The Watch

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill

Directed by Akiva Schaffer
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 1.5
Community: star rating
5 1.5 0
July 27, 2012

We got problems. Start with the title. It used to be Neighborhood Watch till unarmed teen Trayvon Martin was killed by a Florida NW volunteer. Then there's the movie itself, which should be crazy, stupid fun but settles for just stupid. Suburban husband Ben Stiller manages a Costco (a movie-long plug), which aliens are using for their global takeover. Who's he gonna call? Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade and a scene-stealing Jonah Hill. They're funny guys, and their bud Seth Rogen helped write the script. And yet the laughs rarely come as the actors shout their lines as if the script were written in ALL CAPS. What should have been at least Ghostbusters lite ends up sliming audiences with sloppy seconds.

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