24 Aug 2012
31 Jan 2013
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An outrageous comedy in which four everyday suburban guys (played by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & Richard Ayoade) come together to form a neighbourhood watch group, but only as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. 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.
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THE WATCH (USA/15A/102mins)
Directed by Akiva Schaffer. Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Mel Rodriguez, Doug Jones.
THE PLOT: We’re in the generic – and fictional – suburban town of Glenview, Ohio, and the neighbourhood is about to witness the first real excitement of its existence; an alien invasion. As luck would have it for Evan Troutwig (Stiller), he’s the manager of the local Costco, which the aliens have made their base – given that it pretty much stocks anything they might need. But Evan isn’t going down without a fight, especially after his new night watchman (Joseph A. Nunez) ends up brutally murdered. And so Evan heads up a neighbourhood watch, joined by would-be cop Franklin (Hill), philandering party animal Bob (Vaughn) and freshly divorced Brit Jamarcus (Ayoade).
THE VERDICT: What the hell has happened to Ben Stiller? The one-time box-office champ who smartly repackaged Woody Allen for the MTV generation, for a long, long time, Ben Stiller could do no wrong. And then the sequels took a hold.
Just about everyone involved in Little Fockers deserves grief, but even when Stiller steps into something half decent these days - such as 2011’s fine ‘80s tribute Tower Heist - cinema-goers stay away in their millions. Not that The Watch deserves any better, being a lame, lazy-ass, by-the-numbers comedy that, despite the genre mashup, gives off the distinct smell of being well past its sell-by date. RATING: 2/5
Review by Paul Byrne