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Observe and Report
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Oct 8, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Jody Hill

Actors:
Seth Rogen
Anna Faris
Ray Liotta

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ronnie's a bi-polar mall security guard dreaming of two things: becoming a cop and banging the chick who works the makeup counter. But deep down I think he really just wants to carry a gun. When a streaker starts terrorizing his mall, Ronnie becomes hell bent on proving himself by catching him before the cops do.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I guess I should really start by saying this was a terribly awkward movie. I mean, the trailers would have you believe it's an underdog comedy about a mall security guard dishing out the smackdown, but the reality is quite different. This movie feels a bit more like a drama flick with lots of swearing, abrupt (in your face) moments meant to shock, yet all the while trying to cling to this "just your average guy" routine. Ronnie IS your average (not too bright) bully from school, all grown up and on a power trip in a dead end job while suffering from delusions of grandeur. He comes off more tragic, if not pathetic, than anything making OBSERVE AND REPORT a very poor comedy.

Now I'm not saying this movie was completely horrible or unfunny (though it clearly takes more than Seth Rogen's face on the poster to make a worthwhile comedy). Maybe the trailers had it wrong and director Jody Hill didn't envision this movie as a comedy. If so, he really should fire his advertising agents because that's what ninety percent of people walking into the theater or renting this baby are expecting: A Seth Rogen comedy. MONSTERS VS ALIENS would be your best bet if that's what you're looking for. At least Bob will keep you constantly entertained. Rogen was good, don't get me wrong, so was Anna Faris (and gad damn was she looking hot), hell, I even enjoyed seeing Ray Liotta's washed up ass in there. The acting wasn't the problem; it was the tone and overall atmosphere. I just don't like being misled.

Perhaps had I watched director Jody Hill’s THE FOOT FIST WAY, I may have been properly set up for what this flick had to offer, as I hear there’s quite a bit of similarities when it comes to overall presence and style. That said, perhaps my opinion here is slightly jaded because of it, but I’ll let you decide for yourself as most of the people I know didn’t care for this film either.

When I hit a comedy (or what looks like one from the trailers) I expect to laugh…a lot. I didn't here, which is fine, just unexpected and a little annoying, much like this flick's oddly out of place score (talk about your poor choice of tunes). I didn't enjoy OBSERVE AND REPORT, there was a good idea here, but the director played it like a three way intersection and just couldn't choose a direction so he tried to go in all three. And because of this, the end product was off and somewhat over the top. One final though, I'm so overjoyed to see Hollywood has overcome the obstacles surrounding the addition of the male penis in film these days, nothing says "thumbs up" like a shriveled up wiener! So don't be fooled (like I was), this one's rental fare for a rainy day. Just make sure you trick your significant other into paying for it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Seth Rogen, Anna Faris & Director Jody Hill: This is the first time I’ve seen a separate box come up at the bottom right of the screen showing the people who’re doing the commentary and it’s quite cool to see. This is a lot like Rogen’s PINEAPPLE EXPRESS commentary (funny and relaxed) with Faris replacing Franco as his wing man. Love the shades Jody.

Additional/Extended Scenes: Twenty-seven minutes of extended scenes featuring lots more over-the-top language and antics. Thankfully they’ve chosen some of the more funny scenes here, but they still manage to fall kinda flat for me.

Gag Reel: This twelve minute montage starts off pretty funny (despite the two minutes of lame puppy jokes), but focuses more on additional curses than anything else, quickly losing steam and feeling a tad forced.

Seth Rogen & Anna Faris: Unscripted: A seven minute “rough around the edges” look into the various versions of their restaurant scene together. Both go all out with their improve acts, as far as the scripted scene goes, which ends up being completely different when they’re done.

Basically Training: A quick guide to Ronnie’s “raging power trip” security guard tactics. This film ended up being surprisingly physical for Rogen, with a pile of fight sequences and countless other stunts, all of which he did on his own. Very cool.

Forrest Ridge Mall: Security Recruitment Video: A hilarious (fictional) Job Recruitment Video for a security position at the mall, which pretty implies that if you’re fully functional and can breath, you too can be a security guard. The taser looks fun.

There is also a DIGITAL COPY of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The trailer for this film looked good. Anna Faris’ cleavage looks REALLY good. The idea being presented here remotely appears to strike common ground with the Mike Judge film crowd, without the laughs, and fails as a comedy because of it. You’ll love it or you'll hate it, but either way, make sure you only rent it.
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