The Watch

Saturday, December 03 rd, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Watch

JOY REVIEW

The Watch is one of those sort of new genres of comedies that is so crude and so rude, that even though it’s kind of silly, and kids would probably enjoy it, it’s rated R because of the language. You sort of know, if you’re paying any attention, what the movie is going to be about from, literally, the opening voiceover by Ben Stiller, who is an appealing presence. Although I think he wrote the script, because they keep talking about what great shape he’s in, and how good he looks, and the fact that he’s got great skin… did you write this, Benny? At any rate, Ben Stiller plays a guy at Costco — and Costco looms large in this movie — who has a perfectly good life with an adorable wife, and it turns out that his night watchman is killed in a gruesome fashion with green goo, and so he goes to a football game and says let’s set up a neighborhood watch. The only three recruits he gets are Jonah Hill, as a kid who wanted to be a cop and was turned down, Vince Vaughn, who is kind of a horndog in terms of vocabulary, but he has a teenage daughter that he is the primary parent for. And Jamarcus, who is a sort of strange creature with lots of hair, who is played by Richard Ayoade. Rosemary DeWitt plays Ben Stiller’s wife. There’s also a cameo — I think it’s an uncredited cameo actually — by Billy Crudup, who plays kind of a weird next-door neighbor. And R. Lee Ermey plays Manfred, which is the role he always plays, kind of an over-the-top redneck NRA guy. Alright, so the story is that they become a neighborhood watch, and we have to figure out what jackets they’re going to wear, and who is really threatening the town, and again, this sort of turns into a combination of bromedy, and sort of a vigilante film. And it’s kind of — I don’t want to give away the ending to the plot, but how do we deal with a threat? And also, we have sub-plots of a teenaged daughter who seems to be a little promiscuous, and a wife who wants to get pregnant, and Ben is avoiding her.  It’s a stupid, silly movie, but you’ll really get some laughs out of it, believe it or not. And the person I took, who is a conservative Republican, thought it was really funny. So for that, I guess it will have a widespread appeal because I think it’s really made for teenage boys. She is neither teenaged nor a boy, and certainly fairly conservative, and she enjoyed it. So I give it two and a half stars.

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