MOVIE REVIEW: THE WATCH (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
Director: Akiva Shaffer

I guess this movie is supposed to be a sci-fi comedy. I did see an alien in the movie but I couldn’t find the jokes. The Watch is a total snooze-fest, and that becomes obvious within the first 15 minutes.

The Watch 2012

We have Ben Stiller taking the lead as Evan Trautwig, a friend-less dweeb who forms a neighborhood watch after his Costco co-worker is murdered at work during the overnight shift. Evan recruits Bob (Vaughn), a fast talking loudmouth who uses The Watch to spy on his daughter; Franklin (Hill), a loser who was rejected from the police force and holds a grudge against the local officers; and Jamarcus (Ayoade), a recent divorcé with an extreme fondness for oral sex. Sigh.

The four guys seem to get along at the beginning, but naturally a rift builds as Evan takes the watch too seriously and the other guys want to hang out and drink. However, once they stumble upon an alien they realize two things- a violent alien is in the neighborhood and there are more aliens that are disguised as humans. If you watched the trailer you’ve already seen most of the alien fun, so yes the fun goes downhill from that point. And I don’t know if this was intentional, but I wasn’t surprised when I learned which people are aliens. This movie is not subtle at all.

I knew what to expect going into this. The cast line-up automatically means this will be a ‘boys’ movie: gore, penis jokes, pee, poop, snot and whatever else grown men and young boys find humorous. It may be gross out humor but the key is to have jokes that are actually funny. I think I laughed out loud a couple of times, and one of those times was forced a little bit. Let’s call this movie ‘Unwatchable’ and move on with our lives. Oh, and don’t get me started on the first few minutes that played out as a Costco commerical. This whole movie just didn’t make sense to me.

Did you like The Watch?

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