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The Watch (I) (2012)

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Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Guzman
Liz Cackowski ...
Skater Kid
Sharon Gee ...
Mrs. Kim


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

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neighborhood Watch  »

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Box Office


$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,750,297 (USA) (27 July 2012)


$34,350,553 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Neighborhood Watch scheme was first started after the murder of Catherine Genovese in 1964 by stabbing. See more »


After finding out about the invasion, Bob loads a pistol and Franklin says "nice 10mm Beretta." There is no such thing as a 10mm Beretta. See more »


Franklin: [revealing his gun collection] Welcome to candyshop, motherfuckers!
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Crazy Credits

Teenager Announcer is played by Dax Flame, but is credited as Flax Dame See more »


References Avatar (2009) See more »


You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Totally unfunny waste of time
15 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Turned it off after the first 30 minutes, during which I never so much as chuckled once but rolled my eyes plenty. The majority of the obviously intended comedic lines were either vulgar, sexual, immature or a combination of all three. If that's your thing, you might find this to be a funny movie, otherwise you're far more likely to be disgusted. The remainder of the attempted humor involved Vince Vaughn rambling on far, far too long in blatantly obvious ignorance to the task at hand. I know that's supposed to be the humor, but it just isn't. At all. And worse yet, it's just really annoying.

I had higher hopes for Richard Ayoade, who was hilarious in the series IT Crowd, but the gratuitously vulgar and sexual references shoehorned into the dialog significantly detracted from my previous opinion of him. But here again, if you're taste in humor includes jokes about someone hoping to have their balls sucked, this is probably right up your alley.

While I can't say that I've ever found Vince Vaughn's trademark (and only) character terribly funny, Ben Stiller can play a genuinely funny roll. Whether it's a career on the wain or just a bad plot/script, this is not one of Stiller's better performances.

So again, YMMV, but I found this to be totally without any humor, and bordering on painful to watch. I'm less intelligent for having watched 30 minutes of this turd.

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