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.
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Billy Bob Thornton,
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
Warner Bros. was concerned about the dark subject matter and demanded the production team come up with a "lighter, softer" version of the film. It wasn't until test audiences gave the edited version poorer test scores than the original version that Warner Bros. let them release the film in its original form. See more »
When Brandi and Detective Harrison are having sex in his car, Detective Harrison repeatedly says the name Mandy instead of Brandi. See more »
Mediocre Comedy,but Still has Some Very Funny Scenes,
Observe and Report is a decent movie with a good storyline and a great comedic cast.It certainly isn't a perfect or even great comedy but it is still very watchable and has plenty of genuinely funny scenes.This movie came out around the same time as Paul Blart: Mall Cop and a lot of people complained about how similar they are,while,they are both about mall cops,this movie is way better and is not very similar to the other movie,this has a lot of black comedy and it dosen't try to make you feel sorry for the character constantly,also Seth Rogen is a much more likable main role than Kevin James is.It certainly isn't a great or outstanding comedy,and nowhere near some of Rogen's best work,but Observe and Report is still quite funny at times,and is worth the worth if you're looking for a quick comedy.
A delusional mall cop tries to solve the case of a mystery flasher who stalks his mall and the girl he likes
Best Performance: Seth Rogen Worst Performance: Michael Pena
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