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Posted January 3, 2013
Relies on the comedic talent more than the actual comedy
With regard to The Watch, you're far better off viewing the trailer than actually watching it? Okay, perhaps I'm embellishing the terriblness of the flick just a little, but it really is bad. Lucky for me, my expectations radar was set to tickle rather than stun, so I didn't have to worry about disappointment or anything. This is yet another one of those not-funny-movies that has marginally funny people in it. You have Vince Vaughn being a total jerk (basically himself), Jonah Hill doing a pitiful portrayal of a bad boy and Ben Stiller doing the"I'm a nice guy who inadvertently gets caught up in crazy hijinks" thing. SNOOZE. The real people to watch are Will Forte and the rest of the supporting cast. And I can't forget Richard Ayoade. He's hilarious. In fact, watch Flight of the Concords, it's so much better. Okay, back to the movie. Unsurprisingly, it's a total raunchfest, and honestly, I've seen one too many of those lately.The utter ridiculousness isn't the only thing that had me smacking my head on the table. They dangle this tantalizing science fictiony "we are already among you, living as you" carrot in front of you and THEY TOOK IT NOWHERE! Basically all of the potentially decent sci-fi stuff was a total red herring. Here's an idea. Let ME remake the movie. I'm being serious! And look movie producer guys, I'll make this easy for you. We don't have to recast any of it. We'll keep all the same actors. Just let me put those super exposive ray gun thingys to better use and bring the tone down to the likes of The Faculty or Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now we've got ourselves a real movie! The Watch, as a sci-fi film, is just what you'd expect: unremarkable. As a comedy it's sparse and spotty, relying more on the street cred of the comedic actors in it than on the actual comedy itself. There are, however far and few between, funny moments thanks mostly in part to Richard Ayoade and Will Forte. I have to say, The Watch is a rental at most and best viewed while otherwise distracted.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.