Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Watch

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16% (Critics) / 47% (Audience)
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer
Written By: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg
Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: Suburban dads 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.

The Good:
All of the actors involved in this movie seemed game to have fun with the premise from the four main stars to the supporting players like Will Forte and R. Lee Ermey. Jonah Hill especially embraced the goofiness of the entire project and made his character the stand out of the bunch.

The Bad:
The people behind this movie just seemed to be too apprehensive about embracing either of the disparate parts that made up the hybrid nature of this film. They never pushed the envelope nearly as hard they should in the comedy arena. This movie was ripe to be a full on raunchfest but every time it looked like it might “go there” it instead stopped short and sometimes seemed to retreat away from the more hard R comedy. The same apprehension was on display with the sci-fi/horror elements too. Instead of going balls out like a Return of the Living Dead or The Frighteners the movie never fully committed.

The Ugly:
How in the hell do you have the incomparable R. Lee Ermey in your film and not use him more? That is just asinine.

Final Verdict: A sci-fi/horror/comedy mash-up that never fully embraces any of the genres it tries to cram into its 100 minute run time. There were some funny moments just on the strength of the cast but nothing about The Watch is worthy enough to recommend that anyone bother to watch it unless it is stumbled upon while channel surfing from the comfort of one’s own home. D+

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