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Kid Idioteque says OBSERVE & REPORT may be the greatest movie that he can't recommend to anyone he knows! Because they're lame!

Hey Folks, Harry here with another review from a reader that drove from Milwaukee to Chicago to see this screening of OBSERVE & REPORT! And what did he think of the event? Here ya go...

Capone, Harry, et al... I wanted to thank you guys personally for making this screening happen. This was my first AICN screening and I was floored by the experience. One of the best I've ever had in a theater. The crowd was great, the staff/security was really classy, and the movie blew my mind. It made the 5 hour drive from and back to Milwaukee totally worth it. I would do it again in a second. The friend I brought along felt the same. So once again, thank you. Since I saw the movie, I've been feeling the urge to write SOMETHING down about this movie, even if it's only for myself. I feel as though I've just seen a landmark of sorts for comedy on film, so here's my review. I've seen one from this screening posted already, but I thought it couldn't hurt to send mine in. REVIEW: To put it simply, "Observe and Report" may be the greatest film I've ever seen that I probably won't be recommending to anyone. I feel sorry for the unsuspecting public that will go see this for Seth Rogen, or God forbid because they enjoyed "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." If you've ever been seriously offended by anything in your life, please, please, please stay away from this movie. This is the most deranged studio comedy I've ever seen. "Observe and Report" has moments that rival Pink Flamingos-era John Waters. I cannot believe that this is getting a wide release or that it got an R-rating in this form. Please keep kids 20 miles away from all theaters showing this film. The worst thing I can say about the film is that it sort of ruins some of Seth Rogen's earlier work. In comparison, "Pineapple Express" is a wacky after-school special. "Zack and Miri" is a mildly dirty, but inoffensive joke. "Knocked Up" is a tame instructional video that could be played in any 6th grade sex ed class. Most of the film is really funny, but the absolutely insane final act puts this into the stratosphere. There are moments in the latter half "Observe and Report" that completely shocked me. It takes a lot to shock me. I gasped. I teared up and nearly choked from laughing so hard. Anybody that tries to spoil the surprises that the movie has in store is pure evil. If you do plan on seeing it, don't let yourself see ANY spoilers. Thankfully, literally everything in the theatrical trailers is in the first half of the film. I have a new found respect for writer/director Jody Hill. I was not at all impressed by "The Foot Fist Way," but he consistently confounded my expectations here in all the right ways. There was not one beat in the story that I accurately predicted. Seth Rogen plays gloriously against type here, and the rest of the cast is wonderful. Anna Faris is perfect. She proves that given good material, she can spin absolute gold. Ray Liotta doesn't get many laughs but he serves his purpose. Collette Wolfe is the standout here. Words cannot describe the perfection of her character's arc or the weight she lends to the role. There are also a few incredibe cameos that I won't spoil. I could go in depth with the story or the characters, but there's no point in ruining it all. I've touched upon how crazy the film is, but even more disturbing is how dark it is at its core. To say it has a black heart is to miss the point entirely. It has no heart. Nothing is off limits - just the way I prefer my comedy. The main character's actions stem from his decision to go off his meds for bipolar disorder. I have a feeling some activist groups are not going to like this. Some will say that the film handles the issue pretty carelessly. But this a movie that is not saying anything in particular. It just exists. It's not a commentary, only an experience. There are scenes that fall flat and it takes 15-20 minutes to gather a head of steam. But there are moments so iconic, so brazenly violent, so socially reprehensible that if you have even a slightly twisted or left-of-center sense of humor, there is SO MUCH to enjoy here. Seth Rogen has given us his finest performance yet and Jody Hill has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. The rest of the R-rated studio comedies coming out in 2009 have a lot to live up to. I'm looking at you Sacha and Judd. The bar has officially been raised. -Kid Idioteque
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  • April 2, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Looks great

    by semiretard

    Can't wait for this one, between the Foot Fist Way and Eastbound & Down, I'll see anything with Jod Hill's name attached to it at this point.

  • April 2, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Jody Hill

    by semiretard

  • April 2, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Have a funny feeling because...

    by Nickn328

    I didn't really like The Foot Fist Way, but I loved Eastbound & Down, so I have no idea where I'm gonna come down on this one.

