MOVIE REVIEW: Big laughs, dull parts mix in ‘The Watch’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

It must’ve seemed like a good idea to let Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill join forces to battle space aliens in suburban Ohio.
And there are several moments of hilarity spread throughout “The Watch.” Looking back, I’m surprised at how much laughing I did at this movie because I also endured a couple of dull stretches where I just wanted to get up and leave the theater.
Evan (Stiller) manages a Costco, and one of his employees has been murdered. He forms a neighborhood watch group that attracts Bob (Vaughn), Franklin (Hill) and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade).
Bob sees the group as a reason to hang out with the guys, while Franklin’s living out a police fantasy since the real police wouldn’t take him. Jamarcus is along for the ride.
Pretty soon, this goofy foursome discovers that aliens are among them, and that’s something Sgt. Bressman (Will Forte) with the local police finds easy to mock.
With a solid supply of four-letter words and bodily function humor, the watch members stumble onto an alien plot for world domination. Our future, fellow humans, rests on their shoulders.
Some of the comedy bits in “The Watch” work very well, but others come off as half-formed. It was as though someone said, “For this scene, we’ll let Stiller be Stiller, then Vaughn will be Vaughn in the next one.”
The movie finds its footing in the last 30 minutes or so with a nice run of sight gags and action, as the watch members try to save Earth.
But that’s not enough to make me forget the times when I just wanted to get up and go home. The result is a mixed-bag of comedy.
I give “The Watch” a C minus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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She gives “The Watch” an I for incomplete because she walked out during the screening. “Go see ‘Men in Black 3.”