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Observe and Report -- Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher in his shopper's paradise. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective, is recruited to close the case.
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Right now, the world needs a hero.
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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An Archetype of Misled Machismo See more (249 total) »

Cast

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Seth Rogen ... Ronnie

Ray Liotta ... Detective Harrison

Michael Peña ... Dennis

Anna Faris ... Brandi

Dan Bakkedahl ... Mark

Jesse Plemons ... Charles

John Yuan ... John Yuen

Matt Yuan ... Matt Yuen (as Matthew Yuan)

Celia Weston ... Mom

Collette Wolfe ... Nell

Randy Gambill ... Flasher
Alston Brown ... Bruce
Cody Midthunder ... D-Rock
Debra-Jayne Brown ... Female Reporter

Aziz Ansari ... Saddamn

Eddie Rouse ... Angry Store Owner

Patton Oswalt ... Toast A Bun Manager

Lauren Miller ... Girl Employee (as Lauren A. Miller)
Rafael Herrera ... Janitor

Ben Best ... Detective Nichols

William Sterchi ... Department Store Manager
Robbie Hill ... Tyler
Marlon Cunningham ... Little Kid

Danny McBride ... Caucasian Crackhead
Milos Milicevic ... Random Crackhead
Antonia DeNardo ... Hot Clerk
Danielle Martin ... Young Girl

David House ... Policeman

Fran Martone ... Psychologist
Gail L. Harrington ... Flashed Lady

Cody Weselis ... Skateboarder (as Cody Tyler Weselis)

Wyatt Tipton ... Skateboarder
Shane Habberstad ... Skateboarder
Dylan Hice ... Skateboarder
Lucy Hill ... Makeup Counter Lady
Parker Ewing ... Young Girl Shoplifter
Ivan Kraljevic ... Mall Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amy Baklini ... Young Mother (uncredited)
Derek Blakeney ... Mall Patron (uncredited)

Tina Borek ... Cosmetic Counter Employee (uncredited)

Kevin Christopher Brown ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Shane Crown ... Stationery Store Clerk (uncredited)
Kathryn Dove ... Mall Employee (uncredited)

Zach Dulin ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Chase A. Fox ... Boy on Train (uncredited)
Alison Grainger ... Shopper (uncredited)
Cliff Gravel ... Mall Shopper (uncredited)
Jamie Haqqani ... Detective (uncredited)
Alessandra Hayden ... Mall Employee (uncredited)
William T. Johnson ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Carlton Liggins ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Beth Lucero ... Mall Patron (uncredited)

Alexandria Morrow ... Mall Girl (uncredited)

Paul J. Porter ... Mall Shopper (uncredited)
Michael Neal Powell ... Postman (uncredited)
David T. Quan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Clarence Searles ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Sandi K Shelby ... Frightened Shopper (uncredited)

River Shields ... Child in Mall (uncredited)

Z. Ray Wakeman ... Mall Executive (uncredited)
Louis Brandon Warfel ... Cop (uncredited)
Foued Zayani ... CSI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Jody Hill 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jody Hill (written by)

Produced by
Donald De Line .... producer
Marty P. Ewing .... executive producer (as Marty Ewing)
William Fay .... executive producer
Andrew Haas .... executive producer
Jon Jashni .... executive producer
Thomas Tull .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Stephens 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
 
