The Watch

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The Watch
Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade, Vince Vaughn, The Watch

American superstore Costco gets an iffy amount of brand exposure in this marginally amusing alien-invasion comedy: it provides employment for Ben Stiller’s milquetoast hero and houses a climactic, explosives-heavy showdown between man and extraterrestrial. It’s an apt enough association for a film packaged as pure product, aiming to snare the combined markets for loudmouth comics, sci-fi action and, er, Richard Ayoade – who, however seemingly misplaced, is the freshest thing here.

When a colleague is gruesomely murdered by a slime-trailing killer, Stiller forms a neighbourhood watch force, though fellow members Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ayoade are more interested in bromantic boozing than keeping the peace. As is the film: the intrusion of a somewhat mangy-looking Third Kind doesn’t distract the script from its strict agenda of dick jokes and casual xenophobia. (Aliens, Latinos and Brits are on an equal footing here.) The laughs are as cheap and cheerful as the effects, but the film’s dim laddishness is troubling: Hill’s sociopathic NRA poster boy is ‘too awesome for the police’, apparently, though he seems a greater danger than the aliens.

By: Guy Lodge


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 24 2012
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Screenwriter: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Cast: Vince Vaughn
Jonah Hill
Ben Stiller

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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Enjoyable if only for the movie debut of our superb Richard.Brain out, popcorn, no nonsense movie.

Deserves a 3 star. From the trailers you could see its not a classic but just a movie to go to if you've not much else planned. Loved Jonah hill & typical vince vaughn acting-his lines/catchphrases/characters are getting tiresome as they seem to be the same in every movie hes in.

A laugh free zone where it seems casual racism and knob gags seems to pass as entertainment. A film best seen, if you have to, with a friend who has an orange mobile phone because anything more than two for the price of one seems like a price too high for a by the numbers lame comedy. Worth two stars, just, to differentiate it from the Keith Lemon farago.