Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn short on laughs in 'The Watch'
'The Watch' has lots of gross-out CGI monster splatter, but falls short on comedy.
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In the new Ben Stiller comedy â€śThe Watch,â€ť four guys come together in suburban Glenview, Ohio, to form a neighborhood-watch group after a series of gruesome and inexplicable murders. They should have been on the look-out for theaters playing â€śThe Watchâ€ť instead.
You may remember that this film was originally supposed to open under the title â€śThe Neighborhood Watchâ€ť around the time of the Trayvon Martin incident. But thereâ€™s nothing real-world about â€śThe Watch,â€ť which is about how a gaggle of doofuses â€“ played by Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade â€“ take down an alien invasion. Itâ€™s a mash-up of blah buddy comedy and gross-out CGI monster splatter, with nary a laugh to be had. Grade: D (Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images.)