Casting by
Jo Edna Boldin 
Sheila Jaffe 
 
Production Design by
Chris L. Spellman 
 
Art Direction by
Masako Masuda 
 
Set Decoration by
Helen Britten 
 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Lorraine N. Alex .... additional hair stylist
Enid Arias .... department head hair
Garnett Burk .... key hair stylist
Berlinda Cantu-Lewis .... additional hair stylist
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head
Tarra D. Day .... special makeup applications
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup effects artist (as Matthew Mungle)
Angelique Ortiz .... additional make-up
Sheila Trujillo-Gomez .... key makeup artist
Frieda Valenzuela .... makeup artist: second unit
Corey Welk .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
Todd Ulman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Hymes .... second unit director
Ivan Kraljevic .... key second assistant director
Milos Milicevic .... first assistant director
Denise Anderson Poore .... second second assistant director
Darin Rivetti .... first assistant director: second unit
Marcia Woske .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Brett Andrews .... assistant property master
James Barth .... construction general foreman
Thomas J. Barton .... greensman
Jess Coffer .... set dresser
Jason Delap .... set dresser
Christian Di Salvo .... set dresser
Leandro Di Salvo .... staff assistant
William Eliscu .... graphic designer
Robert Fechtman .... set designer
Amy Giedraitis .... props
Virginia Hopkins .... lead painter
Robert Jackson .... set dresser
Arlen Johnson .... construction general foreman
Kristen Kogler .... art department coordinator
Ben Lowney .... property master
Amy Marsh .... art department coordinator
Ashley Michelle Marsh .... art department production assistant
Geni McAndrews .... staff assistant
John McKey .... storyboard artist
Nichole Miller .... paint foreman
Randy Moffitt .... property maker
Leigh Anne Montaño .... set decorating coordinator (as Leigh Anne Stoudenmire)
Johanna Nelson .... production design assistant
Daniel Noah .... construction buyer
Sara M. Pennington .... product placement/clearance coordinator (as Sara M. Lewis)
Christina Pizzala .... set painter
Lisanne Scafine .... set dressing buyer
Ian Scroggins .... set dresser
Zack Shisslak .... leadman
Juan Souter .... set dresser
Rachel Srigley .... set dresser
Thomas Traugott .... leadman
Christopher Windisch .... construction coordinator
Colin Zaug .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Bob Beher .... foley supervisor
Sandy Berman .... sound editor
Christof Gebert .... production sound mixer
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Charles Hamilton .... temp-dub recordist
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer
Jason Oliver .... adr recordist
Steve Pederson .... re-recording mixer
Mark Purcell .... dubbing recordist
Terry Rodman .... re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Katherine Rose .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Edwardo Santiago .... sound utility
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Zac Sneesby .... sound mixer: second unit
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Joseph Stephens .... boom operator (as Joey Stephens)
Jake Wilson .... foley mixer
Ross Wissbaum .... adr recordist
Ryland Witten-Smith .... sound utility
David Wolowic .... first assistant sound editor (as Dave Wolowic)
Ryan Young .... additional adr mixer (as Ryan D. Young)
 
Special Effects by
Compton Brodhead .... special effects foreman (as D. Compton Brodhead)
Scott Forbes .... special effects coordinator
Dick Hogle .... pyrotechnician
Daniel Holt .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
John Carcieri .... post production assistant
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Chris B. Schnitzer .... director of visual effects: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Laura Albert .... stunt performer
