March 23, 2009
Observe and Report
Jody Hill's cult film "The Foot Fist Way" is without a doubt the funniest thing you have never seen. It barely got a theatrical release, but did garner some praise, mainly due to Will Ferrell talking it up every chance he got.
Jody's new film Observe and Report is getting a full theatrical release next month. The trailer is one of the more perfect examples of how to sell a movie I've ever seen. A perfect blend of comedy highlights, along with great music and some fantastic editing.
Variety saw an early screening, and has a rather interesting review on their website.
Much like the cruel and clueless martial-arts instructor in Hill's breakthrough debut feature, "The Foot Fist Way," Ronnie is more complex, and much scarier, than the kind of self-deluding boob auds usually encounter in comedies of this sort. With the invaluable aid of Rogen, who's never been better, Hill sustains an impressive degree of tension between seemingly contradictory elements. In fact, time and again throughout "Observe and Report," it may strike some viewers that, with just a few tweaks of the script, the scenario could have been played straight as a psychological drama in the vein of "Taxi Driver" (even though the ending plays more like "The King of Comedy").