Excerpt: I find it simply amazing how different studios seem to put “twin” movies out in the same calendar year. Think “Tombstone” and “Wyatt Earp” back in 1993 or “Dante’s Peak” and “Volcano” in 1997 and now we have “Observe and Report” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” in the same year. Truthfully, I had no idea that there was that much call for a film about a mall security guard, let alone two but it goes to show you what I know.
Excerpt: If you've seen its red-band trailer , then you've seen the best of Observe and Report , the nasty little comedy that, with any luck, signals the end of the mall-cop micro-genre. You've seen Seth Rogen's anti-Blart, leading his rogue security detail in a quest to nab the flasher threatening his retail idyll. You've seen him defending the honor of his cosmetics-counter dream girl, the flasher's most distressed victim.
Conclusion: What more can I say? 'Observe and Report' is crude, inmature, and insults the viewers' intelligence. There's also a major problem when we can't warm up to the main character at all, and that in turn severely diminishes the impact of any potential comedy. Fans looking for supplements will only find them on this Blu-ray version, which does come with competent audio and video, but this is one film you have to enter at your own risk.
Excerpt: At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist. The master of his domain, he combats skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. Ronnie's delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher.
Excerpt: Observe and Report is an odd, bizarre movie. What initially seems like an R-rated version of Paul Blart becomes dark, hard to watch, and terribly unfunny. Seth Rogen is Ronnie, the head of mall security with (as we learn later) bi-polar disorder. He flies off the handle randomly, and it is hard to tell whether or not it is his condition or his general lack of intelligence is playing a role in this behavior.
Conclusion: I should probably feel guilty for laughing as much as I did, but as far as I'm concerned, Observe and Report is one of the funniest comedies of 2009. While it's far from perfect, I have a feeling I'll be revisiting Forest Ridge again in the near future. Warner's high definition efforts slapped a grin on my face as well.
Excerpt: Even dangerous lunatics have dreams. Just because you’re crazy doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to something higher, greater than yourself. All his life Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) has dreamed of serving something bigger than he is, all his life he’s dreamed of justice. Unfortunately Ronnie’s view of justice isn’t exactly the norm.