Certificate 15, 102 minutes
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill
In The Watch Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) is Evan, a man very involved in his local community of Glenview, the manager of his local Costco (a real company as it turns out, something that may not be known to people not from the US, and the film drew criticism from the sheer amount of mentions and screen space taken up by the company) and the sort of uptight person who could easily become very annoying. After a murder and some televised comments from Sergeant Bressman (Will Forte) of the local police regarding the murder, he decides to form a Neighbourhood Watch in order to catch the killer.
The watch starts patrolling the neighbourhood although they don't do that well at it, getting little respect from the community. It turns out that the small town of Glenview is actually ground zero for an alien invasion, and the only line of defence against it are the four members of the new and less than totally professional Neighbourhood Watch. Although the group initially deals with this as unprofessionally as they have handled everything else so far, the members of the watch finally arm up, courtesy of Franklin's gun collection, and take on the aliens in order to stop the invasion. Much destruction ensues.
The Watch possibly received a higher certification than the makers desired. A 15 certificate is pretty high for this type of film and could be why it was not very successful commercially - the crudeness and foul language may have caused problems here and resulted in less people being able to actually go and see it. Although the cast members perform their roles well, the script suffers from a meaningless excess of crudity and foul language - it simply doesn't add anything to the film and isn't presented in such a way as to make it really funny. Overall, The Watch is a bit of a disappointment as it could have been - and certainly had the talent in both actors and writers to be - better. 2.5/5.