Observe and Report Review

By Zoe Levine (Columnist, Former Culture Editor) [?]

Published: April 23, 2009 and Updated: September 16, 2009
Original LA News Desk Content

Observe and Report follows the trend of mall-cop comedies in this film starring Seth Rogan (Knocked Up). In sharp contrast to the clean comedy of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Observe and Report uses crude and dirty jokes to entertain its audience. The film follows events at the Forrest Ridge Mall, which gets terrorized by both a pervy flasher and robberies. Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogan) is the head security guard at the mall, but he dreams of one day becoming a real cop. When the detectives step on his terrain to solve the cases, Ronnie gets defensive and tries to prove himself. Embarrassing himself and the mall, Ronnie stops at nothing while in the pursuit of the mall violators.

Seth Rogan is funny as always, although the rest of his cast lacks his comedic talent. The jokes are lacking, until around the second half of the film where the speed picks up and the comedy excels. The movie has a run time of an hour and 46 minutes, but it feels longer. With a few really funny jokes and the rest mediocre, the movie was not that great. If you are in the mood for a Seth Rogan comedy, there are other better ones to see.

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