“Listen you f***ers you screwheads…”

Posted by · 9:42 am · March 21st, 2009

I was watching some special on “Eastbound & Down” recently where one of the producers (might have been Will Ferrell, or maybe it was David Green) was talking about how the show is a commentary on the state of the hero in pop culture.  Then I heard the talk out of SXSW about “Observe and Report,” Joe Leydon’s review, for instance, indicating transgression and the idea of capturing the film’s essence in four words: “Travis Bickle: Mall Cop.”

More and more I dig what this crew (Jody Hill, Green, Seth Rogen, etc.) is doing with comedy on the screen and forgive me, but I think Jeff Wells is missing the purposeful irony of a tag line like “Right now, the world needs a hero.”  Given the perspective Hill and company have on protagonists on the small screen, I think this is more than just an arbitrary Warner Bros. marketing decision.

I haven’t seen “Observe and Report,” but I’m catching a whiff of something truly special.

Observe and Report advertisement in Times Square

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  • 1 3-21-2009 at 9:50 am

    average joe said...

    I saw the trailer last night and I really dug the dark undertone of it. It’ll probably turn a lot of people off, but it sure did get me interested. It’s good that WB isn’t misleading people about the tone of the film.

  • 2 3-21-2009 at 12:15 pm

    Jim said...

    Have you seen the new South Park episode? Maybe Travis Bickle is “the symbol this town needs.”

  • 3 3-21-2009 at 12:41 pm

    Troy said...

    I just have to say that in the commercial when that annoying chick says “physically yes, physcologically nooooooo”, I want to break my tv.

  • 4 3-21-2009 at 3:46 pm

    Gareth said...

    Ha. I love this article. Way back when this trailer first popped up in theaters I turned to my friend and said that this is so a comedic take on Taxi Driver. I was immediately laughed at and told I was looking too deep into the trailer…. ahhhh vindication…