Randall Archer .... stunt double: Danny Mcbride
Jeff Brockton .... stunts
Mark Brooks .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
Eddie Fiola .... stunts
Christian J. Fletcher .... stunt rigger
Al Goto .... stunts
Sean Graham .... stunt double
Mark Hicks .... stunt performer
Mark Hicks .... stunts
Collin Hymes .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator (as Gary M. Hymes)
Michael R. Long .... stunts
Tom McComas .... stunt performer
Angelique Midthunder .... stunt double
Lin Oeding .... stunts
Steve Rizzo .... stunt double: Seth Rogen
Jimmy Romano .... stunts
Brady Romberg .... stunt actor
Tomas Sanchez .... stunt performer
Mike Seal .... stunt performer
Russell Solberg .... stunt performer
Ryan Staats .... stunts
McKay Stewart .... stunts
Sonny Surowiec .... stunt performer
Shelby Swatek .... stunts
Wyatt Tipton .... stunts: skateboard kid
Jay Torrez .... stunts
Jermaine Washington .... stunt performer
Jeff Brockton .... stunt double: Ray Liotta (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... director of photography: second unit (as Michael A. Benson)
Matt Bizer .... second video assist operator
James M. Black .... rigging technician (as James Black)
Theodore Y. Bott .... best boy electric: second unit
Jonathon Bradley .... chief lighting technician
Michael A. Chavez .... camera operator: "a" camera: second unit
Matthew Coleman .... lighting technician
James F. Cornick .... rigging gaffer
Jacob Cottrell .... electrician
James B. Crawford .... chief lighting technician: seond unit
Morgan Davis .... grip
Ronald K. De torres .... lighting console programmer
Shane Duckworth .... additional second assistant camera
Allen Eaves .... rigging electrician
Brent Egan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Matt Ervin .... electrician
Justin Geoffroy .... video assist
Lamarr Gray .... assistant chief lighting technician
Steven A. Guerrero .... b dolly grip
Steven A. Guerrero .... key grip: second unit
Steven A. Guerrero .... second unit: key grip
Ian Hanna .... grip
Greg Hewett .... key rigging grip
Tom Hutchinson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jason Kilgore .... chief rigging technician
Kurt Kornemann .... best boy grip
Jason Linebaugh .... lighting technician
Otis Mannick .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Robert L. Mant .... second assistant camera: second unit
Luis Martinez .... lighting technician
David Melhorn .... second unit lighting technician
Dave Midthunder .... rigging grip
Lea E. Miller .... grip
David Jaxx Nagro .... dolly grip
Charlie Newberry .... second assistant camera: second unit
Guy Olds .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jeremy Antonio Oliver .... rigging electrician
Matthew A. Petrosky .... Steadicam operator
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jessica Ramos .... film loader
Walter 'Bud' Scott .... key grip
Nick Shuster .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Alejandro Snodgrass .... grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Eric Steinig .... dolly grip: second unit
Eric Steinig .... grip
Mark Steinig .... best boy rigging grip
George Stephenson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Stefan Tarzan .... additional camera assistant
Paige Thomas .... camera operator: "c" camera: second unit
Jorn Vylonis .... second unit electrician
Ralph Watson .... camera operator: "b" camera: second unit
Cody West .... grip
Dwayne Willis .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Karin Aragon .... extras casting assistant
Michael Scott Baker .... extras casting assistant
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting director
Marie A. Kohl .... casting associate
Ruth Salen .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Carnevale .... key costumer
Jessica Peel .... assistant costume designer
Claire Sandrin .... set costumer
Mitchell Travers .... costume intern
 
