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Movie Review: 'The Watch' May Be Unwatchable

A group of funny guys makes a not-so-funny movie.

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade join forces in a neighborhood to fight off an alien invasion in "The Watch."

"The Watch" has a crippling identity problem. This movie desperately wants to be Ghostbusters, where funny actors confront supernatural happenings, but it never happens. Instead, the film settles for below-the-belt potty humor that's just not that funny.

The moview skews to a young male audience, just in case you're wondering. There is, however, only so much one can take when it comes to blasting aliens and trading jokes relating to the testicles of various species. I mean really? This is comedy?

Some will conclude that "The Watch" is destined for failure. The film had to change its title from "Neighborhood Watch" to "The Watch" after the tragic death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a week before "The Watch" opens, a , making it difficult to belly laugh at jokes about gunplay, shootouts and campaigns to stop the senseless murders in our suburban communities. Plus the film is just not that good. So the flick-o-meter gives "The Watch" a two out of five.

In comedy, timing is everything and sadly, this film has no such thing.

Bwood July 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Odd you should complain about this films "potty humor," when you gave the raunchy "American Pie: Reunion" such a glowing review…. Did you have some kind of moral epiphany since then?
Brett Martin July 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I'm not a big fan of potty humor, in fact I gave American Pie :Reunion a 3 out of five so I would hardly call that glowing. Just in case you have forgotten what I said about American Pie...here it is. In any event, thanks for the feedback. "Most of the jokes, as you might expect, are a bit disgusting. If pooping in a cooler or having your genitals trapped in a laptop is your idea of humor, this movie is for you. The flick-o-meter gives "American Reunion" a three out of five. Gross-out humor is not my thing but I did laugh a few times."
Bwood July 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
You also said this ….. "Each character is dealing with some sort of midlife crisis and relationship problem that builds up to an actually funny comedic payoff in the end. The supporting cast of secondary characters helps this film bring humor to sexless marriages, rehashed high school flings and dead-end careers … or, as I like to say, comic gold. This may be the best film in the series since the original, which came out back in 1999." Maybe it's all semantics, but terms like, "actually funny, "comic gold," and calling it the best film in the series strikes me as glowing, no?

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