Observe and Report (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy --> Dark
Warner Brothers || R - 87 minutes - $28.98 || September 22, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-09-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jody Hill
Writer(s): Jody Hill (written by)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: April 10, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I laughed once, the entire 87 minutes of Observe and Report. This movie is awful. No, strike that, beyond awful. This flick has proven that Seth Rogen is clearly just a one or two hit wonder at best, and this seriously should have destroyed the box-office draw he once was for like a year after his big hit. Farris isnít much better in her supporting role, but Iíll get to the film itself a bit then talk more about this travesty.

Ronnie (Seth Rogen) is head of mall security, when one day at his mall outside in the parking lot a flasher is harassing customers walking into the mall. The news is up in arms about it, so itís up to Ronnie to stop the flasher once and for all. He gathers his troops, including Dennis (Michael Pena), to let them know that this has to stop. He also takes time out of his day to flirt with Brandi (Anna Faris) the rude counter girl he has a crush on. Oh, thereís also an incredibly attractive ďHot BunsĒ worker named Nell (Collette Wolfe) who has a crush on him as well, but Ronnieís too stupid to notice that.

Not only is there a flasher outside, but the mall is getting broken into and stuff is being stolen. Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) is called to the scene to investigate the break-ins and find the flasher, but Ronnie wants to beat him to the punch. For some odd reason, Ronnie also goes on a date with Brandi, is mean to Nell, and then suddenly wants to be a real police officer on the force, even though he hates Harrison and everything he stands for. Itís up now to Ronnie to find the flasher, get on the police force, win Brandi over, and other stuff that make this movie irrelevant.

Did I mention that this is a comedy? I laughed at most one time the entire film. This movie is hilariously unfunny, which it turns out is a word since Word isnít showing any squiggles underneath it, go me. The ďjokesĒ are mostly fueled by male nudity (of which there is a gross amount, and I mean a serious amount), some racist filled jokes, and some other lame gags that just donít work for this one. Ronnie is also bi-polar, which makes me question how he got the job in the first place but then you realize he takes medication and then stops later in the film to win over Brandi on a date then goes psychotic. By going psychotic, I mean he beats the heck out of skate boarding kids for no reason. Yeah, hilarious right?

I give props to Faris, Liotta, Pena, and the other supporting cast of this flick, but they canít save this from being a complete stinker. The cast isnít funny at all, and even being fans of each, thereís just not any laughter here to support this from being anything other than a DVD that belongs in the bargain bin shortly. Also, the fact itís runtime is so short is questionable, as is the constant ďF-BombĒ banter that occurs throughout the scene. That, and the problem that Ronnie commits several crimes throughout the end of the flick and doesnít get caught or disciplined until then.

Another dud from Rogen, but then again, Iím not surprised.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Nope. Nothing, since everything is on the Blu-ray copy.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Ugh, I donít even know where to begin with this track, so Iíll start from what I noticed in the first few frames. Major color distortion is where Iíll begin, as the characters who are talking look to be in front of a green screen. There are several noticeable scenes throughout that have tons of grain and noise in them, and at times, was incredibly distracting. The color palette was also off, as flesh tones were different in a few scenes in a matter of seconds and a weird blue tint seemed to overpower several of the scenes, even though there wasnít any blue in them. The noticeable issues with grain, noise, and distortion make this a poor new release.

The audio doesnít fare too much better, as the Dolby Surround 5.1 track is light on the dialogue and even duller on the action scenes. Granted, there are only a few at the start and thatís about it, but they sound fairly non-engaging to the ear. The dialogue itself is low, as I had to constantly tweak the audio as time went on, but once I found the appropriate level it was decent, but home theater enthusiasts will find this track one that will disappoint the entire time. Surround use is also limited since this is primarily a front-heavy track with little to no action involved.



.::OVERALL::.

Observe and Report has solidified the fact that Rogen has only made one good film to date, and I doubt heíll ever come close to providing laughter like he did several years ago. Try as they might, but the supporting cast is lacking and the laughs just canít be found here. The video is of poor quality, and the audio isnít much better. Tack on the fact that there are zero special features to be had here, this is a DVD to observe and walk away from.