DVD Review: The Watch – it's funny, but not stupid funny

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The Watch Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment sent me a DVD screener to review The Watch on my dad blog. The movie is about a neighborhood watch group that uncovers an alien behind a murder. The film is entertaining even though it’s a bit predictable. The Watch will be available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow (November 13th).

The 411 for The Watch

The story A group of men form a neighborhood watch and then they uncover an alien
Appropriateness for children Not a good idea. There is an orgy scene and lots of profanity.
Positives
  • It’s a sci-fi comedy
  • Entertaining
Negative
  • Kinda of predictable
Release date Available on November 13, 2012 on Blu-ray and DVD
Rating Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images
Runtime 102 minutes
Genre Sci-fi, comedy

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The main character, Evan, is a manager at Costco. After the night security guard is murdered, Evan forms a neighborhood watch group. While they are on patrol, the group discovers an alien. They think the alien is behind the murder, but they can’t exactly tell the police without proof. To make matter worse, the neighborhood watch group finds out aliens have been hiding among humans and they plan to invade Earth. The rest of the story is about the group trying to stop the aliens. It’s not an original storyline, but I found the DVD entertaining.

Better than expected
Originally, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch and review this movie. I was afraid it might be one of those movies that showed guys doing stupid things to get a laugh. Fortunately, The Watch is not that type of movie. It’s not hilariously funny, but it is funny at times. And I only remember one scene that was stupid (the guys blowing things up with an alien laser).

The Watch Features Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill
The members of the watch group consist of Ben Stiller (Evan), Vince Vaughn (Bob), Jonah Hill (Franklin), and Richard Ayoade (Jamarcus). Stiller, Vaughn, and Hill are OK in the movie. Ayoade, on the other hand, was different. I’m not saying his performance was bad, but his character was a bit odd and he talked a little weird. I have not seen Ayoade before, so I don’t know if that’s how he is normally, or if that’s how the character is written. The film also featured 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), and Sharon Gee (Mrs. Kim). The Watch was directed by Akiva Schaffer.

The Watch Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Alien Invasions & You
  • Casting the Alien
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peek
  • Jonah Alternate Takes (Blu-ray only)
  • Watchmakers (Blu-ray only)
  • Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)

More info: The Watch

3 thoughts on “DVD Review: The Watch – it's funny, but not stupid funny

  1. I thought this movie was really funny and that they should make more Sci-Fi comedies because I love that mix. I liked Ayoade’s performance and I even thought that he was one of the funniest characters because his deadpan delivery had me busting up the whole time. I skipped the movie in theaters because it got awful reviews, but a coworker at DISH recommended it to me as being really funny. We usually have similar tastes and because I can get as many movies as I want at a flat rate with my Blockbuster @Home account from DISH I figured, why not rent it. I am really glad that I did because it turned out to be one of those cheap-laugh guy comedies that I watch for years, like Anchorman.

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