Observe and Report

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  86 min.
Release Date: April 10, 2009
DVD: September 22, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 2.47
based on 351 votes and 69 reviews
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Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Peña, Celia Weston, Collette Wolfe, Ray Liotta


At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) 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. Driven by his personal duty to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn him a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi (Anna Faris), the hot makeup counter clerk who won't give him the time of day.

But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.

Director: Jody Hill
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Donald De Line
Screenplay: Jody Hill
Official Site: observe-and-report.warnerbros.com

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  • 3 stars "Funny even if a bit odd."
  • 2 stars "This is another movie that's quite hard to watch. It was not un-funny, but all the characters were so mean-spirited that it drained this film of the levity that it really would have benefitted from. I don't think Seth Rogen's talents were put to very good use, and the same is true for Anna Faris. There were a couple of really funny bits though, including the final apprehension of the flasher. But still, it was way too dark and depressing to be a geniune rollicking comedy."
  • 1 star "absolutely horrible."