Movie Review: The Watch

20th Century Fox’s latest comedy, The Watch, hits theatres today. Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill, The Watch is movie about 4 men who come together and form a neighbourhood watch that ends up defending their town from an alien invasion. Admittedly, I expected another film filled with the same stuff these guys have been giving us for years, and while I was right about that, something about this film hit the mark for me and I actually found it extremely funny.

Stiller plays Evan, an overly enthusiastic Senior Manager at Costco who forms the watch group after his security guard is mysteriously murdered. Bob, an overly protective father who uses the watch to spy on his teenage daughter, is played by Vince Vaughn, who I had been getting a little sick of recently until I saw this film. He did a fantastic job and certainly got the most laughs out of me. Jonah Hill (before his weight re-gain) plays Franklin, who joins the watch after being rejected by the local police force.

Like I said earlier, I was getting a little sick of these guys playing the same characters they always play but maybe practice makes perfect. All of them were so on point with these characters that I was actually laughing out loud at some of the ridiculous humour. Like I said, Vince Vaughn steals the show for sure.

The storyline itself, while obviously far fetched, wasn’t overly interesting and felt a little tired. There were points in the film that seemed distracted from the main storyline and a lot of scenes appeared to serve no other purpose other than to set up the next punchline. rinse and repeat for an hour and a half. Without the hilarious cast this movie would have definitely fizzled.

Having said that, I’m sure this ridiculous comedy will be a success at the box office this weekend. If you’re looking for a ton of dirty jokes, too much use of the word ‘cum‘, and an alien hand job, go see this movie. It’s pretty funny.

Movie Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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