  • April 2, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    4th

    by HOTDOGVNDR

    and Shit

  • April 2, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Plants that like shit.

    by Sal_Bando

    Gee what a surprise.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    I'd rather eat my own shit than see this movie

    by Drunken Rage

    PLANT! Honestly, the trailer is one of the worst I've ever seen. If you're a Seth Rogen fan, then good for you, but... fuck, enough already.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Hmmm....this may indeed be a plant

    by Homer Sexual

    Because this movie looks just horrible, but this review makes it sound fantastic.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Now that I've been accused of being a plant,

    by cinemixtape.com

    I know I've arrived. This movie is solid gold. I'm not sure that it will translate into box office, but it will have a long, healthy life in homes, dorms, and apartments, etc.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    I'm thinking not a plant.

    by Fuzzinate It

    Harry, prefacing the other review he posted: "It stumbles like a drunk driver walking an imaginary straight line between immoral disturbed material and flat out knee-slapping territory." That matches the above. The other review jives as well. I'm going to be optimistic, and you talkbacking bastards can't stop me.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    RE: Fuzzinate It

    by cinemixtape.com

    Thanks for having some common sense. Honestly, I can understand most people not digging the trailers/ads. They make the flick seem run of the mill when it's anything but. Several times throughout I thought, "Wow, I did not expect that... at all." A few moments produced audible gasps from a large portion of the audience. The beginning is a bit flat and there's a chunk in the middle that doesn't work tonally, but the rest...

  • April 2, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    COCKNASTY_BUTTSTANK: I think it's Gizmo

    by chrth

  • April 2, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    this review falls in line with everything i have heard so far

    by slappy jones

  • April 2, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    can't wait for this. hoping it doesn't "pineapple" out on me.

    by dr sauch

    Pineapple Express was seriously a terrible movie. I'm a guy who finds something to love in almost everything, but that was a seriously unfunny movie. Nearly everything fell flat. The only funny thing was the "little kids take shits." It would have been better if they just played an extended version of the trailer.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    RE: dr sauch

    by cinemixtape.com

    While I enjoyed Pineapple Express to some degree, I was disappointed. It was a handful of funny bits with no movie to cling to. Observe and Report is worlds better, IMO. I would even go so far as to call it a great FILM. It works on levels that 99.9% of comedies can't even touch.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Sounds like it rocks!

    by fiester

    Bring the funny, yo.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    People complaining about trailers are dumb.

    by fiester

    Seriously: If this movie is as fucked-up as everyone say it is, you're not gonna see much of anything in a tv trailer.

  • April 2, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I'M SEEING THIS BECAUSE I LIKED ROGEN IN ZACK & MIRI....

    by THEFUCKINGCREEPYTHINMAN

  • April 2, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    BUT ANNA FARIS IS THE REAL DRAW, SHE IS PERFECTION!!!FACT!!!

    by THEFUCKINGCREEPYTHINMAN

  • April 2, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    by telly1138

    Oh good... mental illness is a running gag. And they say we've run out of things to lampoon.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Kid Idioteque is a longtime talkbacker

    by Garbageman33

    So if he really is a plant, he's deep deep undercover. Not sure how it takes 5 hours to drive back and forth to Milwaukee though. What do you drive, a moped?

  • April 2, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Kid Idioteque

    by ghostofrorschach

    Good review. If you like doing movie reviews you should check out www.mymavra.com. That's the website all the AICN talkbackers started. You'd probably fit right in there.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    It looks wry.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    That's the only word I think when I watch the trailer. And perturbed, wry and perturbed, fun words to say. Everybody say it, wry......perturbed. Feels good yeah?

  • April 2, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Well, it's 5 hours round trip.

    by cinemixtape.com

    I live north of Milwaukee. And I'll definitely check the site out.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Oops.

    by cinemixtape.com

    I didn't realize those posts were from 2 different people.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Is it a Moglwai or Gremlin thing?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    That Harry cartoon is yaking and re-eating?

  • April 2, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    i think harry is eating a cat?

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    perhaps an alf reference?

  • April 2, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    this..movie...is not saying anything in particular...It's not a

    by SutureSelf

    "this..movie...is not saying anything in particular...It's not a commentary, only an experience." This is a common mistake. Every movie, every book, every "work of art" is at its core a reflection of its author's outlook, worldview and philosophy. If it is an experience, it is one shaped by an intelligence through a series of choices and choices are not randomly made. Having not seen this movie, I can't comment on its comment or say what it says, but to state flatly that it is not saying anything in particular is likely as mistaken as believing that "Seinfeld" was a show about nothing. "there are moments so...brazenly violent, so socially reprehensible that if you have a...left-of-center sense of humor, there is SO MUCH to enjoy..." That statement is in itself a telling comment, that the "left-of-center" finds social reprehensibility to be "so MUCH to enjoy."

  • April 2, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Re: Pineapple Express

    by SantiagoAndDunbar

    First of all looking forward to Observe and Report, but in regards to the Pineapple hate I just don't get it. I loved almost everything about it. My second favorite Apatow crew movie behind Virgin. When I hear people say Pineapple "fell flat" it makes me think they just didn't get what the movie was trying to do. Maybe its a generational thing? I dunno, but I loved it. Franco and McBride were gold.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    has the appeal and presence of an egg eating dogs diarrhea

  • April 2, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    pena looks brilliant

    by TheExterminator

    eastbound and down is one of the funniest shows ever...need....to.....see.....this!

