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Though it has a mean streak, and does not cater to all tastes, Observe and Report has gut-busting laughs and a fully committed Seth Rogen in irresistible form. Read critic reviews

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As head of security at the Forest Ridge Mall, Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) takes his job very seriously, enforcing mall rules with an iron fist. When a flasher strikes Forest Ridge, Ronnie sees a chance to display his unappreciated cop skills and bring the felon to justice, and, at the same time, impress his dream girl (Anna Faris) and win a coveted spot at the police academy.

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Seth Rogen
Ronnie Barnhardt
Ray Liotta
Detective Harrison
John Yuan
John Yuen
Jody Hill
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Jody Hill
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Thomas Tull
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Jon Jashni
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Andrew Haas
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Marty P. Ewing
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William Fay
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Tim Orr
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Chris Spellman
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  • May 14, 2014
    I've heard somewhere that Observe and Report is Paul Blart Mall Cop in Quentin Tarantino style. Because I love Tarantino's style I thought I should check out the film. It was all right, funny at some parts, with a hilarious ending. Tarantino would've it done better, but the one who said it was his style mustn't have liked the master very much. Anyway, for me, Observe and Report was the American Hot Fuzz with less action and more obscene humor. The film was pretty average, but I liked it, it was good fun to watch. I like Seth Rogen, he was very good. This is the first movie I've ever seen Ray Liotta in, so I don't know what kind of actor he is, but he did a good job too. The main character is a mall cop (Seth Rogen), who wants to prove that he's better than everyone else thinks. He gets an opportunity when a flasher appears in the parking lot of the mall. He starts investigating, a cop (Ray Liotta) shows and some crazy things happen along the way. The film is good for those who like to hear many curse words, find sex jokes hilarious and aren't interested in good action. It wasn't a very good film, but certainly better than most movies of this caliber 3 stars 3-5-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2012
    A hit and miss and very dark acted comedy, Very few laughs but still pretty clever, It will only be enjoyed by a select group of movie goers.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2012
    It's difficult to explain why I gravitated towards this. Like everyone else at the time, I just assumed it was a clone of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and I didn't really give it a chance because of that. However, a couple of people whose opinions I respect were saying positive things about it so I decided to give it a shot. Observe and Report is not your typical family friendly Seth Rogen affair, nor it is the Judd Apatow show. Made by the director of The Foot Fist Way and Eastbound & Down, it's actually an extremely dark comedy. Both Rogen and Anna Faris are brilliant in it, and while the story can seem conventional on the surface, once you get into it you realize that it's much different. It feels refreshing in the age of movies like The 40 Year Old Virgin and Superbad, two movies I'm not really that big a fan of. It's also nice to see a comedy like this get so dark and explore a character a bit deeper than just what's on the surface. I found the film to be funnier because of that. It's not a perfect comedy, and there's a lack of style to it I suppose, but for what it is it's great.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Though some parts of it were disturbing and out-of-the-blue, the movie is a true black comedy.
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