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The Watch

The Watch
Starring:
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade and Rosemarie DeWitt


Rated: R for crude language, violence and sexual content
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: July 27, 2012 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

       Four bumbling guys hook up to form a neighborhood watch after a Costco security guard is brutally murdered in director Akiva Schaffer's R-rated comedy.   Ben Stiller plays Evan, the Costco store manager in a fictional Ohio town.   He puts out a call for volunteers to help find the killer of his coworker and try to keep his town safe.  The last thing he expects to find is aliens taking over the bodies of his neighbors and killing them off one by one.
 
       Three goof-offs show up for duty.   Franklyn (Jonah Hill) is a police force reject who lives with his mother.   Richard Ayoade is Jamarcus, recently divorced and hoping to find some women while on patrol and Vince Vaughn plays Bob who just wants to hang out with some guys and have a couple of brews.   Evan is the most conservative, but he can hardly control the group who meet in Bob's basement man-cave.   Writers Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg use so many vulgar sexual references it almost shows a lack of creativity on the part of these guys.
 
       Besides the sci-fi angle, there's some time spent on their personal problems.   Evan and his wife are trying to have children and Bob is having trouble with his teenage daughter, so between scenes fighting off the aliens, they sit down and counsel one another.
 
       SNL alum Will Forte has a funny role as a local police officer suspicious of the group.   He follows and harasses them on their nightly patrols.
 
       The aliens add a different twist from the usual male-dominated comedies.   The actors are all funny on their own, but the endless barrage of unnecessarily gross language gets old really fast.

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