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Observe and Report -- Catching a flasher may be mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt's ticket to a real police job and to romance with a hot cosmetics-counter princess.
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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Writer (WGA):
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10 April 2009 (USA) See more »
Right now, the world needs a hero.
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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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)

Steven Blacksmith ... Mall Shopper (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)
Foued Zayani ... CSI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Jody Hill 
Writing credits
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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Purcell .... dubbing recordist
Terry Rodman .... sound 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 D. Young .... additional adr mixer
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)
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)
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
Brett Heicher .... location production assistant
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
David Israel .... location manager
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
Lee David Lee .... key assistant location manager
Ashley Marie Lowry .... set staff assistant
Cyndy McCrossen .... assistant location manager
Mamie Mitchell .... additional script supervisor
Walter E. Myal .... additional set production assistant
Michael Neal .... payroll accountant
Tiffany Patterson .... set production assistant
Hilton Clay Peres .... location scout
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)

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Rated R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Brandi and Detective Harrison are having sex in his car, Detective Harrison repeatedly says the name Mandy instead of Brandi.See more »
Charles:[Charlie is asked to join the Special Elite Task Force] Wait a minute, are we getting paid extra for this? Because it seems like...
Ronnie Barnhardt:Let me ask you something - how much did they get paid to storm Normandy, how much did King Arthur get paid to kill Merlin, how much did they get paid to invent Television? Nothing. They did it because they knew it was right.
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62 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
It's all about your sense of humor, 12 May 2010
Author: bexandbarn from London, England

Firstly, this does not deserve a 10 out of 10 rating because it is not perfect, but it certainly doesn't deserve the many 1 out of 10 votes it has received. I am ranking it 10 out of 10 to redress the unfair balance.

You will see by the reviews for this movie already that you are either going to love it or hate it, it will be very difficult to feel indifferent about it. And why? Because some people are not going to find this funny. If you haven't laughed once after the first 10 minutes then you might as well turn it off. It's not for you, was never intended for you, so keep your opinions to yourself and move on to something designed for your more mainstream sense of humor. DO NOT tell everybody else in the World not to watch it because you are denying a potential audience a comedy classic.

To say that this is the worst movie ever made, as some reviewers have done, is preposterous and is just a reflection on the reviewers' taste, not a true representation of the movie.

I'm a bit fair-weather with these recent comedies. I loved Superbad and Pineapple Express, was fairly indifferent about 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and thought Zack & Mire was lame and puerile. As such, I was a bit skeptical about this film but I was wrong. This is better than all of the aforementioned because it appeals to my sick sense of humor and does not pull a single punch.

This film smashes so many taboos including police brutality, date rape, mental illness, alcoholism and racism. But it doesn't care. None of the above would be seen as any great topics for comedy but this film embraces all as if it is purposely trying to offend. It has clearly succeeded judging by the feedback here. But I loved it. Taboos are there to be exposed and smashed, and if you like your comedy to be near the knuckle and ground breaking then you will definitely love this film.

Seth is fantastic in the lead role. Very plausible and a definite deviation from his past roles. The supporting cast are also equally brilliant, especially his mother and Seth's co-workers. There is also no rationality behind this film so please ignore all the reviewers who claim certain aspects are implausible. Who cares? It is a comedy and the suspension of disbelief is paramount to the viewer's enjoyment.

In a nutshell, if you are not easily offended, like your humor to be in your face and boundary pushing (and most importantly, fairly sick) then you will love this film and laugh out loud throughout.

One other thing, the soundtrack is absolutely awesome with a great cover version of The Pixies' 'Where is my mind?' during one of the funniest scenes in the film, as well as a rocking song by Pyramid (a band I'd never heard of) during the end credits.

One of the best comedies I've seen in recent years, up with Bruno and Black Dynamite. And although it may not deserve the 10 out of 10 rating it is so close to comedy perfection.

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