The Watch FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Twentieth Century Fox, Dune Entertainment and Twenty-one Laps Entertainment present an R rated, 98 minute, comedy, sci-fi, directed by Akiva Schaffer, written by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg with a theatre release date of July 27, 2012.
Evan (Ben Stiller) and his wife Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt) live in a small suburban Ohio town called Glenview, a quiet neighborhood where Evan is well known in as the Manager at the local Costco. He is part of the city council and has formed a local running club which helps to keep him fit and in shape. He prides himself in the diversity of his friends and acquaintances, the only person missing from his fulfillment list is a local black person, but he’s working on it.
One night on his way out of work he greets his local security guard, Antonio Guzman, (Joe Nunez) who happens to be celebrating his official citizenship as a proud American. A few hours later, Antonio is skinned alive and Sgt. Bressman (Will Forte) and his trusty side kick Chucho (Mel Rodriguez) is on the case and Evan may just be a suspect. A promise made to the Guzman family, Evan is out to find the murderer and has decided to form a neighborhood watch. Well at the first meeting at least three people show up, Bob (Vince Vaughn) the ultimate he man and protector of his lair and daughter Chelsea (Erin Moriarty) who at the ripe young high school age is the apple of the bad boy Jason’s (Nicholas Braun) eye and rather large private piece, so we hear, also on the watch is Franklin (Jonah Hill) a mama’s boy, who wants to be a cop but also has a bit of a homoerotic side to him and last but certainly not least the token black man Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) that has a fantasy to fulfill and it involves an Asian woman. I’ll leave it at that!
The set up so far is quite well written, full of one liners that will have you laughing aloud and intrigued with what’s around the corner. Later on when the guys find a metal ball with holes they soon discover that they’re looking for more than your typical killer especially now that more than one person has been murdered. As for the ball, its first victim was a dairy cow which was blown to pieces. Knock knock, who’s there? PETA and they’re not happy! More destruction and a trip down E.T. lane Evan stumbles upon the killer, offers the cute looking thing in a bush a piece of gum whereas this not so cute after all alien offers them a bit more than gum. Now the guys know what they’re after and are told they are already among the earthlings and their intent is to invade and conquer Glenview and the rest of Earth.
Four guys are on a mission by themselves to save the planet and head to the place on earth where everything you need is under one roof. A place for members only and bunch of dick for brains creatures are not welcomed. After several internal disagreements the brother’s band together to try and save the world before it’s too late. The story is very well written filled with dramatics, hysterical one liners and the perfect pairing of comedians to make the mix of comedy and sci-fi come together as the perfect mix of characters under some brilliant direction and special effects.
Stiller is as always his typical front man self who does a nice job of course but it surely doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by three other funny men. Hill was perfect adding the ideal lines mixed with facial expressions and bodily movement that only he can do. Vaughn was quick with his every delivery not giving anyone else the chance to breath, his every line delivered in a phenomenal adult humor way of course. As for Ayoade, I’m not as familiar with him as an actor but he truly made this cube of squares complete making this movie well worth a trip to the theatre. I left a lot out since there truly is an orgy of hysterical and suspenseful moments in this alien encounter that is sure to satisfy your fleshly desires to completion. Written and enjoyed with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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