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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ronnie
... Detective Harrison
... Dennis
... Brandi
... Mark
... Charles
... John Yuen
... Matt Yuen (as Matthew Yuan)
... Mom
... Nell
... Flasher
Alston Brown ... Bruce
Cody Midthunder ... D-Rock
Debra-Jayne Brown ... Female Reporter
... Saddamn
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Right now, the world needs a hero.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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)  »

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Cuidado con el guardia  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,017,334, 12 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,993,605, 12 June 2009
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Warner Brothers was concerned about the dark subject matter and demanded the production team come up with a "lighter, softer" version of the film. It was not until test audiences gave the edited version poorer test scores than the original version that Warner Brothers let them release the film in its original form. See more »

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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

Mom: I just want you to know, I'm ready to make a change.
Ronnie Barnhardt: You gonna stop drinking?
Mom: I'm switching to beer.
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Written by Michael Evans, Reg King and Roger Powell
Performed by The Action
Courtesy of Parasol Records
By Arrangement with Sugaroo!
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One Seriously Underrated Comedy
16 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Observe and Report. No, it is not a ripoff of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, lets get that out of the way right now. This movie has been troubled since the very beginning and has been disowned by critics for being too dark to be funny. Dark? Yes, this movie has its share of politically incorrect humor and gratuitous violence played up for laughs. But to call it not funny…. I simply cannot fathom why anyone did. This movie is a laugh-out-loud spectacle. Its almost as good in the way that Bad Santa was good. Seth Rogen even plays his character akin to Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (minus the Oscar worthiness and anything that made Travis Bickle a classic character of course, I'm not equating Rogen to DeNiro). The rest of the cast exemplified terrific comedic timing, especially Ray Liotta. If your looking for laughs, this movie is up your ally. Its in the same league as Kick-Ass and Bad Santa for sure. As for the critics… well… prior to the film's release, the stock market crashed. I blame the economy for this one. Times are a little bit better, and so is this movie. Give it a watch.


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