This so called comedy, is about four guys who have come together to watch over their suburban neighborhood of Glenview Ohio.
In this serene safe haven lives Evan Troutwig (Ben Stiller), a dull civic minded man, who loves his wife Abby (Rosemarie Dewitt); his neighborhood and his managerial job at Cosco.
Shortly after the film begins, the Cosco night watchmen is murdered. Evan decides to form a 'neighborhood watch' to find the culprit and make sure nothing like this ever happens again.
The only problem is, only three guys show up at Evan's house for the first meeting.
There's...Franklin (Jonah Hill) who still lives with his mom and has a large collection of guns hidden under his bed.
Bob (Vince Vaughn), a tough talking dad with an uncontrollable teenage daughter, and the recently divorced and extremely horny, Jamarcus (the funny but underused, Richard Ayoade).
To Evan's dismay, these dudes are more interested in drinking beer and shooting the breeze than doing any serious watching.
But that all changes when...
One evening, while out on patrol, the boys' vehicle hits something that leaves behind a trail of green goo and they wind up finding a strange bowling ball like device that emits a beam of energy capable of destroying...well...practically anything and everything in its path.
What does all this mean? Our fearsome foursome ponders.
Well, it takes them finding a large creepy tentacle for our manly men to realize...THERE ARE ALIENS IN THEIR MIDST.
Funny right? Hmm...not SO much.
The film is filled with STUPID sexist bits that we've all seen before, unfunny jokes and tired performances from Stiller and Vaughn.
Only Ayoade brings to his part a few moments of humor, but definitely not enough to make this movie, written by Seth Rogan (along with Jason Stern and Evan Goldberg) worth seeing.
'The Watch' directed by Akiva Schaffer opens in theatres, Friday July 27, 2012 and received a very low bagel score from both John and myself. Check out our video for more of our thoughts.
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