The Watch (2012) Review

The watch felt like somebody put a group of comedians into a room and told them to make jokes about an alien invasion, worst thing about this film is its non-existent direction by anybody behind the cameras. Nevertheless it’s funny at times because the people they picked are generally funny comedians so it’s hard not to at least smile at them being uncontrolled. It’s pretty bad as a movie but it does make you occasionally laugh so I putting this in the average list of films. I wouldn’t tell anybody to see but I also wouldn’t scream no! If they said they wanted to see it.

In the small town of Glenview, Ohio, Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) is an active participant in the community and the senior manager of the local Costco store. His life is disrupted when the store’s night security guard is murdered. The local police have no leads and show no interest in investigating further. Determined to find the killer and bring him to justice, Evan decides to form a Neighborhood Watch. However, he only manages to recruit Bob (Vince Vaughn), a construction worker and loving father, Franklin (Jonah Hill), a high school dropout who dreams of being a police officer but failed the written, physical, and mental health tests, and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade), a recent divorcee.But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighbourhood — and the world — from total extermination.

The advice I would give to readers is that if you are bored and want to see something new in cinema maybe watch this but be warned it’s not good nor is it bad, well it is sometimes.


To start off let’s talk about the acting. Terrible, you have probably heard about a billion times how Stiller, Vaughn and Hill just be themselves and is nothing new from any of them other than the fact that there doesn’t appear to be a script involved, which I am sure they are used to in most films. Just saw that Seth Rogen was the writer for this (Fail) and that is disappointing because he has done well screenwriting before for example Superbad and Pineapple Express. However Hill did do better because he seemed to have fun as a psychopathic wannabe cop but could have been more extreme which would have been better. Ayoade was the funniest to me and easily delivered the funniest lines, but to be fair the competition wasn’t high in this film. I am a fan of his from the IT Crowd and I am glad he is moving into film and I hope this failing film doesn’t hamper that. Terrible script for the most part, funny sometimes but from the cast mainly. As for minor roles Will Forte always seems to be in funny stuff and he was actually behind more of my laughs than some of the main cast, so bravo him.

Check out the trailer:

Ok so let’s talk about the visuals, something I normally miss off in comedy reviews but in this film they are used significantly enough to merit mention. When you first see the alien in the film it’s kind of shocking, not because it jumps out at somebody but because it looked surprisingly realistic (seriously I have a picture of one in the slideshow at the bottom). When I saw it I was like wow that’s an alien that looks alright which is not normally the case for comedy films, far from it. The rest of the films visuals are all good as well and I have no complaints in that department and if anything they bump this films score up to average. Ok lastly for the film is that I don’t understand what their target audience was for this film, because it’s got Sci-fi, Comedy, younger actors, middle aged actors, aliens, one dad having issues with his teenage daughter and a man who’s ashamed of being unable to have kids. Seriously I don’t know who would love this film because it all over the place really.

The best reviews I have found are these “It’s got a cast to kill for, a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg script (they wrote Superbad) and a promisingly Ghostbusters-ish premise. And yet it’s catastrophic.” Catherine Shoard. That’s sadly true and I am not sure what happened to this film to be what it ended up as. Also “A film packaged as pure product, aiming to snare the combined markets for loudmouth comics, sci-fi action and, er, Richard Ayoade – who, however seemingly misplaced, is the freshest thing here. “ Guy Lodge. Ayoade is the best thing in this film and I like that other noticed it. These are so good here’s another “The Watch is unwatchable – a punishingly long, aggressively crude, laugh-free American comedy about neighbourhood vigilantes in suburban Ohio.” Christopher Tookey. Ohhh! Want some lotion for that burn. My funniest scene would be Ayoade: “These are the shits” Stiller: “No not the shits, just shit”, Ayoade: “Oh, these are just shit”. Not even that funny but the funniest part for me.

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12 responses to “The Watch (2012) Review”

  1. Dan says :

    How could they get this movie so wrong. When I first heard about/saw the trailer I thought this could be really funny. Yet, it doesn’t work.


  2. The Focused Filmographer says :

    Yep, you’re right, the acting was terrible and the movie went in some rather irrelevant and surprising directions. You were a little kinder to this movie than I, but a nice review.


  3. CMrok93 says :

    Was barely funny and even when it was, it was only because Hill has perfect delivery but even he gets the shit-hit from Vaughn and Stiller who take up most of the film bitchin’ about their kids, or lack thereof. Good review Tim. This one was a real bummer.


  4. sanclementejedi says :

    hmmmm can’t say I am real excited to check this out. I was a bit more intrigued when I heard about the alien angle but it sounds from your review its a mediocre streaming choice at best.


  5. jmount43 says :

    Not too sold on this one, Tim. Great write-up!


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