Head to Head – Observe and Report

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Jess Lomas observed a film that she hated and then reported her feelings to us. The name of the movie: Observe and Report. You can win free movie tickets just like her by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Jess will argue AGAINST the film, while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Jess Lomas – 1/5

Observe and Report had two things going for it, Seth Rogen and Anna Faris; both brilliant comedic actors. Unfortunately even their comedic talent couldn’t save them from the train wreck screenplay and kindergarten level of direction from Jody Hill – haven’t heard of him? After seeing this excuse for a comedy you won’t wonder why. The main problem with this film is that it doesn’t know if it wants to be a full blown comedy or a dark comedy with elements of a psycho thriller. As is stands it sits uncomfortably on the fence between the two and as a result makes for a very uneven film. There are genuine funny moments to be had, but they are few and far between and the relatively short run time felt like an eternity stuck in the land of mediocrity. FYI to Hollywood, security guards are not interesting enough to warrant an entire film, especially the “chubby, funny” kind. In a word: disappointing. Save your time and the electricity it would take to watch it and go for a walk instead.

Jess, normally when a film I love is given a drubbing as severe as that, I lash out. I go wild. But, Observe and Report is a different beast. It’s one film I’m reluctant to recommend to others. When I do, I always add the caveat: “think of it as a psychological drama”. Expecting a kooky, charming Seth Rogen comedy will almost certainly lead to disappointment. However, that’s not the film’s fault. Jody Hill (who also co-created the hilarious television show Eastbound and Down and directed The Foot Fist Way) has given us this generation’s Travis Bickle in Rogen’s Ronnie Barnhart. He’s a slobby, overentitled, undereducated, mentally unstable and sexually aggressive monster with a penchant for extreme violence. On top of all that, I still find the film very, very funny. Maybe that makes me a weirdo. All I know is that if Ronnie ever met Paul Blart, he would beat the living daylights out of him. And I would love to watch that.

Now it’s over to you! What were your thoughts on Observe and Report? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

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