Rated R · 101 minutes · 2012

Comedy, Science fiction
A great cast including Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade assembles for a mess of a movie that nonetheless produces a fair amount of laughs. Stiller plays the manager of a Costco where an employee turns up dead under mysterious circumstances. He initiates a neighborhood watch—and they soon find that their town is being invaded by aliens. Much of the blame for this film’s faults fall on director Akiva Schaffer, whose previous effort was the Andy Samberg misfire Hot Rod. Schaffer does a good-enough job of drawing funny moments from his ensemble, but the alien-invasion angle feels like an afterthought more than the driving force of the plot. The script was co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the guys who wrote Pineapple Express, a film near and dear to my heart. I envisioned Ghostbusters with aliens and a lot of curse words. Instead, it’s a mess with just enough laughs to mildly recommend it.

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Director: Akiva Schaffer
Producer: Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Monica Levinson
Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Doug Jones, R. Ermey, Nicholas Braun, Joseph Nuñez, Mel Rodriguez, Erin Moriarty, Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone


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Portland Mercury Alien Armageddon at Costco The Watch offers big-box comedy devoid of personality. by Ned Lannamann 07/26/2012
The Coast Halifax The Watch Disappointing despite the comedy pedigree by Jacob Boon 07/26/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood Product: The Watch Ben Stiller adds an alien tale to the prick flick genre by Edward Adams 07/26/2012
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Arkansas Times Gleefully dumb But 'The Watch' works. by Sam Eifling 08/01/2012

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