The Watch

 (5,959)5.71 h 41 min2012X-RayR
HD. Four civic-minded citizens who form a neighborhood watch group uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth.
Directors
Akiva Schaffer
Starring
Ben StillerVince VaughnJonah Hill
Genres
Comedy
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Richard AyoadeRosemary DeWitt
Studio
Fox
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

5959 global ratings

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  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some funny parts but doesn't deliver in the end in this satire about the alien genre
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Several of Ben Stiller’s recent movies have been satires. 2008’s Tropic Thunder for example was about the movie industry. 2011’s Tower Heist was about heist films. The Watch was about the alien genre.

Ben Stiller plays Evan Trautwig a manager at Costco who decides to set up a neighborhood watch group after his friend, a security guard named Antonio (Joseph Nunez) at Costco is mysteriously killed. The group collects together a number of misfits starting with Vince Vaughn as Bob, Jonah Hill as Franklin, and Richard Ayoade as Jamarcus.

The movie hits the right note from the start when Antonio gets his citizenship and parties while doing his night watch at Costco. He listens to NWA, dances, watches big screen TV on a lounge chair before something kills him. When the neighborhood watch is brought together it’s nothing but trouble because of the cast or characters that join. Bob for example, thinks the Watch is a hang out group where he can get away from his family. He gets them to come over to his mancave at his house for drinks and a shouting match with his daughter. He then makes jackets for the group with a tiger’s face, wings and flames. Franklin on the other hand is a bit of a sociopath.

It turns out Antonio was killed by an alien. That’s made fun of as well when they think they’ve killed one they decide to take photos and dance with the body only for it to come alive on them. Evan tries to put a sleeper wrestling hold on it, which of course fails.

Ultimately there are some funny parts to the Watch but it doesn’t pay off in the end. There are some parts that don’t seem like they had any part in the story. Some better editing would have done this movie wonders.
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David T.Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
FILTHY LANGUAGE
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The story line was very good and funny. However, the totally unnecessary filthy language that was pouring out in every scene destroyed the movie for me. Definitely not what I expected from the cast that is in this movie. Extremely disappointing! It gets 2 stars only because the story line was good. Otherwise, I would give it a minus 10!
11 people found this helpful
ZacReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it
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This movie is the best. I mean if you haven't seen it or don't know what you're getting into maybe rent it first because its a Bad movie, but this type of bad is Right up my alley. I watch it all the time. I'm a little confused with all these negative reviews for Buying a movie? Rent it then.. Or the people who knock it for bad language? 1. it's a comedy, what did you expect 2. Did you not watch the trailer?!? Richard Ayoade literally says I want an Asian house wife to suck my ***** in it.. I mean.. if that ain't a red flag than there's no hope for you...
I Gave it 5 stars to offset the bad reviews where people simple didn't use common sense, but I would have given it a lower score just because it doesn't say that the digital copy expired in 2014.... I kind of bought it just for the digital code, oops. I figured it was an older code that could expire (new ones don't), so kind of saw that coming, and probably could have research it and found the answer, but for $10 and 2-day delivery I figured I'd just find out the hard way.
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SamReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sheer Boredom
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The Watch commits the worst crime a comedy can: it is in no way funny. It simply feels phoned in, as though this movie is the first draft of script that desperately needed the attention of a writer with talent. And a director with talent. And some comedians who have talent and are willing to do some work. The plot is generic, characters are uninteresting, I'm not convinced any of the leads were trying to act, and the "jokes" are unimaginative. There is nothing to commend here, and nothing worth watching.
2 people found this helpful
Metal EcologistReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great First Half and a Let Down in the Second.
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Wow never have I seen a movie that had so much potential in the first half, face plant in the second. The actors are great and the set up is fantastic. Special props goes to Jonah Hill for portraying such a demented lunatic of a character (demented in the most hilarious way possible). The other guys do a great job as well. The highlights are definitely seeing this bizarre group of characters interacting and getting into increasingly insane situations. However all of the build up that happens in the first half leads to nothing. The eventual climax to the film just felt rushed, out of place, and most importantly boring. I really wish they would have done more with the great concept they had.
The Rev AriReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not what you'd think!
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I love each of these actors, and thought they'd be an interesting ensemble cast if the writing held up. I also did not expect this movie to be about what it was about (no spoilers).

Really, I am not sure why it didn't do well in theaters except maybe it's a bit formulaic and slightly crude. It was worth a $3.99 date-night rental, though, just to laugh together at all the, um, boy-parts-oriented jokes (and oh my, were there ever so many).

Plus, Richard Ayoade! Why not?

Pros: You'll be surprised at what it's really about, great actors; relatively non-repetitive crude jokes

Cons: A bit formulaic, a bit crude (for those sensitive types), and Ayoade doesn't get the screen time or writing he deserves
10 people found this helpful
SCSReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Crass.
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These guys are usually hilarious! But it was almost all male genitalia jokes. I gave up before finishing. This cast could have been fabulous.
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Trish SwainReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Want more for Stiller and Ayoade
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Another Stiller frat boy comedy leaves me with the same questions that arose for me in Tropic Thunder. When will Stiller get a serious role? I think he's got the acting chops and I'd like to see him without the dirty jokes. I'm a big Ayoade fan and it was more than disappointi
ng to watch one of the smartest actors around stuck with disgusting, stupid lines. Same question: when will he get a role worthy of his talent?
I'll never like this brand of crude humor. The plot did move along quickly enough to keep me engaged, but it was groan after groan.
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