Review: The Watch
- Starring: Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum), Vince Vaughn (Old School), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street), and more.
- Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
- Synopsis: “Four everyday suburban guys come together to form a neighborhood watch group, but only as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood–and the world–from total extermination.”
- Rated: Rated R for strong language, sexual content, and violence
Comedic actor Ben Stiller teams up with cohorts Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and relative newcomer Richard Ayoade in this highly predictable comedy entitled The Watch. Directed by Akiva Schaffer (director of Hot Rod), The Watch introduces the characters of a suburban community in which activity leader Evan Trautwig assembles a group of volunteers to defend the neighborhood from violence after an employee at his local CostCo meets a most unfortunate and bizarre demise.
The situation becomes even more bizarre as events and discoveries of an extra-terrestrial nature unfold in this unbelievable comedy in which reality meets up with utter ridiculousness.
While waiting for this barely bearable travesty to stop its continual shameless product promotions (CostCo, Tide, Samsung, Coca-Cola, etc), plot holes, useless characters, and crude/foul language that may increase earmuff stock this week, the biggest disappointment in this film is the stars themselves. True, there are a few laughs to be had in this film, but the biggest attractions for this movie…Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn…do very little to impress in terms of comedy, material, and performance as they stay in their familiar “comedy comfort zone” that offers nothing new to their trade.
The Watch: Potential succumbs to predictability. Far from family friendly. (Parents, please heed the warnings of violence, gratuitous language with the overabundance of the f-word, strong sexual content, and crude humor in this film.) It attempts to tie together several different underlying, yet forgettable storylines that simply serve little purpose in the overall extra-terrestrial tale. Crazy antic after crazy antic is what keeps mediocre alien invasion movie entitled The Watch barely watchable amid the preposterous plots.
The ultimate question: Should you watch The Watch? If you are looking for an unbelievable and slightly ill-conceived neighborhood adventure that requires very little thinking and induces very little laughter, then your answer is simply “Eh, sure.”
Score: I give 1 out of 5 stars for The Watch …and that’s being quite generous. I won’t be watching The Watch again anytime soon.
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer