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Observe and Report (2009)

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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.

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Storyline

Ronnie Barnhardt lives with his alcoholic mother. He's chief security guard at Forest Ridge Mall, where he's in love with Brandi, a cosmetic sales clerk, and gets a free coffee each day from Nell, a cheery clerk in the food court. A flasher haunts the mall's parking lot, and at night, thefts occur. Ronnie is intent on catching the criminals but has no investigative skills, is delusional about his abilities, and makes mad accusations. His bête noire is Detective Harrison, the city cop sent to investigate. Ronnie thinks he could be an officer, thinks he stands a chance with Brandi, and slowly loses his self control. Will reality set in? What about redemption? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Right now, the world needs a hero.

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Rated R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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10 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuidado con el guardia  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 856,057 (Canada) (12 April 2009)

Gross:

$23,993,605 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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Trivia

The main role was intended by writer/director Jody Hill to be played by Danny McBride, as a follow up to their previous collaboration 'The Foot Fist Way (2006)', but the studio wanted Rogen as he was a bigger name at the time. Once production began, Hill next wanted McBride to play Detective Harrison but he ultimately could not commit to the time needed for the role because of other projects. Ray Liotta ended up playing Detective Harrison and McBride appeared in one scene as the Crackhead. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Rogan is accusing the Indian mall worker of being the streaker as he massages lotion into a high school chick, you notice as they are going back and forth saying "f*** you" there is a woman pushing a stroller in the right background by the kiosk who disappears and reappears while they are cursing at each other. See more »

Quotes

Dennis: I ain't going to lie to you Ronnie, there is nothing good about this at all.
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Super Freek (Remix)
Written and Performed by Amanda Blank and Aaron LaCrate
Courtesy of Milkcrate Records
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It's a Dark Comedy People
14 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought it was good. Not the most hilarious movie ever made, but most definitely funny.

I'm a bit puzzled as to the outlook of most of the negative reviews, so I will address a few points that have been repeatedly made.

"It's not realistic"

It's a comedy. It's unrealisticness is part of the joke.

"The main character is unsympathetic"

This was quite obviously not some type of accident. The guy is a weirdo and a loser, as he is supposed to be. This is also part of the joke.

"It was offensive"

If you're watching a "dark comedy" and find yourself surprised when you see something offensive - you're doing it wrong.


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