  • April 2, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I wonder too about the Pineapple hate....

    by The Dum Guy

    I saw it sober and liked it.<br><br>I hope O&R (I'm so cool for shortening titles) is funny, b/c I need to laugh.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    hey Idioteque, if you don't want to be called a PLANT

    by BillboeFett

    Then don't write like one, kapiche?

  • April 2, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    not a plant...too honest about flaws

    by Devil Jackson

    15-20 minutes to regain footing after scenes fall flat? Not easy to recover from that. Kid is honestly saying Observe is a flawed movie that must be seen based on key "iconic" scenes. Fair enough! I'm in! I've been waiting for Rogen to take a risk; putting his "cuddly stoner" persona on the line to play Travis Bickle for laughs. His characters always had a dickish streak. He can do this.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    It will be a modest success

    by lockesbrokenleg

    but really, I've seen like one ad for it, and it stinks.

  • April 2, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    My Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hell i've been getting alot of hate by just promoting myself in these talk-backs! All well I love haters and fellow film buffs alike. If you want some cool reviews come check out my myspace page, my url is, www.myspace.com/martinjunior84. Hope you guys enjoy and like it and if you want add me as a friend. For everyone else on here continue the jab shit talking all day, I love it!

  • April 2, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST

    My Reviews!

    by laraz

    Hell i've been getting alot of hate by just promoting myself in these talk-backs! All well I love haters and fellow film buffs alike. If you want some cool reviews come check out my myspace page, my url is, www.myspace.com/martinjunior84. Hope you guys enjoy and like it and if you want add me as a friend. For everyone else on here continue the jab shit talking all day, I love it!

  • April 2, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Eastbound & Down & Jody Hill

    by Frank Black

    Are the reasons I will be seeing Observe & Report and anything Hill or Danny McBride are involved in.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    the new strategy of plants

    by BillboeFett

    is to do 90% "OMG I was PISSING ON THE WALL IT WAS SO FRIGGIN GOOD" and then throw in 10% "so and so could've done better, some parts weren't so good" etc.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    LaRaz

    by BillboeFett

    All we need are 30 more people like you in the talkbacks and then this place is no longer your average moviegoer giving their thoughts but an advertisement page gumming up the site. Fuck you

  • April 2, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    It's the year of the Mall Cop film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by crackerfarmboy

    Hey let's make a third Paul Blart: Mall Cop while we are at it! Fuck this movie. I wouldn't see it if you paid me. I don't care if Tarantino directed it!

  • April 2, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Dam BillboeFett?

    by laraz

    I'm just trying to get what i'm doing out there. Why hate on me for that? I understand your hate though it is hard for a hater to love. I love you BillboeFett know matter how much you hate me, your sins are ok with me PIMP.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen is better than all of you...

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    He is so funny in the trailer, especially when he makes the gun sounds with his mouth. He is a comedic god, or didn't you know?

  • April 2, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST

    RE: BillboeFett

    by cinemixtape.com

    I'm sure I do sound like a plant simply because I dug the movie THAT much. The last two films I was this crazy over were Zodiac and the Wrestler. Clearly, I prefer my coffee pitch black. Take from that what you will. In spots, you'd be hard pressed to even call Observe and Report a comedy. It's more a dramedy than anything else, but throw in a little Evil Dead and a pinch of Faces of Death. Seriously. Capone said before the screening that it's not a comedy at all. He was pretty much spot on. Even if this doesn't slay at the box office, many naysayers will be eating a lot of crow.

  • April 2, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Why are all people named Seth so damn unfunny?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • April 2, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    I will see this.

    by Tin Snoman

    Anna Faris looks totally hot. Also, the film looks ridiculous.

  • April 2, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • April 2, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I HATE EVERYTHING!!!

    by Alkeoholic77

    ROAR!!!

  • April 2, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I want to see Katherine Heigl cum in the movie with the panties

    by darthpigman

    When does that come out?

  • April 2, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    PISSING ON THE WALL IT WAS SO FRIGGIN GOOD

    by Mullah Omar

    BillboeFett, you need to warn us where you go to watch films so we can bring raincoats.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Can I get an inoculation against Seth Rogen?

    by TallBoy66

    Cause I really feel like I need it.

  • April 2, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    @telly1138

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    I'm bipolar (rapid cycler - chemically non-responsive, I'm hardcore manic depressive, yo). If the reason for his bad behaviour is attributed solely to going off meds or the disease itself...yes, lame...but if the character is an asshole first and foremost and also just happens to be bipolar and off his meds, then I'm cool with that. Plus it wouldn't be the first (nor last) time that there's an insulting, condescending, or inflammatory depiction of the mentally ill in film/tv/etc. If it's gonna be out there (and it is) I'd rather see it in a bleak dark comedy than in some weepy Girl, Interrupted emo Oscar bait shit.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a plant by a desperate filmmaker...

    by Grinning White Skull

    Note I said "sounds like". Whether it is or not the signals given off in that review make it sound worse than crap. This film is probably going to open big because of Rogen and then take a nosedive so fast it'll set a new record.

