July 26, 2012
Review: “The Watch”
This so called comedy, is about four guys, who have come together to ‘watch over’ their suburban neighborhood of Glenview Ohio.
In this serene safe haven lives Evan Troutwig (Ben Stiller) a dull, civic minded man who loves his wife Abby (Rosemarie Dewitt), his neighborhood and his mangerial job at Cosco.
Shortly after the film begins the Cosco night watchmen is murdered propelling Evan to form a neighborhood watch to find the culprit and make sure something like that never happens again.
Not everyone, however, shares Evan’s enthusiasm for justice…Only three guys show up at his house for the first meeting…
Franklin (Jonah Hill) who still lives with his mom and has a large collection of guns hidden under his bed…Bob (Vince Vaughn, a tough talking dad with an uncontrollable teenage daughter, and the recently divorced and extremely horny, Jamarcus (the funny but underused, Richard Ayoade)
To Evan’s dismay, these dudes are more interested in drinking beer and shooting the breeze than doing any serious ‘watching’.
However that all changes when…
One evening, while out on patrol, the boys’ vehicle hits something that leaves behind a trail of green goo and they wind up finding a strange bowling ball like device that emits a beam of energy capable of destroying…well…practically anything and everything in its path…
What could this be? our fearsome foursome ponder.
It’s not until our manly men find a large creepy looking tentacle that they finally realize…
THERE ARE ALIENS IN THEIR MIDST.
Funny right? Hmm…not SO much.
The film is filled with stupid sexist bits that we’ve all seen before, unfunny jokes and tired performances from Stiller and Vaughn. Only Ayoade brings to his part a few moments of humor, but definitely not enough to make this movie written by Seth Rogan (along with Jason Stern and Evan Goldberg) worth seeing.
‘The Watch’ directed by Akiva Schaffer opens in theatres, Friday July 27, 2012 and received a very low bagel score from both John and myself. Check out our funny video review for more of our thoughts on this film which is definitely a DVD rental.