The Watch aka Neighborhood Watch made its way to the big screen today July 27th 2012, Friday. The Watch stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. In this comedy film, these four friends find themselves in a whole new adventure after stating that their lives are so boring. There really is a ton of laughter and silly antics in this movie which can be enjoyed by movie goers in the country. So what is the verdict to this movie? Let’s take a look at a movie review for The Watch written by Randy Myers:
“The Watch: A Comedy Film With Outstanding Actors
Let’s deal with the big question first.
Is “The Watch” — the rowdy comedy about four stooges banding together as neighborhood watchmen to battle aliens in the ‘burbs — cringe-worthy, in view of the ongoing George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case? No. But it is tasteless for reasons other than its very tangential association with the Florida neighborhood watchman who killed an allegedly unarmed teenager.
If anything, the silly hard R-rated comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and scene-stealer Richard Ayoade, will offend anyone with even slightly puritan sensibilities. And it’s that vulgar, in your-face humor that makes “The Watch,” originally titled “Neighborhood Watch,” hysterical but, at times, also tiresome.
While the bad-boy irreverence of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the clever team that gave us the stoner flick “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad,” remains lethally funny, their screenplay — co-written with Jared Stern — doesn’t know when to stop with the potty and penis jokes. And while director Akiva Schaffer (“Hot Rod”) shows assuredness in detailing these guys bungled antics and their boys-will-be-boys humor, he doesn’t quite know what to do with the earnest parts, which feel tossed in.
Fortunately, everyone in the cast steps up to the plate and tags the bases convincingly. Stiller is a perfect fit for Evan, a control-freak Costco manager who joins every committee he can in his whitewashed town of Glenview, Ohio, but still doesn’t belong. When one of his employees — a night security officer — is killed in a freak attack at the store, the do-gooder launches a neighborhood watch.
Adam’s call attracts three misfits. The fast-talkin’ Bob (Vaughn) immediately wants to chug beer and move the uptight meeting to his elaborate man-cave. The sketchy and awkward Franklin (Hill) sees the group as a shot for redemption, since the police department wisely passed him over. And the recently divorced Jamarcus (Ayoade) sees it as an opportunity to score with women.
All are good, but it is Ayoade, known for the British TV show “The IT Crowd,” who earns the most laughs. That’s in part because his is the freshest presence here, but it’s also thanks to his impeccable timing. He’s especially hilarious in the encounters with an alien, including his attempt to scoot it out the back door.
The band of goofballs ineptly sets up stakeouts to ferret out the alien invader with tentacles. The inept local cops (Will Forte and Mel Rodriguez) laugh at their efforts, the local kids literally egg them and a mysterious and smarmy neighbor (Billy Crudup of “Watchmen”) takes a shine to one.”
Read the rest of the review at Mercury News
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