  • April 2, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    I watched Pineapple Express...

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    ...baked to fucking Jesus. It actually worked on many levels for me.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Yes, BillboeFett

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    the plants are evolving

  • April 3, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    To the people saying Plant...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..Kid Idioteque is a REGULAR MEMBER OF THE TALKBACKS on this site. I usually question when someone writes in a review to this site, but Kid Idioteque is NOT A PLANT. Fuckin hell. As for the 5 hour trek, I used to live in Milwaukee, and had to drive about 5 and a half hours (with light traffic) to see my folks in NW Indiana. Jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiizzzzzzzzzzzmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • April 3, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    What If.....AICN existed in 1966

    by Dr Gregory House

    Reviewer: "I just saw the greatest western EVER made. Yes, 40 years from now, 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' will still be the gold standard." Random Talkbacker: "PLANT! Planty McPlant Plant"

  • April 3, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    There really are

    by Grippy Longstocking

    some uptight nerds up in these talkbacks. Dollars to doughnuts these same nerds who are crying plant all pirate movies and never drop one dollar on a movie ticket or dvd. This movie sounds good, Jody Hill is hitting home runs, who are you to tell me whats funny?

  • April 3, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    @ Dominic-Vobiscum

    by telly1138

    Dom, I, too, am bipolar, and sensitive about it. I agree, my hate came on this stupid movie the second I heard that this was a comedy about a bipolar man going off his meds. Because I don't find that funny. I went off mine with disastrous results. Many go off them and end up killing themselves. My question/concern lies around why does he have to be bipolar at all? Does this enrich the film? Do we feel for Rogen's character because of his affliction? Or is it fodder for jokes about mental illness? Why not just release the film without the bipolar angle? Christ, it wouldn't be the first time we had a manic imbecile movie out there. Just look at Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    YEAH the tv trailer is pretty bland...

    by kobain

    but what can you expect from a pg-rated trailer for TV? take a look at the red band trailer; MUCHO BETTER! that last scene with a hang-over Anna Faris sleeping it off on a vomited pillow and saying "why are you stopping, motherfucker?!" that made me FLOL

  • April 3, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST

    This makes me wonder.

    by noncents

    Hmmmmm.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Plants & Filmmaker's Fans

    by Grinning White Skull

    Anybody who loves a new filmmaker's first two films so much he drives five and a half hours to see a new film up north at the tail end of winter might as well be a plant. Especially one spewing for Jod HIll's love-it or hate-it brand of cinema. And even though Kid I praises the film like it's Kubrick back from the dead he also clearly lays out why the film will probably tank in that headline. "Greatest film...but can't recommend it to anyone he knows because...they're lame". Sounds like the same rhetoric thrown around here for "Foot Fist Way". Boy, that one was a real winner at the boxoffice. Insult people to get them to see a film. Very funny. Rogen will guarantee this opens but if Kid I is right, the lame people are going to be staying away in droves. That and the fact Rogen looks a little too real (and fat and ugly...boy, that brings out the crowds). I'm sure the film and its performances are everything Kid I says but it sounds like, no wait, he SAYS this film is offering a brutally unfunny experience with unsympathetic characters. Doesn't take a lame person to know that this film will have a hard time competing with ANYTHING it's up against at the box office.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    I liked A Few Dollars More

    by lockesbrokenleg

    better than Good, Bad, Ugly. But hey.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Grinning White Skull..

    by Harold-Sherbort

    He said he wasn't at all impressed with "The Foot Fist Way".

  • April 3, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Also...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I traveled from Indiana to Chicago to see "The Foot Fist Way". Sometimes people do crazy things.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    I fucking hate Seth Rogen.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    He's simply an annoying bitch.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Also in Kid Idioteque's defense....

    by Grievey

    ...his name is godly. His namesake is godlier.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by LightninBolt

    I seriously don't think this guy is a plant, but if he is involved someway in the production he clearly does feel this way about the film anyway. I think it's a great review and I like being excited about upcoming movies... that's why I fucking come here!

  • April 3, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    I don't get why so much love for this movie

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    Seriously, Seth Rogan tries to carry the film like a Will Ferell or Jim Carrey. Just an annoying display desperately trying to be funny. I mean when I saw people laugh when he pointed at some spanish guy and said "he did it" and went back and forth with Ray Liotta was just unbearable. Or how about the riotous laughter when he accused another guy and he yelled out "my dick is brown". I dunno, it's times like this when I feel I'm just out of touch with the general public. This movie was dull and all over the place, Jody Hill tries so hard to do something different that he ends up doing nothing in the process. the movie has no soul and the characters have no personalities. Screw this annoying movie.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    ROAARRRR!!! SETH ROGEN SUCKS!!!, ETC ETC

    by turketron

    Sums up what 90% of this talkback will become.

