Why Jody Hill is the real deal, a review of him and his new movie

observe_and_report_ver2First came The Foot Fist Way, a hilarious and low-key comedy about a Tae Kwon Do instructor who thinks he’s the man, when in reality he’s just an overweight redneck who happens to be able to throw a punch or two.

Then there was Eastbound and Down, an HBO sitcom (previously written about here) about a former MLB pitcher who thinks he’s the man, but in reality is just an overweight redneck with no moral compass whatsoever, who happens to be able to throw a baseball.

Now there’s Observe and Report, a ridiculously dark comedy about a mall cop who thinks he’s the man, but in reality is just an overweight, bi-polar nutjob who takes his job way too seriously (but is in fact fairly good at it when he’s on his meds).

These synopses may make it seem like Jody Hill, the director and co-creator of all three projects, is a one trick pony, but he’s not. All of his characters are losers, but they’re ones who the viewer actually cares about, no matter how stupid they are, or how offensive they get. In Observe for example, Ronnie Barnhardt, the mall cop, is a deeply disturbed individual, prone to violence. But you can’t help but root for him, even when he’s beating the crap out of a bunch of teenage skateboarders with their own skateboards, breaking a drug dealers arm almost clean off, or smashing a heavy flashlight into the heads of a line of charging cops Oldboy style. He’s just so likable, despite these flaws.

If the above descriptions didn’t give it away, this is a dark comedy. Really dark. Pitch black. The best description I’ve heard was from a reader review on AICN. The reviewer, going by the handle Kid Idioteque, said, “To say it has a black heart is to miss the point entirely. It has no heart. Nothing is off limits…” The films 50% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 54 on Metacritic really say it all. This is either a love it or hate it affair. And as I’ve insinuated, I loved every cringe-inducing second of it, and look forward to Jody Hill’s next “loser” (as he calls his characters) on film. Also, hooray for the Eastbound season two greenlight!

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~ by flexifish87 on April 12, 2009.

2 Responses to “Why Jody Hill is the real deal, a review of him and his new movie”

  1. Hi nice blog 🙂 I can see a lot of effort has been put in.

  2. Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

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