The Watch – Movie Review
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Writers: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte
The Watch is four different movies in one-they are really trying to give you value for your money: it’s a funny, awkward buddy movie, a sci-fi alien invasion movie, a scary suspense movie, and a high-action shoot ’em up. All feature the same characters, and have nothing in common other than the utter goofiness. And the amazing amount of vulgarity they manage to pack in. But somehow it works.
Set in the sleepy town of Glenview, a picture-perfect piece of suburbia, you know every one of these characters. The guy who loves his job, and can’t see anything past the small town he lives in. The slacker who’s done well despite himself, and is looking for the next toy to keep him occupied. The new-to-town nerd that hasn’t met anyone yet. And the overenthusiastic I-just-want-to-be-a-cop-but-I’m-too-psychotic-to-be-qualified guy (well, maybe you don’t actually know him). When these guys join together to form a Neighborhood Watch, things get . . . well, silly.
All the things that make you giggle just a little bit when you go to the movies are taken way over-the-top here. Staring with product placement. Ben Stiller’s character works at Costco, and that comes up over and over again, leading to some entertaining bits that take place in and around the store. Vince Vaughn gets to play the dad whose teenaged daughter has a new boyfriend he doesn’t approve of-an old story, but well played here, and updated with the use of social media.
This is really good work from Stiller and Vaughn-despite the comedic aspects of the film, they both keep it reined in just enough. Jonah Hill pulls off the “tough-guy” role of Franklin surprisingly well-he continues to show more and more range. Brit Richard Ayoade is playing the oddest of the guys in the neighborhood, and he is charming in an intellectual, super-nerdy way. I’ve never seen him before (his previous work is all British TV), and I look forward to seeing more of him on the big screen in the future
I collect t-shirts-I have for years. I spent the 1980s going to rock concerts and buying a t-shirt for every band I saw. So I could really relate to Vince Vaughn’s Bob, running through the movie in beat-up classic rock t-shirts, doing his damndest to grow up. This also fed into the mostly classic rock soundtrack-it really worked for me-they matched up the music with appropriate scenes to hilarious effect. Particularly apropos was the use of J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold.”
I came into this one with fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. File it under guilty pleasures and go ahead and see it-wear your sunglasses and a hat if you don’t want to admit you did.
Reviewed by Elektra Hammond
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The Watch Movie Review
The Watch is four different movies in one-they are really trying to give you value for your money: it's a funny, awkward buddy movie, a sci-fi alien invasion movie, a scary suspense movie, and a high-action shoot 'em up. All feature the same characters, and have nothing in common other than the utter goofiness. And the amazing amount of vulgarity they manage to pack in. But somehow it works.