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The Watch (2012)

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Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

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In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images | See all certifications »

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27 July 2012 (USA)  »

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$68,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,750,297 (USA) (29 July 2012)

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$35,353,000 (USA)
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Shortly before the film's release, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a self-appointed Neighborhood Watch member. As a result, the film's marketing changed, focusing on the alien premise at the heart of its story line. The title also changed. See more »

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After finding out about the invasion, Bob loads a pistol and Franklin says "nice 10mm Beretta." There is no such thing as a 10mm Beretta. See more »

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Franklin: Listen to my words, and hear his face!
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Teenager Announcer is played by Dax Flame, but is credited as Flax Dame See more »

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Featured in The Watch: Alien Invasions and You (2012) See more »

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El Ritmo del Silencio (The Sound of Silence)
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Los Mustang (as Los Mustangs)
Courtesy of DIVUCSA MUSIC S.A.
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There are a few undeniably funny moments of vulgarity styled after the laughs often found in the works of Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen.
26 July 2012 | by (www.GoneWithTheTwins.com) – See all my reviews

It's got a great cast, an interesting setup, some hilarious dialogue… and space aliens. The Watch is stocked with immature humor, gross-out gags and crass conversations as one would expect, but once the otherworldly visitors appear, it simply doesn't gel. The concept of defending against an extraterrestrial invasion has been successfully merged with humor before (see Men in Black, Mars Attacks! and Attack the Block), but here it feels like an afterthought, neither authentic nor necessary in conveying a story of misfit buddies attempting to protect their town. There are a few undeniably funny moments of vulgarity styled after the laughs often found in the works of Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, but these segments feel misplaced in a film that can't wrap itself around a sensible plot to showcase the comedy.

Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) loves his town of Glenview, Ohio and is deeply devoted to both the community and his job as the manager of the local Costco. But when the night guard at his store is brutally murdered, Evan determines to get even more involved and creates his own "neighborhood watch" to help the undermanned police department track down the killer. Recruiting Bob (Vince Vaughn), an overprotective father who just wants to hang out with the guys, Franklin (Jonah Hill), a trigger-happy maniac rejected by the police department for mental instability, and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade), a mild-mannered Brit with a fantasy of rescuing lonely housewives, Evan attempts to lead his misfit gang in search of clues. When the group uncovers the unearthly beings behind the crime, they must band together to save not only their beloved town, but also the whole world.

The Watch is a confusing mess of genres, delving into comedy, horror (with bloody violence and slimy monstrosities), drama, romance (of the light-hearted kind), and action/adventure (bizarrely fixating on slow-motion shootouts). At times, even when it's just comedic, it switches between slapstick, situational, dialogue-driven, teen-oriented, and raunchy. It never knows what it wants to be, partly thanks to the shifting styles and perhaps mostly due to the current events surrounding the real life Neighborhood Watch shooting in Florida; a tragic incident and extremely unfortunate coincidence for the marketing of this movie – forcing plenty of edits and the changing of the title. Regardless of the controversial subject matter, the unearthly direction The Watch chooses to go spells certain doom for the effectiveness of the humor. Like a spoof of Invasion of the Body Snatchers coupled with a cross between Men in Black and Old School, there's simply no home for the vast range of unrelated settings, characters, actions, and conversations (largely involving bodily fluids as if preoccupied with duplicating the verbiage of Superbad – which is not surprising considering scripting by Seth Rogen).

Tackling the classic scenario of a common, quiet little suburb becoming immersed in extraordinary occurrences (with a few central roles being the only ones aware of the situation), The Watch borrows too heavily from previously established filmic premises. What's worse is the promising ensemble cast, which looks good on paper but results in disinterest. Stiller is once again the straight man, insistent on doing his job; Vaughn is the loud-mouthed instigator; and Hill is the kooky oddball, spouting most of the off-the-wall comments and revealing his life to be the least matured. Will Forte rounds out the group with an amusing appearance as the stereotypical, incompetent, overconfident cop. While themes of isolation, suspicion, control, reclaiming family values, and expending limitless ammo in an environment free from sincere physical consequences seep into the mundane plot, the disorganized and extraneous feel of many of the scenes causes The Watch to be a consistently threadbare bore.

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