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The Watch

When I saw that Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller were teaming up again I immediately rolled my eyes and thought, “Great. Here we go again.”  That gave me about less than zero expectations for The Watch, and actually made me hate it a little bit before even setting foot in the theater.

Ben Stiller, and especially Vince Vaughn, haven’t made a good film in years in my opinion.  Maybe Tropic Thunder for Ben Stiller and Wedding Crashers for Vince Vaughn.  So I was actually surprised when I started chuckling 20 to 30 minutes in to The Watch.

Ben Stiller stars as Evan.  The kind of person I can’t stand in real life.  He lives his life by all the rules, and is the biggest do-gooder you can possibly imagine.  Vaughn plays Bob.  A construction laborer who is overly protective of his daughter.  Vaughn plays Bob like every single other character he has ever played, in any film that you have ever seen him in.   Evan decides to start a neighborhood watch program after a security guard is killed during the evening shift, at the Costco he works at.  Bob joins up, as does Franklin (Jonah Hill) and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade).

The gang of four decide to seek out the murderer and keep the streets safe!  It starts to get interesting when they realize that the murderer they are after may not be from this world.

The key to The Watch actually being “watchable”  is partially because of the appearance of Jonah Hill as an unstable wannabe cop, but is more so because of Richard Ayoade’s performance as Flight of the Conchords-esque Jamaracus.  Those two characters are able to take just enough attention off of how annoying Vaughn and Stiller are.

We learn more and more about all four of them as the story progresses, and they run around the city like a bunch of out of control drunken frat brothers.  Kind of like Old School but with aliens…and not as much humor.  They do find a way to keep everything just entertaining enough along the way though.  Of course it takes a lot of vulgar humor and a lot beer.  You can see the jokes coming from a mile away, but for some reason it didn’t bother me as much this time around.

Now I’m not saying this is the movie of the year or anything, but it does have a few chuckles, and actually some fun little action near the end.  I could see how a lot of critics will hate this movie, but sometimes you just want to not think and watch a movie with stupid humor.  I’d say skip this in the theater, but it is definitely worth picking up from Netflix or Redbox.

Grade: B-