There was a reason for me to review "One Night of Love" (see previous entry), beyond taking a slam at opera. It is an easy way to segue into a slam at modern Hollywood, and especialy the "gross" elements that have beocme part of essentially ALL "modern" Hollywood comedies (hose made for adults, anyway). This is true from "Get Smart" to "American Pie" (yes, a movie I moderately liked, as I sort of liked "Porky's", but those movies have left a terrible legacy in the movies that have tried to imitate them).
Crude is now "in". Pleasant, like "one Night of Love" (not really a comedy, but not heavy drama either--while clearly intended for adults, as indicated by at least one scene with Grace Moore in her underwear), is way "out" in modern Hollywood. "Funny" is also way "out". Despite what Hollywood seems to think, "crude" is NOT automatically funny. It is actually an obstqacle to "funny", as illustrated byt he very few Hollywood movies that are now funny. Andy Hardy, along with Ozzie and Harriet, were a lot funnier, and infinitely more pleasant to watch. NO modern Hollywood comedy even comes close to "The Lady Eve", or the other "screwball" comedies of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Yep. I have now arrived at "Observe and Report". Rating: 1 (out of 100). I apologize for this rating. I am morally certain that I have OVERRATED this movie. It is one TERRIBLE, unfunny, movie, where crudity and mindless violence take the place of any real wit. Worse, I saw the previews of no less than 5 "comedies" scheduled for this summer, and they ALL looked hopelessly unfunny--with only the Sandra Bullock movie showing any promise at all, and that one not much. These trailers are supposed to show the BEST of upcoming movies. Don't look for any actually funny movies from Hollywood this summer.
"Observe and Report" is "about" a "mall cop" wanting to be a real cop. Of course, as with the Grace Moore movie, the plot is just an excuse. However, in this case, the plot is just an excuse for mindless crudity. The "1" rating comes only from the moderately surprising scene near the very end involving a gunshot. Crude scene. Immoral scene. But moderately effective in the "Porky's" vein.
The violence in this movie is continuous and vicious, as is the crudity. The "mall cop" spreads mayhem about him. Sure, it is "cartoon" violence, but with real people and real pain--presented with no moral conscience at all. "Dirty Harry" (rating 99) was never this bad!!!
The only way I can illustrate to you how terrible this movie really is--unfunny and immoral--is to talk about the "controversial" "date rape" scene. The "mall cop" has a "yen" for a slutty mall girl. Well, she gets drunk and demands that he give her medication on top of her booze. Then, while she is apparently almost comatose, although making a "comment" that indicates she was still somewhat aware of what was happening, the girl has sex with the mall cop (sown hujmping the virtually comatose girl).
To leftist feminists, and I guess my older daughter (with whom I saw this movie), this is "date rape". It is the main objectionable secen, to them, in this movie (although my daughter though the movie was unfunny, while her boyfriend professed to like it).
I don't even consider this "date rape" (feminsts blurring the meaning of rape). The girl demanded the drugs and alcohol. They were not pushed on her, or deceptively slipped into her drink.
Doesn't matter. Is "date rape" really worse than swinging a skateboard into the face of a teenager skateborading in the mall parking lot? Almost EVERY scene in this movie glorifies crudity and mindless violence. To key your objection to this movie on "date rape" just--to me--exposes your politically correct politics and moral insensitivity (to everything but leftist, feminist, "hot button" issues).
Did I mentioin that the "mall cop" appears to be clinically insane--on anti-psychotic medication? This is supposed to be FUNNY? Have we really sunk this far as a society?
Maybe so. It is not for nothing that this blog has declared it OVER for the USA, as we re-enact the fall of the Roman Empire by betralying every value we ever had--including the values that made us a great country.