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Ronnie Barnhardt is a man on a mission. A mission to clean up the criminal element invading his territory. Cross him, step out of line, even look in the wrong direction, and it's all over.

No one is safe.

A self-taught vigilante working within the system, the tiny taste of authority he has been given has gone straight to his head. He's a small fish in a small pond, but his delusions of grandeur reign supreme and he patrols his beat like a shark scours the ocean. With Ronnie, a little bit of authority is a very dangerous thing. As an overzealous, self-deluded, self-aggrandizing, self-proclaimed supercop with a warped sense of reality, he wants nothing more than to carry a gun—and use it. But Ronnie is the last man who should be licensed to kill. Yet within the confines of his domain, he sees himself as the thin blue line between order and anarchy, ready to serve and protect.

Unfortunately for Ronnie, his job is to observe and report.

Observe and Report—the credo for security details throughout America. Their responsibility: to protect inventory and clientele, while lacking the authority to actually do so.

This is the challenge facing security chief Ronnie Barnhardt and his team. Armed with only a flashlight, taser and modified golf cart, it's a challenge Ronnie, whose relationship with reality is on somewhat shaky ground, does not take lightly. "Ronnie takes his job far too seriously,” says star Seth Rogen, who plays the character. "He sees the mall where he works as the world—you get the sense that he doesn't leave very often.”

When Ronnie's domain is breached by a flasher, he perceives it not only as a threat, but as an opportunity to make his mark—his internal demons spotting a chance to prove that he is an underappreciated paragon of justice trapped in a security guard uniform.

Writer/director Jody Hill has a keen eye for finding the comedy in ordinary situations and a penchant for characters with a warped view of the world. People who see themselves as far more important than they actually are and who have not yet realized their dreams—as seemingly attainable as those dreams may be.

"There's a pervert that comes around to the mall and flashes some of the ladies,” offers Hill. "Ronnie, in his somewhat delusional way, sees this as his call to arms, to greatness. He's on a mission to stop this pervert before the local police can solve the crime. In fact, he really sees the detective as his nemesis and it becomes a violent standoff between Ronnie and the police.”

"Ronnie is an aggressive guy,” confirms Rogen. "He has rage issues, I think. It kind of builds up; this movie catches him at a big moment in his life and he just has to punch it out sometimes.”

"I like the idea of these characters who are in a position of power but don't know how to deal with that,” continues Hill. But he wasn't interested in making a straightforward, lighthearted comedy. "I want to make films that are dangerous and controversial, even if they offend some people,” he asserts.

"Jody wanted to defy genres, in a sense,” comments producer Donald De Line, who first met Hill following Sundance when he saw his feature debut, "The Foot Fist Way.” "I thought Jody had a fantastic, fresh new voice. And he really wanted to push the envelope with ‘Observe and Report,' to do something that didn't fit into any one box. With this dark comedy, I think he's succeeded in that.”

In fact, De Line says Hill purposely brought a more dramatic tradition to the comedy, not wanting the characters to be "winking” at the audience. "He really did approach it like a drama first and foremost; the situations, the outrageousness of it is what makes it funny,” offers the producer. "There are intense fight scenes, male nudity, drug


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