  • April 3, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    It is predictable

    by m_prevette

    How the movie is praised as being "dark" ..ooooohhhhh yes, we love "dark", since that substitutes for anything resembling structured writing or character. Also, I love how Mr Idiot ( or whatever his name is) pulls the current favorite knee jerk response of trashing Paul Blart, since that makes you...cool. Yeah. OK, Rogen is a mystery since he really has yet to display any real kind of comedic talent, so why he is loved by some is better chalked up as appealing to a demographic rather than being popular due to actual talent or charisma. BUT being as this IS aintitcool , people will fall backwards to lap this up, no matter if the trailer looks like any other lame National Lampoon direct-to-DVD product.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    SETH ROGEN NO GOOD, I'M ON TO HIM

    by C0ns

    AND PLAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT. I SEE THROUGHT IT BECAUSE I'M SO SMART!

  • April 3, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    "scenes that fall flat.. 15-20 minutes to gather head of steam"

    by DoctorWho?

    How exactly does that constitute greatness? <p> Just because "Nothing is off limits" doesn't mean quality in any way. Weak.<p> DVD rental...if that.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Success = Talkback Hate

    by SantiagoAndDunbar

    It really is amazing. All someone has to do is become successful and instantly they are the most hate person in the talkbacks. Is AICN just filled with failed writers and actors jealous of everything that makes money? Sorry guys, Rogen is funny, he can carry a film, and America loves him. Get over it. It's not the end of the world. Out of all the things or people in the world to hate, you pick a normal guy who just seems to be having fun. Awesome.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    The Foot Fist Way, was one of worst movie I 've seen.

    by Darth_Kaos

    It tried so hard, and it showed. I still don't get McBride. He's not that funny. He plays the same character in different degrees(kind of like SETH ROGEN). It's like when Dane Cook came out years ago. Over hyped, over exposed and over used.<br><br> I might (I said might) catch this movie when it comes on cable.

  • April 3, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Trailer Sucks

    by SeanMiller

    Everybody who is judging this movie by its PG13 trailer and even the redband trailer are right. It looks like another crappy comedy. What you aren't seeing is the entire scene, which totally changes almost everything you have seen in the preview. Rogen making gun sounds by itself is not funny. However, after you listen to his insane dream and understand who he is talking too and why he is there it becomes absolutely hilarious. Same goes for the "my dick is brown" scene in the preview. That scene actually drew some of the biggests laughs since you see that these characters actually have a huge history with eachother. Lastly, I feel that the whole bipolar thing is a non-issue. It was never actually addressed in the movie and is not made to be an excuse for why Ronnie acts the way he does. Most people might even completely miss that he is bipolar in the first place.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    "The bar has officially been raised."

    by Atticus Finch

    It takes an asshat to use a linr like this. Who made it official? Whose bar? I remember when people said the same based on trailers and rumors for Matrix 2 and look how that turned out!

  • April 3, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    How do you say "plant" in Spanish?

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • April 3, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Anna Faris

    by JohnSpartan

    Has been spinning gold out of crap for ten years. It's about time her movies start catching up to her talent. One of the funniest women out there, but everyone's just been looking at her boobs for the last ten years. Deserves so much better. Maybe this will help.

  • April 3, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    "The bar has officially been raised" =

    by cinemixtape.com

    my opinion, dumbass. I see the release of this film as the bar being raised for comedy. Others will agree, some won't. That's just how it is.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Regarding Pineapple Express...

    by Grandpa Bunche

    Am I the only person who found Pineapple Express so profoundly uninteresting and unfunny that it prompted a walk-out about fifty minutes in? I enjoy stoner humor, but I made the mistake of seeing it sober and found it about as entertaining as staring at a dead cat, yet the audience around me laughed like maniacs. I just don't get all the love and acclaim the film has garnered.

  • April 3, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    All plants love fertilizer

    by FeralAngel

    Which explains this positive review. And yes, Seth Rogen sucks.

  • April 3, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Anna Faris doesn't DO anything in this movie

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    I swear it drives me crazy when people who love this movie talk about how great Anna Faris was. Everything you have seen in the R band trailer is it..THAT'S IT. she doesn't do anything !!!!!

  • April 3, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    "What's a Dental Dam?"

    by BanditDarville

    "It's like a rubber for your mouth. And it ain't just for my protection, you don't know what kind of shit I got either." - Eastbound and Down had some of the best lines on TV for the last two seasons.

  • April 3, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Nick and Nora's Playlist

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I saw it the other day. Terrible.

