In a premise that could have been hilarious, "The Watch" falls monumentally short.
The original name of the movie, "Neighborhood Watch" had to be changed after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. And while there are moments that are almost worth a chuckle, they all seem to fall flat.
Let's start with the straight man of the movie, Evan. He's a manager at a local Costco and is about as boring as they come. Why Ben Stiller was chosen to play the boring white guy is beyond me. He's proven he can be hysterical when playing an over-the-top roll, like he did in "Tropic Thunder." That's definitely not the case here.
Vince Vaughn is the one playing it loose. He's more the wild card of the group, and by far the funniest part of the movie. Vaughn pulls out that R-rated humor he's so sorely been lacking as of late. One scene when he's visiting Evan's home and starts playing with a Russian Nesting doll cracked me up. His humor is by far the best part.
Jonah Hill plays a sort of mentally challenged man-child. While not completely stupid, Hill's Franklin still lives with mom, owns an armory of weapons and is all about the neighborhood watch that was put together.
This brings us to the plot of this snore-inducing adventure. Evan learns that one of his security guards has been murdered at work. It's not long after that when we find out that there is a full-force alien invasion under way, with the aliens using the Costco as their base, of sorts.
The rest of the movie is pretty much paint-by-numbers. The fumbling, most of the time boring "watch" group learn about the aliens plans to take over the earth and wipe out all of humanity, and must get back their own trivial differences to stop them.
I am now sad to say that I was actually looking forward to seeing this film, but not even 30 minutes in, I was checking my watch constantly. The only funny parts of the movie I can even vaguely recall are the ones involving Vince Vaughn, the only truly good player in this sci-fi/comic caper.
I definitely have to say that I would advise skipping "The Watch." As a matter of fact, I can guarantee the one time I saw it, was the very last time as well.
I give "The Watch" 1 out of 5 stars.
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