The Watch (2012)

“Listen to my words, and hear his face”. Evan (Ben Stiller) and Franklin (Jonah Hill) get tough with a perp.

Ouch! No one likes the Neighbourhood watch, nosey busybodies who don’t actually do anything to deter real crime. However in the town of Glenview, Ohio – this is about to change. When faced with the lack of a proper police investigation after a colleague’s bizarre death, dedicated and upright citizen Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) forms ‘The Neighborhood Watch’ to do it properly. He recruits Bob (Vince Vaughn), Franklin (Jonah Hill), and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). However life is not easy for the newly formed group. They are egged, ridculed and ultimately left to deal with an alien invasion all by themselves.

For once a comedy that actually made me laugh. The outlandish story line is part of the fun, and it makes for even more outlandish jokes. One of my favourite parts of the movie is when Evan manages to kill an alien: “It’s travelled thousands of light years to get here, the first contact the human race has ever had with an alien and you killed it!?’, “Er..yes”. The group then pose for victory photos with the alien which gradually get more disrespectful as more and more alcohol is consumed. Eventually ending up in scenes of simulated sex and buggery (that’s anal sex if you’re not British).

The jokes can be a little hit and miss at times, and it will probably depend on your sense of humour as to whether you will enjoy them at all, but I enjoyed it – which is the important thing. Good performances from all the cast, and a special mention must go to Jonah Hill, who seems remarkably un-Jonah-Hill-like in this film, which is a credit to both his acting and dieting skills. Good fun and funny 7/10


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