Forget the plot and the messiness of the storyline and enjoy The Watch! This is one hilariously entertaining movie. This film has an original story with an extremely amusing ensemble cast. The Watch features actors Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and newcomer, Richard Ayoade, in a film that was renamed in light of the tragic shooting in February this year involving a neighborhood security guard. The Watch is a true comedy/sci-fi hybrid film.
The Watch takes place in Glenview, Ohio and revolves around the formation of a neighborhood watch group to keep an eye on the town after a local Cosco security guard is murdered. Evan Trautwig (Stiller), the manager of Cosco, makes an announcement at a high school football game, offering anyone a chance to join his watch. Much of the town considers this a joke, but two middle-aged men (Vaughn and Ayoade), and a high school dropout (Hill), join up with Trautwig in the hopes of keeping the town safe and having a good time. As further mysteries plague this Ohio town, the neighborhood watch gets closer to catching their murderer and believes they have found traces of alien life. The Watch is filled with vulgar but entertaining humor, which keeps you laughing the entire time.
The Watch is a feel-good refreshing film from Ben Stiller and this cast. There are several slow paced and ridiculous scenes, but the story is one of a kind and is highly amusing. The wit and uniqueness of each of the four main characters interconnects as they feed off of each other’s humor. The characters’ chemistry gives off a feeling of familiarity and comfort. The charisma of these characters makes you overlook the plot holes, lack of logic, and odd decisions made throughout the film. I truly enjoyed this movie because it kept me smiling and laughing throughout. This is not a must see movie, but it is a very entertaining summer comedy. The Watch embodies the absurd actions and experiences we all dream about.
I would give The Watch a 2.7 out of 5 stars and recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys comedies or is looking for an exciting summertime flick. The movie is 94 minutes long and was given an R rating for strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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