Right off the bat, it must be said that if you are expecting “Ghostbusters: 2012”, you are going to be heavily disappointed. But, if you are expecting a silly, lackadaisical slapstick comedy featuring four likeable actors with great chemistry, look no further than “The Watch,” starring Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Vince Vaughan (Dodgeball), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street), & British comedian Richard Ayodade.
“The Watch,” directed by “Saturday Night Live” writer Akiva Schaffer, makes up for its lack of character development with its steady stream of one-liners and quirky jokes to keep the audience thoroughly entertained for the whole movie.
Set in the quiet town of Glenview, Ohio, the plot revolves around Costco manager Evan Troutwig, (Stiller) and his four-man neighborhood watch group, formed after one of his employees was murdered. The comedic quartet works perfectly, with the overly cautious Evan Troutwig, the utterly careless neighbor, Bob (Vaughan), the completely unpredictable police academy reject, Franklin (Hill), and the mysterious quirky new guy, Jamarcus (Ayodade).
It is evident that the casting process was thought-through, as the chosen actors fill out their character’s role perfectly. At one point, Jonah Hill’s character pulls a knife on a house party full of high school kids after one of them punches Bob in the face, proclaiming, “If any of you touch Bob again, I will come back and kill all of you. Except for those two hot twins I was talking to earlier. You two have my contact information. Call me.”
But, for all the quirkiness and the one-liners, this movie excels at one thing more than anything else: it makes you laugh.
The Watch doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s why it is so funny. The movie, rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent image, receives an eight out of 10. “The Watch” has a running time of 102 minutes and opens in theaters nationwide on July 27.