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Movie Review: Observe And Report

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 6 years and 5 months ago

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PL's Archive: Written April 6, 2009

It seems like actor Seth Rogen is everywhere these days. Thanks to his mentor, producer/director Judd Apatow, Rogen has appeared in close to a dozen films within the last two years and shows no signs of slowing down. Rogen as the Green Hornet…? Well I'll wait until the final product is delivered to pass judgment, but I must say, although I find the actor quite talented, he might be getting a little over-exposed. I'm sure he never anticipated the offers being thrown his way as he’s mentioned in many interviews and just might be unable to bring himself to turn them down considering how quick a Hollywood career can disappear, but I fear the movie-going public will grow sick of him before he's really had a chance to show us his talents… Always the wiseass in his films (often playing the same character over and over). Rogen just may have the chops to pull off a drama as hinted in his latest film "Observe and Report". Make no mistake, the film is an all balls out black comedy, a much darker and edgier version of “Paul Blart’s Mall Cop” but Rogen’s latest creation “Ronnie Barnhardt” is a fascinating, deluded individual with borderline psychotic behavior that's so amusing you forget how dangerous he is and gets you to sort of cheer him on instead of pulling away. The film itself caters to the demented-minded kind of person who enjoys the split between a Jeckle and Hyde kind of lifestyle where certain moments of life push for a certain act and vice versa. We don’t all share the same kind of humor, therefore; I cannot say everyone will enjoy this film, but for sure I once again state one cannot go wrong with Rogen.

Although a lack of plot is presented, it didn’t fail character build up. Their relations and motives towards exposing the people they are and why. Of course like anyone else, surroundings play a major influence, their objectives are met in unique ways of which one cannot understand, but for reasons of just cause, can accept. The cast itself worked well off one another whether swapping scenes between Rogen and Farris (who always lives up to her bimbo-like ways), between Rogen and Peña (who beneath the make up and gained pounds, can throw a few people off) or Rogen and Liotta (Who will forever be “Henry Hill” from “Goodfellas”). They never ceased to fail. “Observe and Report” is by far the funniest film I’ve seen this year and not a shocker if I may say. As a lover of dark comedies, this really brought some flash backs of “Cable Guy” for some reason, but that’s neither here nor there.

Therefore I conclude… a must see!!



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