Observe and Report

Observe and Report (2009)

R  86 min  -  Comedy | Crime | Drama   -  10 April 2009 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 31,035 users   Metascore: 54/100 
Reviews: 222 user | 174 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

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.


Jody Hill


Jody Hill

This movie is proof that the often times misunderstood Seth Rogen is indeed a fine actor. In my humble opinion, if someone starts off a bad actor but they keep getting roles in big budget pictures, such as Affleck and Clooney, they have no choice but to actually mature into a good actor.

This seems to have happened with the mighty Seth Rogen and yes, he does now deserve "the mighty" in front of his name.

The plot centers around Ronnie Barnhardt, who I think most of us can agree is bipolar, who is a brave and dedicated mall security guard. In fact, he is the top mall security guard at a mall located in a city that remains unnamed.

When a flasher arrives on the scene and flashed Ronnie's secret crush, a cosmetics girl played by Anna Faris (the ditsy blonde character we've seen her play in many movies now) things are set into motion. Things, that Ronnie begins to believe, will help Ronnie better his life.

There is an all around great supporting cast, including Ray Liotta who channels his goodfellas character, if his character in goodfellas had gone the other way and become a detective.

The beauty for me in this is Rogen's stubbornness, earnestness and general good will as he makes the mistake of going off his meds to become a better man.

The results . . . well . . . you'll have to watch the movie, but this darkly funny and sweet at the same time.