Excerpt: Probably (and sadly) best remembered for its title change in lieu of the Travon Martin murder last year. Originally titled Neighborhood Watch, The Watch was virtually D.O.A. when it arrived in theaters last summer. Critics weren’t particularly fond of the film and audiences didn’t respond well either. It didn’t help that the Colorado theater shooting also occurred around the time this hit theaters. The big shocker, however is that The Watch is actually quite funny.
Excerpt: The Watch has aliens, intergalactic specimens who have visited Earth to take over us all. They have set up shop in a Costco because, “They really do have everything.” These mouthy critters need to build a communication device to hail their homeworld overlords which will signal the end of mankind. And yet, that is not the most unbelievable thing in The Watch . Nope.
Excerpt: I am all for a good comedy and fun & games, but I do also appreciate when the pieces of a film, no matter how initially scatterbrained, eventually work out within the realm of logic that said film has established. The Watch is very funny in various moments, because it features funny people getting to say and do funny things with each other, (the blooper reel was, of course, quite funny).
Conclusion: At times very funny and entertaining, 'The Watch' comes with more misfires than it does success, and much of that can be seen in the vulgar banter of the main cast. Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill, the sci-fi action comedy ultimately fails to protect or even feel welcomed, offering little amusement outside of the plot of an alien invasion thwarted by a group of incompetents.
Excerpt: After the death of a security officer at his suburban Ohio Costco, store manager Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) decides to form a Neighborhood Watch to find his killer, a motley crew that includes the boisterous Bob (Vince Vaughn), the reprobate Franklin (Jonah Hill) and an odd Brit named Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). The group members find themselves constantly at odds with the local police as they try to find the killer.
Conclusion: The Watch is one of those unfortunate comedies where—by some combination of bad writing and poor timing—the jokes just don't land as well or as often as they should. The film's obvious PG-13 origins are also at-odds with its wannabe hard-R attitude, making for a tonal mish-mash that doesn't blend well.
Excerpt: Something strange keeps happening in The Watch , a new Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn comedy that’s apparently sponsored by Costco, Tide and MAGNUM-brand condoms. Residents of a bucolic Ohio suburb discover that their safe haven has been infiltrated by extraterrestrials, yet they react as if they’re being told a new Starbucks is opening at the corner of Main Street and Grand Ave.