Excerpt: "Bargain hunters at Forest Ridge Mall get more than they bargained for: a chubby flasher in a ratty bathrobe. They're repulsed. Security guard Ronnie Barnhardt isn't: "This disgusting pervert is the best thing that ever happened to me!" Catching the flasher may be his ticket to a real police job and to romance with a hot cosmetics-counter princess. Only one thing stands between Ronnie and destiny: a tall, handsome cop who actually knows what he's doing.
Excerpt: As a comedy, "Observe and Report" has such a dark and bizarre tone that it makes you unsure whether you can laugh at some of the jokes, although the diverse array of dysfunctional characters does eventually win you over.
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.
Summary: When Observe and Report first slid out of my Blu-ray player, I honestly had no idea what I had just watched. I only knew one thing: it was hilarious. With enough raunch and spittle to make the already tame Paul Blart: Mall Cop look like an episode of "Dora the Explorer," with enough shocks and surprises to leave me shaking my head and wiping tears out of my eyes, with enough sullen-faced dark comedy to make Judd Apatow and his ilk blush, Observe and Report is a blazing...
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.