Monday, October 19, 2009

Struck Bottom, Digging

I have the dubious pleasure of reviewing Observe and Report.  This is the movie in which Seth Rogen plays his least funny role ever, while paradoxically proving, without a doubt, that he can act.

Rogen plays a bipolar, low intelligence mall security guard who has a crush on a pretty, slutty cosmetics clerk played by Anna Farris.  The problem for enjoyment is twofold: suspension of disbelief when these minimum-wage workers are working out with $30,000 in NFA weaponry, and when multiple violent felonies are committed, only to find the perpetrators back at work shortly afterward (and perhaps carrying concealed firearms, apparently without legal consequence), and the perpetual slow train wreck that is this character's life.  As far as his character, I have met delusional, often fairly stupid wannabes frequently over the years.  He plays his part perfectly.

Observe and Report: well acted, but unfunny.  1 of 5 stars.


Asphyxiated Emancipation said...

I am disappointed to hear your report. Having worked in that field some years back, I knew many individuals like the lead character. I had hoped from the commercials that it would be worth seeing.

J.R.Shirley said...

Too realistic in some aspects. It's really more a tragedy than anything else.