  • April 3, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    the guy is not a plant

    by Timahh

    If he is a plant, then has spent years talking bullshit on the talkbacks and not once posting a review(to my knowledge)waiting earnestly for his plant sleeper cell to be activated so he can fluff this movie. He's just a guy who liked the movie. Quit being whiny pretentious douchebags

  • April 3, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Laraz

    by Timahh

    we hate you because your using the success of a similar endeavor to pimp out you fucking myspace page. If your shits any good at all, people will here about it. Thats how this site got built up. Do you think harry went to the imdb boards telling people to check out his reviews? Also, myspace is for 12 year old girls and pedophiles.

  • April 3, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    can't wait to see it, but...

    by squeezmunky

    seriously? 5 hours to and from milwaukee? the lesson here is that cheeseheads drive like my grandma. hour tops, chief, or stay the hell out of our way on the highway; i'm not sitting in this construction any longer than i have to.

  • April 3, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Julio!!!!!

    by Series7

    ANSWER THE FUCKING PHONE!

  • April 3, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Does Judd even make

    by Series7

    Comedies anymore? Because I thought he gave up being funny after 40 Year Old Virgin. I don't remember anything funny in that Rom Com Knocked Up? And that short movie in trailer form, Funny People, didn't have any laughs.

  • April 3, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Comedy...

    by Grinning White Skull

    I wonder what Kid Id has watched among the transformational great comedies and screen comedians to claim a new bar for comedy has been set? Chaplin? Early Sennett work or Mutual? First National? UA? Keaton? COPS? COLLEGE? STEAMBOAT BILL JR.? THE GENERAL? Laurel and Hardy? LIBERTY? THE MUSIC BOX? W.C. Fields? Marx Brothers? The Three Stooges? Abbott & Costello? Leo McCarey? Lubitsch? Capra? Sturges? Wilder? Lewis? Landis? Brooks? Buck Henry? Nichols? May?...And now, according to Kid Id, a new bar for comedy has been set that rises beyond and above those mentioned and is such that he can't even recommend OBSERVE & REPORT to most because they are lame and unable to fathom the genius of its comedy. As has been said before, it is to laugh...

  • April 3, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    RE: Grinning White Skull

    by cinemixtape.com

    I've seen my fair share of Capra, Stooges, some Marx Brothers, pre-manslaughterer Landis, and Keaton's "The General" blew my mind. Of course, I didn't think "The General" was funny. I was just greatly impressed by the effort it took to pull off the physical stunts. And I find it curious that most of your examples are physical comedy, which traditionally hasn't worked on me. I can appreciate it, but it usually doesn't make me laugh. Observe and Report has a lot of it however, and I might view it as a gateway drug of sorts. It combines different types of comedy into some unholy bastard of a child that nobody wants now. But when everybody sees it, they will all want to adopt it immediately. You'll see soon enough.

  • April 4, 2009, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Physical humor? You ever seen THE AWFUL TRUTH? SULLIVAN'S TRAVEL

    by Grinning White Skull

    "Most of the examples are physical comedy". I'm talking about the HISTORY of comedy, Kid Id. You have to have an understanding of HISTORY to make a claim that a film sets a new bar for comedy. And since you don't know these comedy geniuses...Leo McCarey? Lubitsch? Capra? Sturges? Wilder? Buck Henry? Nichols? May?...It's clear you don't have a clue of what you're talking about. AND you think Keaton's "The General" wasn't funny but you know that a new bar was set for comedy with this Hill's film. Now that's funny! As in it only hurts when I laugh.

  • April 4, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    GTFO

    by cinemixtape.com

    I've never seen a talkbacker so full of him/herself. Congrats.

  • April 4, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Kid...

    by Grinning White Skull

    Kid, if you step up on the internet and you make the kinds of outrageous statements that you do while connected to a public forum then you have to deal with a scrutiny of those statements. If you're taking that personally then you're the one having to live with how that paints you. The good news is now you have a chance to go seek out the great comedians mentioned of the past and present and view the work. You've got a lot of laughing ahead of you. A good thing. I hope you enjoy it and grow some in the process.

  • April 5, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    GrinningWhiteSkull

    by Zeppelin12

    Kid I is ignorant of comedy and you aren't? Are you kidding me? One of the fundamentals of comedy is that more than any other genre it's shaped by the viewer's personal preferences. The only reason the people you mentioned have survived is that they influenced future comedians. The new benchmark Kid talked about was for himself, and no one else. And if he dosen't find Buster Keaton funny, well then that's his opinion, and in comedy your opinion is all that matters. History doesn't matter for shit, cause if it did A Midsummer's Nights Dream would still be considered funny, and no one's laughed at that for centuries.

