OBSERVE AND REPORT:
A guy slipping and falling on a banana peel becomes funny to a spectator when he knows that the ďvictimĒ is okay. The bipolar, delusional mall security guard (Seth Rogen) in this movie has his comedic moments but heís definitely not okay. Rogenís (KNOCKED UP) character combines the incompetent bravado of Barney Fife with the mental state of TAXI DRIVERís (1976) Travis Bickle, resulting in a person headed for the kind of murder-suicide normally splashed on the front page of a Mexican newspaper. Apparently director/writer Jody Hill didnít get the memo either that alcoholics havenít made for humorous material since the early Ď80s (See sidebar below) because a pass out drunk mother (Celia Weston) is played for laughs along with a shallow, cosmetics-counter clerk (Anna Faris) who becomes the object of the shopping center copís affection after a tequila-induced ďhurlingĒ episode. (Is it just me or does every movie Iíve seen lately have a scene where someoneís losing his/her lunch?) The screenplay is totally implausible since a loose cannon like Rogenís security guard would be fired at the first sign of his continuing unstable behavior. Thereís also a scene where he takes out a gang of urban thugs even though it has been established that heís a marshmallow without a firearm in his hands. I realize that a fake documentarian named Borat taught us a few years back that any subject is comedy fodder. But he went on to show how such formerly taboo matters could induce unabashed laughter. This movie attempts the same feat around a person who is mentally ill and winds up inducing multiple cringeworthy moments. Skip it.
EXCELLENT MOVIES ABOUT ALCOHOLICS/ALCOHOLISM: ARTHUR (1982), COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA (1952), THE COUNTRY GIRL (1954), DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962), IíLL CRY TOMORROW (1955), LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995), THE LOST WEEKEND (1945), MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982), A STAR IS BORN (1954), YOU KILL ME (2007)