Ronnie Barnhart is a bi-polar mall cop, who has an alcoholic mother, has a crush on a designer store clerk (Farris), and goes above the law to get justice. Just when he thought nothing was ever go wrong, his mall is attacked by a flasher, and a person who he cares deeply about, gets sexually assaulted by him. Now it’s his time for him to bring the true hero out of him and save the day without the help from police
In February (as we all know) the PG version of Mall Cop (Paul Blart) opened. 2 months later the version made for adults opens, and it was well worth the wait. Given the fact that I idolize Seth Rogen, and thinks he can do nothing wrong, I came to see this with high hopes and I got everything I expected. At first I wasn’t really opened to the concept of “An R Rated version of Paul Blart” but it really paid off. Seth Rogen fits his character perfectly. He’s a mean, lean fighting machine with a sense of heart inside. In one scene he almost made me cry, but a scene of comic relief came up after. The rest of the supporting cast such as Anna Farris, Ray Liotta (as the cop), and Michael Pena (As brilliant as he ever is) were also hysterically well casted. Ronnie spends most of his time being a bad role model. His tactics are violent and he plays sort of a younger version of Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. He beats up skate borders, suspects an immigrant of stealing because of his race, drinks and takes drugs to help him medicate. These aren’t really positive messages for viewers of any age, but it’s a Dark R rated comedy. What could you expect from that?
Observe and Report is a dark and surprisingly hilarious comedy that’s not made from the Apatow group. It’s raunchy, violent, offensive and off-putting at times but that’s Seth Rogen humor so if you don’t like it, then happily Adam Sandler is making a lot of movies for you. Rogen proves to us once again that he is the man and he could do absolutely nothing wrong. It’s a different role for him because he sort of plays a more darker and dramatic character than he normally does. When it was over I and a few of the audience members applauded, and it turns out after reading so many negative reviews, many seemed to like it. Beware if you aren’t looking to be offended, put down or just not into Rogen humor you’re better off seeing Monsters vs. Aliens instead. For fans you won’t be disappointed by this quirky and inventive dark comedy