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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
In Germany, the title was changed to "Shopping Center King". "Observe and Report" has connotations of surveillance, which has had devastating consequences for many Germans through the years, thus was considered inappropriate for a comedy. See more »
When Ronnie takes Brandy out to eat, he offers her his medication, when he holds it out the bottle is first shown upside down, then when the camera angle changes to show him taking them the bottle is now right side up. See more »
I ain't going to lie to you Ronnie, there is nothing good about this at all.
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I saw the same screening mentioned below in New York last week. Jody Hill introduced the film and told us it was not finished but it still was pretty awesome. I liked Hill's Foot Fist Way and this was something like that but even wilder. Seth Rogen plays a hyped up mall security guard who wants nothing more than to be able to carry a gun and carry off Anna Faris' character a hot counter girl at the mall.
While it will receive obvious comparisons with Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the world of Observe and Report makes Blart's look like Rodeo Drive on a warm spring day. Hill has a gift for mining comedy out of the mundane, and he effectively populates his mall with a hilarious food court of human pain.
Rogen adds a surprising depth to his usual comic genius as the bipolar Ronnie. Faris is a disgusting delight--one of the few actresses who can remain attractive even while she's throwing up. Her performance reminds us why she is one of the best comediennes working today.
Ray Liotta brings his distinct brand of over-the-top hilarity to the role of Detective Harrison. Patton Oswalt, Michael Pena, and Azis Ansari are a perfect supporting cast. While most of Observe's key male demographic will be horrified to find the graphic nudity is primarily of the non-female persuasion, it effectively sets up a world where anything can, and does, happen. This is perhaps Hill's greatest strengthhe's willing to push the boundaries of comedy to the very edge, resulting in a fresh, daring voice that will leave audiences sore from laughter.
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