  • April 5, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Zep

    by Grinning White Skull

    Zep, you make a good attempt at points but you miss the entire mark on what Kid Id is saying. "A bar has been raised for comedy." Well, you have to know the past and what constitutes comedy to suggest a bar has been raised. Ignorant of the past you can only apply, as you say, a personal preference. And in that Kid Id made his statement but it lacks any foundation concerning any understanding of comedy. He even says his understanding is such he doesn't find most comedy funny. WTF?!!! He states that even Keaton's THE GENERAL isn't funny but admires its technical prowess. Well, there you have it. He really is what he claims in his name and I appreciate the honesty. A kid that's an idiot (theque). He claims I speak of only physical comedy but ignores the giants of verbal and situational comedy. His personal preference for comedy sounds so inane and like that of a...maybe twenty-something. His review bounces all over the place stating he doesn't like nor gets physical comedy but that that "O & R" employs it and it's GREAT and then sums it all up with cutesy explanations that it's a bastard child comedy lame people won't get it (a sure fire ass-covering of an elitist position by a guy that knows nothing about comedy history) then claiming the bar is set and that this bastard child of comedy that people will hate but later adopt because it's the greatest comedy in the world! It's all bullshit blather from a kid that doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground. If the "new benchmark is for himself" then what? We're supposed to just sit back and allow him to say "idioteheque" nonsense? This is Talkback (Get it? Talk Back. We get to "Talk Back" to the reviews or opinions on this site). Sheesh. you guys blow each other and want us to join in. The more you do it makes me want to speak up and say the emperor not only has no clothes, he's sucking Hill's dick in this review.

  • April 5, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Ignorant of Comedy...

    by Grinning White Skull

    Zep and Kid Id. What the fuck do you know about comedy? Other than what you like from, how long (ten years past cracking up at repeats of 60's era Scooby Doo cartoons at six or seven)? Come on. How old are you "experts" on what you like verses what has been proven over the last one hundred years? Then claiming from this position that I'm ignorant of understanding comedy? And yet I know the names and work of the silent comedians to today's most important filmmakers working in comedy (which I've enjoyed and both studied over decades). Comedians that have won Academy Awards and made zillions at the box office from the inception of film to today. More important, comedy that reached across cultures and countries to make people laugh universally. Comedy that has stood the test of time until this day and still is considered the work of geniuses. Comedy that when played upon a screen can make the lame and elitist laugh together. Comedy that even Hill builds his work upon even if just for circumventing expectations CREATED by that earlier comedy. Zep, you weren't even in the earlier Talkbacks, suddenly you appear when Kid Id seems unable to stand up for himself. The more this goes on the more it proves how contrived and completely inept the reasons behind Kid Id's review. So here's what we got. Kid Id liked it for not being funny and flat in parts and filled with unsympathetic characters that do the nastiest shit while raising the bar on comedy. Okay. Got you. It's Kid's opinion. Fuck everybody else because they are lame to question it.

  • April 5, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST

    NYT:...a dark, crazy, awesome journey

    by Grinning White Skull

    (The only reason this film got made and Hill has a career is he shoots CHEAP to make movies, I repeat, CHEAP TO MAKE MOVIES that Hollywood Execs think are hilarious because they are contemptible of the public they have unleashed ungodly comedic horrors in the past) From the NYT: ...Mr. Rogen quickly signed on to play the lead character without even seeing a script, simply because he was a fan of “The Foot Fist Way.” “It’s rare that someone shows me something with no precedent and I actually think it’s hilarious,” Mr. Rogen said. Shot in 43 days in a partly closed mall in Albuquerque for about $25 million, “Observe and Report” is not a typical Hollywood comedy, nor a typical starring vehicle for Mr. Rogen...His character, a bipolar pill popper named Ronnie Barnhardt, is prone to fits of rage and violence. In one sequence he spends the day with a fellow security guard (played by Michael Peña) taking recreational drugs and beating up skateboarders in the mall parking lot. In another scene he forces himself on a makeup-counter saleswoman (Anna Faris) after a date of heavy drinking and drug use. (Before the scene is over she indicates that she had given her consent.)...That the film is deliberately puncturing Mr. Rogen’s screen image as a harmless, schlubby stunted adolescent only made these moments funnier to Mr. Hill. “It’s my own personal joke, to see how people freak out,” he said...His colleagues agreed that the perception that “Observe and Report” was a familiar, cheery Rogen comedy could be either enticing or baffling to moviegoers. “That’s what’s going to throw people,” said Mr. McBride, who has a small role in the film. “I think they’re going to be expecting punch lines, and instead they’re going to get a dark, crazy, awesome journey.”...Asked why he so often returned to deluded, self-important antiheroes, Mr. Hill could only shrug. “Comedy, for some reason, it’s the most dangerous cinema out there,” he said.

