their are moments of absolute hilarity in this move but they are often the kind of jokes that make you cringe somewhere inside or squirm uncomfortably. This can turn people away; but me, I love those movies.
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Format: DVD
Upon first seeing this film in the theater, I thought it was cool, different, unexpected, etc., but I didn't exactly have a burning desire to watch it again; some parts were just weird, and, at times, I wasn't really sure what the film was going for. However, since that time, I fell in love with the HBO show, "Eastbound and Down"--which is written and directed by the same person as "Observe and Report," Jody Hill. I feel like now that I've gotten used to Jody Hill's humor, this film makes so much more "sense" to me, and is a lot funnier than the first time I watched it.

Main point: if you enjoyed Eastbound and Down, you will almost certainly enjoy this film, because the style of humor is very much the same: dark, twisted, and uncomfortably hilarious... Seth Rogen is not far off from "Kenny Powers," and Danny McBride even has a cameo in it.

If you want more straightforward, lowest common denominator-type comedy, watch "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" instead.
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Recently there have been many, MANY, comedies where a bumbling naive idiot man-child gets into whacky scenarios and everyone ends up loving the loser for it, and Seth Rogen is fighting Will Ferral for who's the king of these dumb comedies. Observe and Report takes this similar concept and makes the end result of a man-child 'saving the day' into far more consequential and disturbing tone, which was a very welcome breath of fresh air for me. I think the reason Observe and Report has such low ratings is because it looks like another dumb upbeat comedy where the main character is just misunderstood when instead it took those ideas into much darker territory. Another thing that threw audiences off was the coincedential release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop which was a PG family comedy; so I think general audiences walked into this expecting Paul Blart with more fart jokes and swear words, hooooo boy were they wrong.

So Observe and Report follows a mentally deranged mall cop Ronnie Barnheart, who takes his job far too seriously. The whole movie is basically a running gag of how delusional and psychotic Ronnie is as he tries to step up his game and join the New Mexico police force, and it worked for me. His character goes through some hardships and reality hits him hard at some parts, however it doesn't seem like he really learned anything new at the end, he's still the same deranged psychopath we're introduced to, and I liked that darker ending instead of him smiling with a family or something. As I mentioned above Observe and Report takes the whole man-child comedy genre and flips it on it's head, and that's the main reason I liked it so much, hopefully more dark comedies screw around with that tired formula.
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