Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Movie Review- ‘The Watch’ has babes, aliens, and beer and that’s about it

April Barkley 
WCB Movie Writer

Studio-21 Laps Productions
Director-Akiva Schaffer
Starring-Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn,
Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
Rating-2 out of 4 stars 
I was very much looking forward to watching Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Jonah Hill run around on screen killing aliens. I fulfilled my curiosity and my verdict is that it was a love/hate relationship between me and what I watched on screen.

It sucked but I laughed. Vince Vaughn over did it, which sometimes he does but it didn’t work here. Ben Stiller was entertaining and Jonah Hill was hilarious. Knowing all three were doing a movie together, I figured it would be amazing. It wasn’t. It was stupid, silly, but makes you laugh and has a fairly decent plot. So, it wasn’t all disastrous.

Four guys living in the suburb of Glenview, Ohio are looking to get more involved in the community, meet new friends, and just full their days. They start Glenview’s neighborhood watch. Evan (Ben Stiller) manages the local Costco and is involved in a handful of clubs in town. Bob (Vince Vaughn) has a teenage daughter that likes to wreak havoc and drive him nuts. Franklin (Jonah Hill) is an emotional and crazy young guy living at home who was rejected from joining the local police force. Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) is recently a divorced guy living in the burbs looking for some “happy endings.”  

They don’t do much at night while on watch duty except drink beer, play pool and talk about genitals. But, then, random killings in town occur, people go missing, you know the story. They then realize they have more to do on watch duty. Aliens are invading their town. They feel it’s their job to get to the bottom of what’s happening and stopping the aliens from taking over their town and the world.

The film does have a lot of plot holes. There really isn’t anything new here. The science-fiction-comedy type movie has been done before so it was a nice try. It was interesting they choose three huge names in the comedy family but it didn’t go so well. Genital jokes and sex scenes can only go so far. It wasn’t all that funny or intriguing to watch. Every time Hill came on screen I laughed. He stole the show. And the people in the theater with me agreed. But any other joke that Director Akiva Schaffer was hoping would make a chuckle, failed.

Yeah it was one of those movies where the previews were actually funnier than the film. It was a fun film for a few laughs on a Sunday afternoon but I won’t be adding it to my DVD collection. 

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