In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.
Dave is a married man with two kids and a loving wife , and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain when lightning strikes and they switch bodies.
In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There are a few undeniably funny moments of vulgarity styled after the laughs often found in the works of Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen.
It's got a great cast, an interesting setup, some hilarious dialogue
and space aliens. The Watch is stocked with immature humor, gross-out
gags and crass conversations as one would expect, but once the
otherworldly visitors appear, it simply doesn't gel. The concept of
defending against an extraterrestrial invasion has been successfully
merged with humor before (see Men in Black, Mars Attacks! and Attack
the Block), but here it feels like an afterthought, neither authentic
nor necessary in conveying a story of misfit buddies attempting to
protect their town. There are a few undeniably funny moments of
vulgarity styled after the laughs often found in the works of Jonah
Hill and Seth Rogen, but these segments feel misplaced in a film that
can't wrap itself around a sensible plot to showcase the comedy.
Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) loves his town of Glenview, Ohio and is
deeply devoted to both the community and his job as the manager of the
local Costco. But when the night guard at his store is brutally
murdered, Evan determines to get even more involved and creates his own
"neighborhood watch" to help the undermanned police department track
down the killer. Recruiting Bob (Vince Vaughn), an overprotective
father who just wants to hang out with the guys, Franklin (Jonah Hill),
a trigger-happy maniac rejected by the police department for mental
instability, and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade), a mild-mannered Brit with a
fantasy of rescuing lonely housewives, Evan attempts to lead his misfit
gang in search of clues. When the group uncovers the unearthly beings
behind the crime, they must band together to save not only their
beloved town, but also the whole world.
The Watch is a confusing mess of genres, delving into comedy, horror
(with bloody violence and slimy monstrosities), drama, romance (of the
light-hearted kind), and action/adventure (bizarrely fixating on
slow-motion shootouts). At times, even when it's just comedic, it
switches between slapstick, situational, dialogue-driven,
teen-oriented, and raunchy. It never knows what it wants to be, partly
thanks to the shifting styles and perhaps mostly due to the current
events surrounding the real life Neighborhood Watch shooting in
Florida; a tragic incident and extremely unfortunate coincidence for
the marketing of this movie forcing plenty of edits and the changing
of the title. Regardless of the controversial subject matter, the
unearthly direction The Watch chooses to go spells certain doom for the
effectiveness of the humor. Like a spoof of Invasion of the Body
Snatchers coupled with a cross between Men in Black and Old School,
there's simply no home for the vast range of unrelated settings,
characters, actions, and conversations (largely involving bodily fluids
as if preoccupied with duplicating the verbiage of Superbad which is
not surprising considering scripting by Seth Rogen).
Tackling the classic scenario of a common, quiet little suburb becoming
immersed in extraordinary occurrences (with a few central roles being
the only ones aware of the situation), The Watch borrows too heavily
from previously established filmic premises. What's worse is the
promising ensemble cast, which looks good on paper but results in
disinterest. Stiller is once again the straight man, insistent on doing
his job; Vaughn is the loud-mouthed instigator; and Hill is the kooky
oddball, spouting most of the off-the-wall comments and revealing his
life to be the least matured. Will Forte rounds out the group with an
amusing appearance as the stereotypical, incompetent, overconfident
cop. While themes of isolation, suspicion, control, reclaiming family
values, and expending limitless ammo in an environment free from
sincere physical consequences seep into the mundane plot, the
disorganized and extraneous feel of many of the scenes causes The Watch
to be a consistently threadbare bore.
The Massie Twins
67 of 128 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?