Last year (2009) there is a good chance many of you may remember a film called 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'. You are less likely to have heard of a film called Observe and Report also a film about mall security. The two movies had the misfortune of being produced, shot and released very much around the same time, and as far as promotion is concerned, Paul Blart seemed to come out on top. What we probably can all agree on is that Paul Blart was, despite being a box office success, a poor movie at best.
Observe and Report however, was (althought not classic) a far more watchable film, even if less known. Written and directed by Jody Hill, Observe and Report follows Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen), the over jelous head of security at Forest Ridge Mall. When an anoymous flasher exposes himself to the shoppers in the parking lot, Ronnie lanuches his own investigation along side the police investigation, headed by Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta). Over the movie the two develope a distinct dislike for each other as the plot unfolds.
In the scene I have chosen today, Ronnie, has become disenfranchised with his carear as head of security, and himself and fellow officer Dennis (Michael Peña) go to show some Skateboarders whats what.
The film is a black comedy, and it carries it well. And as a side note it had a pretty kickin soundtrack. I am still undecided on Seth Rogen, however he played the part well, and was well suited to the role. I was surpised at first to see Ray Liotta in Observe and Report, but as usual he played his part very well. I'm more about individual scenes than reviewing movies as a whole, but if you're looking for some laughs and nothing too serious, then this movie is more than watchable, and offers far more than Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Observe and Report @ IMDb