Early Twitter Buzz: Observe and Report

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The new Seth Rogen R-rated mallcop comedy Observe and Report premiered at SXSW earlier tonight. The reviews will be pouring in from Austin, after the party’s come to an end later tonight (and we’ll give a roundup tomorrow), but for now lets check in with the 140-character buzz on Twitter. Seems like a lot of people thought it was hilarious, insanely quotable and somewhat shocking/awkward, but a couple people didn’t think it was that funny, and even one supposed Seth Rogen fan s tweeted about walking out. Lets go to the tweets:

Dshanya_artistic_web_normallola0813: OBSERVE & REPORT report: Fucking awesome. Incredibly funny & smart.

Dentler_normalMattDentler: Observe And Report may be the craziest studio movie of the year

N1548060227_30137477_4538_normalthekeller: OBSERVE AND REPORT…. the hardest i have laughed since superbad. one of the funniest movies ever

Img00676_normaljennyjacob: Observe and Report” – not so funny. Left early and I’m a Seth Rogen fan.

Jtile_normaljamesrocchi: Observe and Report: Travis Bickle, Mall Cop. Funny, scary, don’t quite know if you should root for Rogen.\

Twitter-avatar_normalrejects: Alright fine. Observe and Report was dark. Not too dark, but dark. It was also very smart and very, very funny.

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Observe and Report Red Band Movie Trailer

Warner Bros has released a red band movie trailer for the upcoming Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report on the film’s official website. Jody Hill‘s follow-up to the cult comedy The Foot Fist Way, which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin Texas in March.  I have yet to see The Foot Fist Way but I’ve heard nothing but great things.  Observe and Report seems like not your typical Seth Rogen comedy, more character based. As Rogen declares that “The World Needs a Fucking Hero” I can’t help but think this is the Anti-Paul Blart film. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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Observe and Report to Premiere at SXSW 2009

Warner Bros has announced that Observe and Report, Jody Hill‘s follow-up to the cult comedy The Foot Fist Way will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin Texas in March, a month before the film hits theaters on April 10th 2009.. The dark comedy stars Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena and Ray Liotta. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.

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One of the 2009 films we’re most anticipating is Observe and Report, due in April, from director Jody Hill (The Foot Fist Way). Yesterday, when Peter posted new stills from the R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen as an obsessive mall cop, several commenters began negatively comparing O&R with January’s stillborn Kevin James vehicle, Paul Blart: Mall Cop; going so far as to resurrect the Armageddon versus Deep Impact theatrical Turdbowl of 1998. According to an acquaintance unrelated to the production who caught a test screening and swears by it: “That’s a terrible analogy. It’s more like, say, compare Song of the South to Gone With the Wind. I mean, no, I haven’t seen Mall Cop, but, c’mon, it’s the opposite of funny.” Okay, that admittedly wasn’t very helpful.

Meanwhile, during our set visit on HBO’s Eastbound and Down, which Hill co-created and co-directed, the general sentiment was that Observe and Report is a batshit TKO. Actor Ben Best has a small role in the film and, while he couldn’t reveal much, he did let out this funny story about Rogen’s adversary in the film: the man, the legend Mr. Ray Liotta

“Holy shit, this movie. First off, [Observe and Report] has one of the craziest endings you have ever seen. Listen to this. One day, we’re lining up a shot, and we’re standing on these courthouse steps, Seth is there, and Jody tells us to move down. And Jody says, ‘Hey Ray [Liotta], why don’t you go here.’ And Jody’s literally talking about the next step down, and Ray’s like ‘…Why?’

Seth and I just look at each other, like ‘Uhhh?’ So, Jody thinks for a second, and goes ‘Why not?’ And Ray goes, ‘Well, I just don’t think my character would stand on this step.’ And Jody just goes ‘Fuck It.’ So, after it’s over, Ray says to me, ‘You know what I think about that?’ And he just goes [makes ginormous fart noise---an IRL wet fart]. The smell….it was the most disgusting thing ever. He’s crazy in a good way. [laughs] But yeah, some of the funniest shit I’ve ever seen is in that movie. What you’ve heard from the test screenings, we can go much darker; it’s more like a darker Alexander Payne. It’s one of those great comedies…and the homage to Old Boy is retarded.”

And Patton Oswalt plays the mall’s “Cinnabon Man,” so we might want to store that witty, percolating Dante’s Peak/Volcano scenario until the next inevitable round of Bay/Emmerich. If anyone has a story from the set of Paul Blart: Mall Cop about Kevin James putting his hand in his armpit, do tell below.

First Look: Observe and Report

Warner Bros has released the first two photos for Observe and Report, Jody Hill‘s follow-up to the cult comedy The Foot Fist Way. The dark comedy stars Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena and Ray Liotta.

The full plot synopsis follows:

“At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won’t give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.”

Observe and Report hits theaters on April 10th 2009.

The cast for Seth Rogen‘s raunchy mall cop comedy, Observe and Report, has rounded out with a supporting cast that includes the ever glowin’ Anna Farris (Smiley Face, Scary Movie), Ray Liotta, Michael Pena (Lions for Lambs) and Jesse Plemons (cult fave on TV’s Friday Night Lights). While the mall cop premise sounds a little too ’00 Adam Sandler for comfort, Slashfilm is already anticipating the Warner Bros. flick due to the involvement of writer/director Jody Hill, who made The Fist Foot Way.

In the film’s mall-verse, Farris will play a salesgirl whom Rogen’s egomaniacal mall security d-bag has the hots for, Pena will play Rogen’s security sidekick, and Liotta will play an actual police detective who faces off with Rogen. No word on whether Rogen and Farris will share a joint on screen, but I hope the House Bunny star isn’t drowned in a starry-eyed subplot, because she’s far sexier playing the aloof goof.

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With his 2008 slate nicely stocked with cheeba and T&A (The Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) gruffy, young superstar Seth Rogen looks to keep the debauchery rollin’ into ’09. He’s set to star in the mall cop comedy Observe and Report, to be written and directed by Jody Hill, the latest to join Judd Apatow’s smoked out dugout and hot off the indie-com The Fist Foot Way. Apparently Apatow isn’t producing the film however.

Rogen will play Ronnie Barnhardt, an ego-maniacal head of mall security who tangos with with the local cops (you know, the real po-po). If you’re suddenly taking more of an interest in the oft-ignored, chubby rent-a-cops at your local superplex, that’s because actor Kevin James also has an ’09 flick on deck called Mall Cop. Variety reports that Observe and Report will basically be awesomer because it will not deviate from Rogen’s grandma-scaring brand of hard comedy. Producer Donald De Line adds that the film will, “Definitely go to the edge.”

The pitch might as well be sprinkled with nuts like a cheeseball, sure, but the talent involved is quite ace. Malls haven’t been properly terrorized in a comedy in ages, so there’s definitely potential in watching Rogen wallop some Hot Topic punks with clever expletives and a wimpy baton.

Discuss: Anyone have a good mall cop story? Are you diggin’ this project? If Rogen had starred in Semi-Pro in place of Will Ferrell, would it have still bricked?

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