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THE WATCH Movie Release date, Cast & Crew Details
THE WATCH Movie Release date: 27th July 2012
THE WATCH Movie Cast & Crew Details
Staring:Ben Stiller,Vince Vaughn,Jonah Hill,Richard Ayoade,Rosemarie DeWitt
Writer:Seth Rogen,Evan Goldberg
Plot:A group of dad try to save earth from alien invasion.
Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
THE WATCH Movie Review
The Watch Movie BY ROGER EBERT Rating(2/4)
"The Watch" has lots of energy but not much inspiration. It's a four-way buddy movie about an alien invasion of Earth — which is already under way from its headquarters in the basement beneath a Costco store. Why Costco? Because there the aliens can find everything under one roof.
The setup: An overnight security guard at the store is murdered by an unseen menace. This angers Evan (Ben Stiller), the store manager, who recruits three other guys to join his neighborhood watch. These are the usual standard buddy group types: a big guy named Bob (Vince Vaughn), a fat guy named Franklin (Jonah Hill) and an ethnic guy named Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). Evan is focused and organized, but the others might as well be the Three Stooges.
"The Watch" is aggressively potty-mouthed, reflecting the recent trend in which the dirty talk in comedies focuses on guys talking about one another's willies instead of the private landscapes of women. There are however a couple of supporting roles for women, including Bob's teenage daughter, Chelsea (Erin Moriarty), and Evan's wife, Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), who we learn in an awkward and unnecessary subplot, can't conceive because Evan is sterile. That's the kind of detail that doesn't bring much to a buddy movie about aliens.
Now about the aliens. They're up-to-date models, looking like a mashup of insectoid, reptilian, dinosaurian, toothy exoskeletons. Like many movie species intelligent enough to travel across interplanetary space, they have no mission on Earth apart from killing us off, while dutifully disgusting us with green slime first.
The members of The Watch, however, have a surprising amount of courage and take on the aliens with Franklin's arsenal of weapons, no doubt obtained via mail order. The aliens can apparently be temporarily killed by bullets, although they can revive long enough for obligatory "Carrie" shots. Their trademark is baring their fangs in profile when they go face to face with humans, displaying a great deal of mucus and what I speculate must be lethal halitosis.
The dialogue by Jared Stern and Seth Rogen benefits from the practiced comic timing of the actors, and by some astonishing verbal imagery. But I dunno. It's so determined to be crude, vulgar and offensive that after a while I grew weary. Abbott and Costello used to knock out funnier movies on this exact intellectual plane without using a single F, S, C, P or A word.
It's not that I was offended; it's that I wasn't amused. This movie is easily the equal of Abbott and Costello, however, in scenes where the characters stare in disbelief from behind shrubbery.
Review: 'The Watch' a silly, vulgar comedy (By Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News)
Let's deal with the big question first.
Is "The Watch" -- the rowdy comedy about four stooges banding together as neighborhood watchmen to battle aliens in the 'burbs -- cringe-worthy, in view of the ongoing George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case? No. But it is tasteless for reasons other than its very tangential association with the Florida neighborhood watchman who killed an allegedly unarmed teenager.
If anything, the silly hard R-rated comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and scene-stealer Richard Ayoade, will offend anyone with even slightly puritan sensibilities. And it's that vulgar, in your-face humor that makes "The Watch," originally titled "Neighborhood Watch," hysterical but, at times, also tiresome.
While the bad-boy irreverence of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the clever team that gave us the stoner flick "Pineapple Express" and "Superbad," remains lethally funny, their screenplay -- co-written with Jared Stern -- doesn't know when to stop with the potty and penis jokes. And while director Akiva Schaffer ("Hot Rod") shows assuredness in detailing these guys bungled antics and their boys-will-be-boys humor, he doesn't quite know what to do with the earnest parts, which feel tossed in.
Fortunately, everyone in the cast steps up to the plate and tags the bases convincingly. Stiller is a perfect fit for Evan, a control-freak Costco manager who joins every committee he can in his whitewashed town of Glenview,
Ohio, but still doesn't belong. When one of his employees -- a night security officer -- is killed in a freak attack at the store, the do-gooder launches a neighborhood watch. Adam's call attracts three misfits. The fast-talkin' Bob (Vaughn) immediately wants to chug beer and move the uptight meeting to his elaborate man-cave. The sketchy and awkward Franklin (Hill) sees the group as a shot for redemption, since the police department wisely passed him over. And the recently divorced Jamarcus (Ayoade) sees it as an opportunity to score with women.
All are good, but it is Ayoade, known for the British TV show "The IT Crowd," who earns the most laughs. That's in part because his is the freshest presence here, but it's also thanks to his impeccable timing. He's especially hilarious in the encounters with an alien, including his attempt to scoot it out the back door.
The band of goofballs ineptly sets up stakeouts to ferret out the alien invader with tentacles. The inept local cops (Will Forte and Mel Rodriguez) laugh at their efforts, the local kids literally egg them and a mysterious and smarmy neighbor (Billy Crudup of "Watchmen") takes a shine to one. As more deaths pop up and telltale signs point to the handiwork of an E.T. with attitude, "The Watch" fumbles with Adam and his wife's (Rosemarie DeWitt) attempt to have kids but deals more effectively with the neighbors' kinky sex lives.
As you can guess, the film wanders around like a wide-eyed freshman at his first frat party. And while that sense of messiness is part of its charm, you find yourself thinking that if this "Watch" cleaned up its act a tiny bit, the laughs would have been even bigger.
* * ½ Rating: R (for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images)
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