Unacceptably Crude Sci-Fi Comedy
Release Date: July 27, 2012
Genre: Comedy/Science Fiction
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Producer: Shawn Levy
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn star in THE WATCH. Stiller plays civic-minded Evan Troutwig, the local Costco manager in Glenview, Ohio. The Costco security guard’s body is found torn apart, with his skin missing. So, Evan decides to form a neighborhood watch group, partly to track down the murderer.
Only three other guys show up for the meeting Evan arranges: party-minded family man Bob (Vaughn), overly zealous and creepy Franklin, and a weird, recently divorced guy from England, Jamarcus. Evan is a bit of a control freak, but he immediately has problems trying to control this rowdy bunch.
The comedy surges into high gear when these four mismatched goofballs discover that the murderer is an alien from outer space. The alien leads a small group that’s building a transmitter under the Costco, to signal an alien armada coming to destroy all Earthlings. Evan’s neighborhood watch group is the only thing standing in their way. Too bad for Earth! Or, is it?
THE WATCH has some funny, exciting moments, but the fun is greatly diminished by lots of offensive content. For instance, the foul language and sexual comments are nearly constant. Also, at one point, Evan and Jamarcus run into a local orgy run by Evan’s new creepy neighbor, Paul. In that scene, the movie shows two couples fornicating. It also implies that three guys are just standing around masturbating while they discuss mundane matters. A quick moment of very gory violence occurs early when the unseen alien monster murders the security guard.
The strong pagan comedy in THE WATCH is mitigated slightly by some moral, pro-family elements. For example, Evan truly cares about his community and his wife. Also, Vince Vaughn’s character, Bob, cares about his wife and daughter. Otherwise, however, MOVIEGUIDE® considers THE WATCH excessive and unacceptable viewing. Media-wise parents and families will agree, so moviegoers should find something better to do for their weekend entertainment.
THE WATCH has some funny, exciting moments, but the fun is greatly diminished by lots of offensive content. For instance, the foul language and sexual comments are nearly constant. In one scene, two of the guys stumble on a neighborhood orgy. The strong crude comedy in THE WATCH is mitigated slightly by some moral, pro-family elements. Otherwise, however, THE WATCH is excessively offensive and unacceptable. Media-wise moviegoers will want to avoid THE WATCH.