New in Theaters Review: Observe and Report starring Seth Rogen and Anna Faris

observeSeth Rogen is back! After a very disappointing starring role in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”, he’s back and funny as hell once again. Seth stars as Ronnie Barnhardt a head security guard at a Mall where he takes his job very seriously, but is often under appreciated. Ronnie has ambitions of turning his security gig into a position as a police officer were he’ll be able to trade in his baton and mace for a gun and handcuffs. While lusting after the very lovely cosmetic counter girl Brandi (Anna Faris), Ronnie finds himself challenged by Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) from the local police station to catch a mall flasher who has been terrorizing patrons.

From the opening scenes to the very end, this movie is hilarious. This is the type of raunchy, no holds barred, profanity laced movie that Seth Rogen fits so well in. Since “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, movies with Seth Rogen in them have always pushed the envelope of comedy, and this movie is one of those comedic gems. He always seems to have a great supporting cast who stand out in the roles that they are playing. In this one Michael Pena plays the role of “Dennis”, Ronnie’s second in charge at the mall. Michael is hilarious as the street wise, lisps speaking character. He will also be starring with Seth again in the 2010 release of “The Green Hornet”. Also making a cameo is Danny R. McBride, who is quickly making a name for himself by playing zany over the top characters. He was in “Pineapple Express” and “Tropic Thunder” and currently has his own HBO comedy show “Eastbound & Down”. There’s also a scene in the movie with a verbal exchange between Ronnie and Saddam (Aziz Ansari) that will have you on the floor laughing.

Now here’s a warning to parents who take their kids with them to see R rated movies. Do not take your children to see this movie unless you are ready to explain to them the male anatomy. There is a scene in this movie that will show a certain body part for a VERY long time, but it’s just too funny to miss. I give this movie 2 ¾ malls out of 4. Seth is back, and we all need a good laugh once and a while and he delivers big time. The movie is rated R for pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content and violence. It runs 1 hour and 26mins. It was written and directed by Jody Hill. It was produced by De Line Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution.

Hard work and perseverance pays off in the end. Ezo
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