Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Watch: Quick Movie Review.

The Watch.

Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn

Writers: Seth Rogen, Even Goldberg, Jared Stern

Director:  Akiva Schaffer

**'s out of four.

Four guys who don't have a lot of friends get together to start a neighborhood watch and end up discovering aliens living in their town.  Even though these people get shit upon by most of the town folks.  I wouldn't go as far as to call them loosers.  Ben Stiller's character is married to the lovely Rosemarie Dewitt so obviously he must of done something right to get with a woman that beautiful.  The only main issue I have with this movie is that all of the actors are doing their usual character tropes that have been used before
.  Vince Vaughn is going to be that loud fast talking guy that he has done since "Swingers"  Ben Stiller will do his usual  every day man routine that he has used since "Meet The Parents" became a big hit..  Next have Jonah Hill repeat the same role he did with "Superbad" and then get an actor from a comedy show most people haven't heard of ( Richard Ayoade from "The IT Crowd')  to fill in the gaps.    They all work just fine together, it's just  I have seen it all  before and it's not that interesting any more.

I'm glad the filmmakers used practical effects for the alien creatures instead of relying heavily on computer effects.  The design work of these creatures  were pretty bad ass and I almost want there to be a sequel just so I can view more of them.  I heard at one point that this was going to be a family rated feature and if you removed the talk about dicks and the F bombs it really could have been one.  It was almost like the director gave the script while it was in development to some 7th graders and had them do a  quick polish and make some additions.  I love a good raunchy joke as much as the next guy, but the ones in here never really seemed to go anywhere.  The movie also tries to add in some character drama that feels really out of place and slows the story way down.

"The Watch" is the frat house version of "Men in Black". It has a few good chuckles and a good enough cast that I really wanted to laugh more then I did.

(Seriously,  You expect me to believe that joining a neighborhood watch group is more fun the a night with her. ) 


  1. Yeah, I am planning on watching this sometime this week. I'm guessing I'll feel about the same way. Vince Vaughn is one of my favorites, but I can see how it's getting a little old.

    Don't know if you've seen the SNL skit where they say that a twelve or thirteen year old writes "boobies" into every episode of Game of Thrones. Reminded me of your description of this.

    1. lol. No I did not se that Sketch, but it sounds very funny. I wonder who the host was so I could look it up. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I think this is quite a generous review. Probably one of the worst films I have seen this year.

    1. If I'm being generous. It's only because Rosemarie Dewitt was cast in this. Thanks for the comment Scott.

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