Editorial Department
Sara Hyoun .... assistant editor
Kathleen Latlip .... assistant editor
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate producer
April McMorris .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Underwood .... digital intermediate colorist
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor
Michael A. Webber .... additional film editor
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer (uncredited)
Daniel Paress .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Brett Heicher .... location production assistant
David Israel .... location manager
Lee David Lee .... key assistant location manager
Cyndy McCrossen .... assistant location manager
Hilton Clay Peres .... location scout
 
Music Department
Christian Almiron .... music editor
Ryan Blaine .... score recordist
Bob Engel .... score engineer
Scott Nurkin .... score recordist
Joseph Stephens .... score recordist
Richard Ziegler .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... genny operator
Greg Bronner .... transportation captain
Charley Bob Burnham .... driver
Penny Hicks .... driver
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator
Harold L. Woods .... driver generator operator
 
Other crew
Lynn Ambrosino .... production assistant: second unit
Alexander Andrews .... staff assistant
Matthew Bass .... assistant: Seth Rogen (as Matt Bass)
Spencer Beighley .... staff assistant
Natalie Bloomer .... additional set production assistant
Daniel Booko .... adr loop artist
John Carcieri .... set staff assistant
Joann Connolly .... additional set production assistant
Dax A. Cuesta .... second assistant accountant
Robert Cupp .... staff assistant
Amy Czigan .... staff assistant
Angelina Del Rio .... staff assistant
Lisa Dilenschneider .... assistant: Andrew Haas
Francisco A. Fernandez .... office production assistant
Mathew Ferrante .... production coordinator: Warner Bros.
Carey Field .... set production assistant
Matt Gamboa .... staff assistant
Audrey Garrison .... studio teacher
Colin Garza .... set production assistant
Marissa M. Gonzales .... accounting clerk
Kevin Graham-Caso .... assistant: Jody Hill
Dia Hahn .... studio teacher
Sean Halvorson .... stand-in: Seth Rogen
Karen A. Harris .... assistant office production coordinator
Hillary Higgins .... staff assistant (as Hillary A. Higgins)
Rebecca Hilliard .... production coordinator
Alex Holcomb .... assistant: Donald De Line
Jason Huberman .... sr. estimator
Scott Hussion .... set staff assistant
Jim Ivy .... set medic
Ryan Spencer Jackson .... set medic
David Jacobson .... assistant: Marty Ewing
Elissa Kannon .... additional assistant production coordinator
Brady Kephart .... production assistant
Brad LaChance .... stand-in
Erin Lander .... adr loop group
Kym Langlie .... unit publicist
Ian Larsson .... additional location assistant
Brian G. Lax .... key medic
Ashley Marie Lowry .... set staff assistant
Mamie Mitchell .... additional script supervisor
Walter E. Myal .... additional set production assistant
Michael Neal .... payroll accountant
Tiffany Patterson .... set production assistant
Ryan J. Pezdirc .... additional set production assistant
Mayda Renizzi-Holt .... first accountant
Ken Ryan .... production accountant
Ben Salazar .... staff assistant
Brendan Shepherd .... assistant production coordinator
Juan Torres Jr. .... security gaffer
Lisa Vanallen .... key craft service
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor
Sarah J. Williams .... production secretary
Helena Wyss .... set medic
Emily Lipson Zambello .... studio teacher
Tim Granlund .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Lubov .... financing (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence
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86 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:16 | Malaysia:U (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45064)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: During the night robbery, several clothing racks are ransacked before the robber moves on to the shoe store. However, there are no visible clothing racks in the shoe store when the police investigates, and nobody ever says anything about a separate clothing store robbery - Ronnie and Harrison only mention the shoe store.See more »
Quotes:
Saddamn:You wanna cover them little breasts with some bubbles?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Help Is on Its WaySee more »

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36 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
An Archetype of Misled Machismo, 11 June 2010
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

I always knew the Judd Apatow crowd was of higher caliber than many others in their genre field. Even when they don't work under Apatow, there is real work, wit and earned laughs in what they do, and here is a film that is a perfect example of how elemental film techniques can make a movie funny. Music and slow motion work in favor of the main character's mindset, but the reactions of his surrounding characters are deadly opposite. He is delusional to the point that he is dangerous. At one point later, there is mention of his being a bipolar case, but not just to lend clarification to his behavior but more to ground him in a real-world everyman situation which makes his heroic, narcissistic delusions all the more unexpectedly genuine.

Seth Rogen's Ronnie Barnhardt exemplifies both the old-school hardass and the modern-day dumbass, and while he merely defends the domain of Forest Ridge Mall, he does so with an aggrandized self-image and the most brutal of temperaments. If it weren't for those bothersome psychological evaluations, he might even be a cop by now. Rather, he's an archetype of misled masculine vigor on a mission: to stop the flasher who has been threatening his territory.

One would imagine it'd be a light storyline, one convenient for the cheaper tendencies of SNL or MAD TV, yet Rogen and writer-director Jody Hill extract a subversively funny character study about a depraved man and his perverse perception of what it means to be a hero. In Ronnie's mind, to save the day means busting out the Taser with his sidekick, a speech-defective Michael Peña, by his side; to love a woman (Anna Faris, as funny and foul as ever) means essentially committing date rape. He is sexist and racist.

There's a good deal of immediate laughs to be had here, found in Ronnie's behavior with another character and how they're oblivious to each other in some way or another, or how Hard rock music and strutting slo-mo complement him while on-lookers are dumbfounded or confused or shocked. For example, Hill gives Ray Liotta his best role in awhile, sharply utilizing his intense temperament to make his character funny. But Hill appears more focused on getting under the skin and verging extremities in order to get a better grasp of who Ronnie is and why he behaves the way he does. Perhaps it's Ronnie's bipolar tendencies that propel the plot, leading our impassioned protagonist to a downfall and a warped idea of redemption. Ronnie isn't an antihero. He's a hero in his own mind and his own territory, and Rogen is more acutely committed to this performance than any before, leaping in with profundity and brooding. Therein lies the distinction between the bottom-feeding shenanigans of one Paul Blart and those of Ronnie Barnhardt.

The grandest indication that Rogen and Hill have scored something above average is when the authentic jolt and utter hilarity of a peak moment of violence reveals the stunner that everything had led up to that moment within reason, if only in Ronnie's line of reasoning. There is always something more rewarding about a comedy that achieves a careful tonal balancing act.

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