There are two films At the Movies this weekend, Observe & Report and Hannah Montana: The Movie. Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers tells us that one of these films is worth seeing; the other is instant Scum Bucket material. Guess which one is which.
Let's kick things off with Observe & Report, starring the Judd Apatow All-Stars' starting power forward Seth Rogen. Described by Travers as both a "comedy version of Taxi Driver" and "Seth Rogen: Mall Cop," the film tells the story of a mall security guard in Albuquerque who is in pursuit of a flasher that has startled the department store's make-up counter girl, played by Anna Faris.
While this sounds conventional, there will definitely be many audience members out there who will leave disappointed after not getting the kind of humor they've come to expect from Rogen's turns in Knocked Up and Pineapple Express. It's not for everyone, but, "this is the kind of twisted critic I am, these are the kind of things I like," Travers says. The film was written and directed by Jody Hill, a "certifiable lunatic" who along with actor Danny McBride helped create The Foot Fist Way and the hilarious HBO series Eastbound & Down (which just got re-upped for Season Two, holla.)
Also this week, Miley Cyrus' unbearable Hannah Montana: The Movie joins Nic Cage's Knowing and The Haunting of Connecticut as films that have been dumped into the Scum Bucket based on trailer alone. Travers hasn't seen Hannah the movie, but he has seen Hannah the television show and, let's be honest, that's more than most of us can stomach. Still, in the interest of fairness, Travers will go see Hannah Montana: The Movie this weekend, despite it having 16 songs in it. On a side note, be sure to follow @petertravers on Twitter to have Travers randomly enter your life 140 characters at a time.