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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.

Director:

Jody Hill

Writer:

Jody Hill
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alston Brown ... Bruce
Cody Midthunder Cody Midthunder ... D-Rock
Debra-Jayne Brown Debra-Jayne Brown ... Female Reporter
Aziz Ansari ... Saddamn
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Right now, the world needs a hero.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuidado con el guardia See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The speech from his mother about being special that Ronnie receives in his bedroom is extremely similar to the speech the character Bruce Banner receives from his mother in his bedroom in Hulk (2003). The mothers giving both of those speeches were played by Celia Weston. See more »

Goofs

When Ronnie is doing his monologue in the background when he's looking at himself in the mirror (right after the bench press scene), it is obvious there is a different person looking into the bogus mirror because his body movements are not consistent with his reflection. See more »

Quotes

Dennis: My bad, my blunder.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Constantly Falling
Written by David Tough and J.D. F. Dohnal
Performed by Dave Tough
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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User Reviews

 
Twisted, dark comedy at its best
27 July 2010 | by dawnrzrSee all my reviews

This movie surprised me in a very positive way, i really liked the balance of dark and gritty comedy but at the same time also cute and beautiful (often in a very twisted way).

It was a refreshing movie to watch, maybe not as good as Bad-Ass (exact same kind of twisted humor) but nevertheless a movie that shouldn't be missed by anyone who loves dark comedy.

With comedy and horror it's impossible to go by the IMDb score, i think a 6 a way too low rating for this movie, but if you're frequent IMDb visitor you know about this already. People just have extremely varied taste when it comes to comedy and horror, either you love it or you hate it..


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