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->''"I thought this was gonna be funny, but instead it's just kinda sad."''
-->-- '''Det. Nichols''', ''Observe and Report''

''Observe and Report'' (2009) is a ''very'' dark comedy starring Seth Rogen as a delusional mall security guard who becomes obsessed with catching a flasher. Being released 3 months after the [[ComedyGhetto PG-rated]] ''PaulBlartMallCop'', the films have drawn inevitable [[DuelingMovies comparisons]] to each other.
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!!This film includes examples of:

* AlphaBitch: Brandi through and through.
* BackUpTwin: Discussed. "If one of you died, God sent me another."
* BrainlessBeauty: Brandi
* BlackComedy: The film is essentially ''TaxiDriver'' made funny.
* BlackComedyRape: Brandi is possibly blackout drunk yet Ronnie has no qualms with having sex with her. CrossesTheLineTwice when she asks, "Why are you stopping, motherfucker?"
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend: Dennis]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Deconstructed as sane people consider Ronnie a delusional person and try to avoid him for it.
* ClusterFBomb: This movie is ''loaded'' with these. One example includes Ronnie and Saddamn (an Indian clerk who is harassed constantly by Ronnie due to his heritage) engaging in an argument consisting of nothing of "fuck you's", which grow quiet until they are mouthing the insults to each other.
* CurbStompBattle: Ronnie vs. 6 crackheads. They're able to touch him ''once.''
* DarkerAndEdgier than ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'', in no small part due to being BloodierAndGorier.
* DirtyCop: Ronnie and Harrison were this in spades.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** [[spoiler:Ronnie shoots the flasher in the chest. Sure, he's a flasher, but gunfire is a bit much for such a petty criminal. He doesn't die and is duly arrested, though.]]
** [[spoiler: Ronnie annoys Harrison for a day and in return Harrison leaves Ronnie to get murdered by drug dealers.]]
** Ronnie might be a jerk and a hindrance, but [[spoiler:Det. Harrison going out of his way to personally inform Ronnie that he failed the psychological test to become a police officer and the enjoyment he got from seeing Ronnie's dream crushed was just cruel. One of his fellow pranksters even calls him on it, saying it's "just sad."]]
* DistressedDamsel: What Ronnie considers Brandi. Nell is also in need of some manly backup.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Dennis seems to be a quiet-natured and supportive friend who genuinely believes he can help Ronnie... by getting him to steal, beat up kids and take heroin. Even after betraying Ronnie, he sends a friendly postcard.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Ronnie and Harrison.
* HeroAntagonist: Det. Harrison is just a cop trying to bust a flasher and butting heads with a seriously deranged mall cop, but he's also such a sleazebag that he manages to stay pretty firmly in the villain category.
* HeroicWannabe: Ronnie himself wants to do just about anything to be a heroic cop.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Ronnie.
* HystericalWoman: Brandi after the flasher exposes himself to her
* InsultBackfire: When Ronnie calls Brandi out on her promiscuous ways after she thanks him for rescuing her from the flasher. Just watch her reaction when Ronnie points her out as one who will stab you in the back by ''screwing'' your enemies.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ronnie, Brandi and Harrison are all real jerks. In particular, Saddamn (see quote above in ClusterFBomb).
* KarmaHoudini: Much like in ''TaxiDriver,'' Ronnie narrowly escapes punishment for his crimes by managing to become a hero at the last minute. Also, [[spoiler: Dennis robs the mall frequently, gets Ronnie to beat kids for skateboarding on mall property, and ends up knocking Ronnie out and stealing a car to flee. The last we hear of him has him partying in Mexico.]]
* KnightTemplar: Ronnie had way too much abuse of authority in his hands.
* LadyDrunk: Ronnie's mom.
* TheMall: Where Ronnie is the head of security.
* MilesGloriosus: Subverted. Ronnie appears to be an example, until he unleashes a CurbStompBattle on some hoods.
* MommasBoy: Ronnie. Never really explained whether he lives with his mom or she with him.
* MuggingTheMonster: Some drug dealers try to victimize Ronnie when he's dropped off in their hood. Even the audience doesn't realize how crazy violent he is until this point.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Even if you [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation don't consider Ronnie to be a good guy]], what he does to Nell's boss and coworker qualifies as "two wrongs making a right".
* NoMedicationForMe: Ronnie abruptly decides to go off his meds.
* NotSoDifferent
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Ronnie
* PaperThinDisguise: Ronnie tries to go undercover to catch the flasher. No one is fooled.
* RabidCop: Ronnie himself.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: What Ronnie believes being left at "the crossroads" was.
* ShoutOut: Ronnie's brawl with the police is choreographed like the football-themed brawl in ''Film/FlashGordon'', and features the same music.
* StalkerWithACrush: Ronnie to Brandi.
* StoodUp: What Brandi tried to do to Ronnie. Subverted when he waits outside her house for hours until she arrives and convinces her to still go out with him.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Nell, towards the end, though she was never truly disabled; she was just recovering from surgery.
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