  • April 5, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Grinning White Skull, you're just too smart for me.

    by cinemixtape.com

    Maybe you missed the post where I said that at the end of the day this film isn't a comedy at all. I guess I should apologize for writing a review of a comedy (using the term loosely) without previously having seen EVERY COMEDY EVER MADE. I guess I missed the fine print. Comedies don't exist in a vacuum. They are tied more tightly to the zeitgeist than any other genre. A lot of old comedies simply don't work for me simply because of their context. Had I been alive in the 1920s, I probably would have thought The General was a laugh riot. As it stands now, I thought it was very entertaining but not all that funny. If old comedies still work for you, then what the hell are you doing wasting your time in this talkback? I'm simply stating that Observe and Report is one of the best comedies of the last 10 years... in my opinion. Comparing Seth Rogen to Groucho Marx is not only stupid, but completely pointless. Their celebrity exists in different centuries, let alone the fact that they might as well exist in different worlds. For the record... The Foot Fist Way = 4/10, Observe and Report = 9/10 (once again, this is my OPINION).

  • April 5, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST

    This movie looks deceptivly good...

    by haddock

    The trailer is very unfunny and dull, as others concur...but even without reading this review and after seeing the trailer about three times, I am sort of getting a Fargo-esque vibe. I will probably see this, black comedy is a top genre for me, with or without Seth Rogan. Oh...and FootFistWay is a 8/10, fucking hilarious imo, Pineapple Express a 3/10, beyond retarded with no believablity whatsoever.

  • April 5, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Kid Id You're so...lame

    by Grinning White Skull

    Kid, I'm not comparing Rogen to Marx or anyone in the context that YOU are trying to frame it. YOU made that comparison. I'm not even trying to compare it to ANY particular film made in the past but talking about how the HISTORY (all of it to the present) of comedy and the comedians before are what sets the bar of comedy of which you claim this film sets a new bar. And you are even trying to weasel out NOW by backpedaling with adding the "last 10 years". Plus you IGNORE the filmmakers I mentioned still working today such as Nichols or Brooks or May. I can add a lot more but that's not the point. The point is how on the one hand you claim this film is: "... a movie that is not saying anything in particular. It just exists. It's not a commentary, only an experience. There are scenes that fall flat and it takes 15-20 minutes to gather a head of steam. But there are moments...so brazenly violent, so socially reprehensible...to enjoy here," and go on and claim this is some kind of film so great no one will get it while setting a bar for comedy, even if only for the last ten years. From what I can read you only know comedy from the last ten years. You're probably 18-22 and all you know is crap. Crap comedy movies. Crap television. You say you don't like physical comedy but you claim this "bastard child" has it and it was great for it. What the hell ARE you talking about? Reread your review. It's so in love with itself while sucking Hill's dick! And while I'm on crap there was a lot of crap in the past! That's why certain movies and comedies (beyond the last ten years) stand the test of time. And if you are going to review films, especially comedies, you have to have some idea of context, not what you think you know from watching films in theaters from the last ten years (as you were emerging from puberty). That's why AICN and Harry and the Alamo Drafthouse and revival houses have the festivals that contemporary filmmakers help to choose seminal and not so seminal films, whose effect on contemporary film is acknowledged, to provide context and ENJOYMENT to current audiences and filmmakers. Just the other night here in L.A Drew was working with Beaks to show "Ishtar" and "Joe vs. the Volcano" at The New Beverly. Both films were maligned in their time but have slowly gained an appreciation by a new generation. Hey, maybe that will be said about "O&R" but you offer nothing in your review to explain the film with any understanding of comedy, much less any appreciation for it. Which makes your review so suspect, especially in how ridiculously overblown your statements are along with jumping from how it isn't a comedy but yet it is and it's flat but it's violent and unexpected and... I'm calling you on bullshit and being clueless.

  • April 6, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    So you're actually playing the ageist card, huh?

    by cinemixtape.com

    I'm in my mid-20s, so what? The review is ecstatic because that's what I honestly felt about the movie. I think the whole far outweighs the sum of its parts. It's not a crime to be excited about something just because it's not the 70s anymore. The film is an amalgam of craziness but that's what I admired about it. I don't know Seth Rogen or Jody Hill. I have nothing to gain from writing such a wildly enthusiastic review. Nothing. I said the movie was confounding so I tried to express that in the review. You're right, I'm still not quite sure what to think about it. All I know is that I found it very fresh and I can't wait to see it again. Now go watch some old episodes of "My Mother, The Car" you silly curmudgeon.

  • April 6, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    One more thing.

    by cinemixtape.com

    I stated that I didn't want to dissect the film because there are a lot of surprises. To have made comparisons or to explain why, in a cinematic sense, key scenes worked so well for me would be to ruin the movie. And I won't do that, even if it makes for a frustrating review. But I can't wait to chat about it with people once they've seen it.