This film is for Seth Rogen fans. Those of you that love everything Seth Rogen does, are just waiting with bated breath to see the next stupid thing that he does and rip up laughing, this review you can skip. The Seth fanboys know they will love this movie, no matter what he does they will laugh. I like Seth Rogen as much as the next guy, this film, not so much.
The film starts off reasonably well. Seth Rogen plays Ronnie, a mall cop that is very serious about his job and really wants to be a cop. Hmmm, does that sound a tiny bit familiar? Kind of like Paul Blart: Mall Cop? Well, yes it most certainly does. The two movies are very much alike. The big difference, Paul Blart is kind hearted and a farce. Observe and Report has a dark nasty mean spirited center. Ronnie's mother is an alcoholic. He lives at home. He goes to work every day and drools over the blonde perfume counter girl, Brandi played by Anna Faris (Scary Movie series). Everyone in the mall makes fun of Ronnie. He dreams of solving the huge crime, a flasher in the parking lot, a robbery, and then he can prove he's police material. Ronnie tries to enter the police force but is rejected. He then swears revenge on the nasty police force and will solve the two crimes. Ray Liotta plays an nasty mean cop that feels threatened by Ronnie.
OK, the funniest joke. Mom says to Ronnie, when you came home last night, I was passed out on the couch and messed myself. A good son would have cleaned me up. Why didn't you clean me?
The most disgusting moment of the film, near the end, the flasher starts running around the mall with his overcoat open. He is an overweight, 40 year old balding man, that we get to see in full frontal nudity running for a solid two or three minutes. It is not a pretty sight by any strech of the imagination.
There just isn't much funny in this film. The jokes are all backed with some very painful ugly actions or words. Where Paul Blart was a likeable silly guy, Ronnie is a mean, not very bright, wanna be policeman. I didn't care much for Blart, but I liked him much more than Ronnie.
This is an R rated movie and has no business being shown to anyone younger than that age. There are horrible racial jokes, strong language, violence, and full frontal male nudity (you should really protect your children's eyes from that horrible scene).
With sublime awkwardness, Seth Rogen throws himself into the role of a deluded, socially inept shopping mall security guard. Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen) protects his little kingdom with a mixture of grandiose passion and borderline incompetence; he can’t catch a flasher in the parking lot or a thief with inside connections because his prejudices and desires cloud his ability to see what’s right in front of him--all he can see is the trashy cosmetics salesgirl Brandi (Anna Faris) who thinks he’s nothing but a creep. Though he resents the intrusion of a police detective (Ray Liotta), Ronnie decides to pursue his true dream: Becoming a cop so he can carry a gun. The plot isn’t what matters inObserve and Report--this comedy is about letting talented actors create strange characters with enough roots in reality to make them very, very funny. Even the supporting actors shine with a mixture of weirdness and banality, including Michael Peña (Crash) as Ronnie’s sidekick who turns out to have a secret life, and Celia Weston (Junebug) as Ronnie’s boozing and wildly inappropriate mother. Writer/director Jody Hill (The Fist Foot Way) has a gift for pushing an ordinary moment into comic exaggeration, though he doesn’t always find the right balance; every now and thenObserve and Reportveers into territory that’s funny, but undercuts the movie’s internal reality, and there are several moments of unexpectedly graphic violence that will...