The first trailer for the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Observe and Report, starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta and Michael Peña has appeared online this afternoon. It tells the story of Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen), the head of security at Forest Ridge Mall who patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won’t give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.

Based on the first trailer, which can be seen below, I’m good and excited about seeing this in March at South by Southwest (SXSW). Despite his recurring character syndrome, Seth Rogen is still an entertaining guy. Anna Faris, who we last saw and enjoyed in The House Bunny, is also a draw — she’s easily one of the 3 or 4 funniest women working in Hollywood these days. The kicker is that Observe and Report is written and directed by Jody Hill, who made an awesome splash with The Foot Fist Way last year. I know this film didn’t exactly make any of our 2009 preview lists, but the more and more I see from it, the more I think that it should be right up there on our “most anticipated” list.

Observe and Report hits theaters nationwide on April 10, 2009. Check out the redband trailer below, courtesy of the film’s official site.

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