This movie was quite a surprise. Mainly because it was two things I did not expect it to be: Really dark, and more importantly, really funny. Mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogan) is called into action to stop a flasher terrorizing the mall. But as the movie progresses, we see that Ronnie has a slew of his own mostly mental and emotional problems to deal with which give him a delusional world view. That’s the technical description. But really, he’s a mall cop who is fucked in the head and it’s hilarious. People thinking they are going to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop are going to be sorely disappointed. And also probably never going to make more than minimum wage. But I digress. This isn’t a Hollywood bullshit movie. Hell, it’s almost like “Clerks” meets “Blue Velvet”. The movie has it all! Abusive drug and alcohol use, sex, violence, and even a healthy dose of “Revolutionary Road”‘s crushing suburban malaise. Oh, but much funnier. Jody Hill somehow snuck this movie through the system but then had it fucked up at the finish line with the trailer editing. Too bad. But the main thing here is that he made a movie with voice and vision, something filmmakers all strive for. He got his break when “The Foot Fist Way” got popular via Adam McKay and Will Ferrell picking it up for distribution and promoting it. Looks like he got to ride a little cred. Is it perfect? No, but its flaws are such that they don’t detract from the whole experience. The tone is uneven and there is a bit more blood than I was expecting, for a comedy set in a mall. Some extraneous scenes and some characters that feel a little forced, like the alcoholic mother, are minor bumps on a twisted road. Now, I think Seth Rogan is overrated. But after seeing this movie, now I just think he’s over-exposed. Okay he’s still a little overrated. But if he had made this movie before he was famous, he’d be just as huge as he is now. The guy is really good as a bi-polar, delusional everyman. Anna Faris is now queen of the funny hot blondes and Kudos also to Patton Oswalt with a small role as a tyrannical food court manager. Ray Liotta plays a great jerky detective. But I still can’t get the image of his head opening up in that horrible “Hannibal” movie. Oh, well. That movie is now his “Basic Instinct” but with his exposed brain replacing Sharon Stone’s vagina. But back to “Observe and Report”. Jody Hill has made a mall-set “Office Space” but with more blood and guts. This will be a cult classic in a few years, and will find an evergreen audience of twisted comedy fans. I’m putting “The Foot Fist Way” in my Netflix queue right now.