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Observe and Report (2009)

Seth Rogen , Anna Faris , Jody Hill  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena, Ray Liotta
  • Directors: Jody Hill
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UV4X8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Observe and Report" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

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 (Knocked Up), Anna Faris (the Scary Movie series) and Ray Liotta (GoodFellas) 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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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Square Peg In A World Of Round Holes January 9, 2010
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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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New King of Comedy November 5, 2009
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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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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Upon going into the theatre for "Observe and Report" on its opening day, I was under the impression that I was about to see an 18A-rated Mall Cop.

Boy, was I surprised when I found out how wrong I was.

Nevertheless, dark comedies have always been something I've had a knack for, and if you're expecting a "Mall Cop for adults", you best not even touch the DVD. Because believe me, Observe and Report is a dark, twisted, and VERY violent romp through bi-polar disorder, drug use, date rape, and a man running around and flashing people.

If I haven't put you off seeing this movie, you can continue reading this review.

Yeah, something tells me I put a bunch of people off watching this movie just by that comment in the above paragraph alone. The 2.5 star out of 5 rating is caused mostly by people who walked into this movie not knowing the dark film they were about to see, and expecting a sex comedy. If anything, I was surprised when I decovered its dark comedy. Nonetheless I enjoyed it quite a bit. Fronted by Seth Rogen, Observe and Report is the chronicles of an every-day man with bipolar disorder and the obnoxious tendencies that consume him.

Seth Rogen plays Ronnie Barndhart, a security guard at a shopping mall in New Mexico. He has bipolar disorder, which does get him in quite a bit of trouble. He lives with his mom, who is an alcoholic, but loves him dearly. He enjoys seeing the incredibly cute Nell at the coffee shop every day and getting free coffee from her, and enjoys talking to Brandi, who works in the makeup department of a Sears-type store.

However, a streaker has been wreaking havoc at the mall. He goes around flashing people in the parking lot and in the mall.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above Average: Dark, Moody, Non-Typical Comedy February 8, 2012
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
A dark comedy not for everyone. I would say it falls into the Cult category. I have come across characters like "Ronnie" in my life and that's why I get this movie. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mamoon Wahab
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Jody Hill humor...
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... Read more
Published 27 days ago by J. Kane
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time...
Of you've seen the trailer, you have seen the only slightly comical parts of the movie. Don't wait your time.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Fotheringham
3.0 out of 5 stars The security guard on a power trip
A funny film with a great cast. I've been watching a few Seth Rogen films. He plays Ronnie the head of security at a shopping mall. You might like Supertroopers, Mall Cop, Super. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kish
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
this movie may not be for everyone, but everyone should watch it at least once to find out.

i love it...
Published 1 month ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Hilarious movie!! This movie was full of laughs, and very fun!! One of my favorites!! Oh, and of course, Netflix didn't have it!!
Published 3 months ago by QRIV
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the 1 star reviews. They are all idiots.
Sorry but the idiots that give this movie bad reviews are clearly just not getting it. This is not some mainstream movie by any means. It is dark, twisted and random. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kevino
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Dark, dark, dark and hilarious. Not for everyone but highly underrated. This is one you'll want to watch over and over and end up quoting
Published 4 months ago by Logjammin
3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry?
While Dirty Harry might frown on some of the actions of Seth Rogen's mall cop character (i.e. racial profiling to the extreme, possible date rape, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Philip Scholz
5.0 out of 5 stars be ready to laugh
hilarious. A dark comedy for sure. Characters are lovable especially Seth Rogen as Ronnie. His boss and coworkers are ineffectual and hilarious. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jenn
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