Observe and Report is not for the easily offended, the squeamish, the anti-violent, or those of your who don’t understand real, in your face sarcasm. This is not a feel good comedy. There are NO characters that you side with or feel for. They are all truly horrible people that you watch slowly destroy their lives through their own stupidity.
If you can handle all of this, then you are going to LOVE this movie…
It’s unlike anything else what audiences are used to watching. Much like what Jody Hill brought to us in The Foot Fist Way, it’s a comedy that focuses on the absurd things that people do without ever really connecting to them. You watch these insane and passionate people try to achieve their goals of love, honor, and success by doing a number of truly horrible things that make you despise them and yet enjoy laughing at them. Hill is constantly pushing the boundaries, from the male lead having sex with an unconscious woman after she’s downed a bottle of pills and tequila, to him trying to become a cop so that you’re allowed to shoot people.
The film is about a bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) who is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper’s paradise into his personal peep show, while also trying to win the heart of make-up counter clerk, Brandi (Anna Faris). But when Barnhardt can’t bring the culprit to justice, Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) gets in his way and everything goes completely insane.
The thing that really makes this film apart is Seth Rogen’s intensity. His character is so over the top and yet he plays it with such a straight face that you really buy his character. Anna Faris was good as the completely un-likable bitchy dream girl, although I did find her pouting lips to be a bit distracting. Other than that, appearances by Ray Liotta, Collette Wolfe, Michael Peña, and the twins John and Matt Yuan all add the “charm” of this film.
There are a number of scenes that made me think, “I can’t believe they went there” and then they pushed it past that. Everything seems so wrong and yet they say the one thing that can make it right. Some of you may think they’ve gone too far, but I say with a film like this, why the hell not? This is not a film you learn or grow from. It’s a film where you go an laugh at the characters for how insane they are.
So lighten up, have a dri, and go and have some fun with Observe and Report in theaters now April 10th, 2009.