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The Watch (2012)

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Four men 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.

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Akiva Schaffer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Evan
Vince Vaughn ... Bob
Jonah Hill ... Franklin
Richard Ayoade ... Jamarcus
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Abby
Will Forte ... Sgt. Bressman
Mel Rodriguez ... Chucho
Doug Jones ... Hero Alien
Erin Moriarty ... Chelsea
Nicholas Braun ... Jason
R. Lee Ermey ... Manfred
Joe Nunez ... Antonio Guzman
Liz Cackowski ... Carla
Johnny Pemberton ... Skater Kid
Sharon Gee Sharon Gee ... Mrs. Kim
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Storyline

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neighborhood Watch See more »

Filming Locations:

Marietta, Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,750,297, 29 July 2012

Gross USA:

$35,353,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,267,862
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Tucker was considered for the role of Jamarcus. See more »

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Though there are scenes set at a Costco Wholesale, the lines in the parking lot are incorrect. All Costco locations use double parking lines connected by an end cap loop for each stall, whereas this shows only normal, single stripes. See more »

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Jamarcus: Can I just say, Bob, that these are the shits?
Franklin: Just "the shit."
Jamarcus: These are just shit.
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Teenager Announcer is played by Dax Flame, but is credited as Flax Dame See more »

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Featured in Watchmakers: The Making of 'The Watch' (2012) See more »

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I wouldn't "watch" it again.
30 July 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Although it has the flavor and script pattern of Ghostbusters, The Watch is so far from a classic that it might serve as the definitive model for boy-men comedies that don't get comedy. Four suburban, beer-swilling stiffs discover an alien invasion and attempt to thwart it.

Led by Costco manager Evan (Ben Stiller), the Neighborhood Watch team looks more like low-rent Keystone Cops than a parody of contemporary masculinity: Evan is a tightly-wound, blank shooting (as in sperm) husband of a sexually-frustrated, but loving wife (Rosemary DeWitt): Franklin (Jonah Hill) is a wired cop wannabe, Bob (Vince Vaughan) is an overly-protective dad, who, like most Vaughan characters, just wants to have fun; and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) is a likable Brit with a big secret, who doesn't always make sense.

Most of the setups, such as a foul-mouthed curmudgeon neighbor with a shotgun and the teen-age orgy, are by now cliché's of slasher films and derivative teen comedies, and in this film fall flat. Although Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg of Superbad and Pineapple Express should have made a difference in helping head writer Jared Stern, very little worked, a wasteland of male bonding with no wit. Give the writers credit, though, for weaving a male potency motif that extends from Evan's inadequacy through the green alien slime that tastes and smells like sperm to where most effectively to dispatch the aliens. In fact, the phallus is the defining object determining success or failure in this surface world of male fantasy.

Having just watched the exceptionally funny Intouchables from France, I can say I do laugh at films, but only ones with witty dialogue and premises with some heft.

The Watch was originally going to be called "Neighborhood Watch" until the vigilante in Florida killed a teenager caused a national stir, so the film seems emasculated by contrast with reality and so hyper-sexualized as to be not even sexy. I wouldn't "watch" it if I were you.


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