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  • 15
  • Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • 2012
  • 102 mins

The Watch

Film4 The Watch

Synopsis

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade set up a neighbourhood watch group to tackle an alien invasion in their suburban American community

About

Ghostbusters meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers in this bromantic sci-fi comedy from Hot Rod and Saturday Night Live director Akiva Schaffer. Ben Stiller plays an uptight Costco manager who founds a neighbourhood watch group to help track down a skin-stealing serial killer. But his motley recruits, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, are more adept at beer-swigging than crime-fighting - until they discover that aliens are living in their midst.

Co-written by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the script has a tendency to fall back on lazy cock jokes, with some uneasy xenophobic and homophobic undertones. But the four charismatic leads do what they do best and deliver their one-liners with enough panache to (just about) keep the laughs going.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Richard Ayoade, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill
  • Director: Akiva Schaffer

In a Nutshell

Stiller, Vaughn, Hill and Ayoade muster their comedic powers in a bid to save the script. They almost pull it off - but they've all been in better.

by Rebecca Davies

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