The Watch


The Watch

Critics Consensus

The Watch uneasily mixes sci-fi elements with gross-out gags and strands its talented cast with a script that favors vulgarity over wit at nearly every turn.



Total Count: 162


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User Ratings: 80,690
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Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood -- and the world -- from total extermination. -- (C) 20th Century Fox


Jonah Hill
as Franklin
Will Forte
as Sgt. Bressman
Doug Jones
as Hero Alien
R. Lee Ermey
as Manfred
Joseph A. Nuñez
as Antonio Guzman
Johnny Pemberton
as Skater Kid
Billy Crudup
as Neighbor
Sharon Gee
as Mrs. Kim
Eric Lee Goins
as Random Jogger - Jared
Robert C. Sibley
as Retiree #1
Bonnie Silver
as Retiree #3
Jill Jane Clements
as City Council Woman
Paul Barlow, Jr.
as City Council Member
Thomas Elliott
as Male Hooters Volunteer
Sean Robert Goulding
as Costco Employee - TV
Dax Flame
as Teenager Announcer
Ryan Girard
as Paul's Guest #1
Katie Kneeland
as Paul's Guest #2
Ted Huckabee
as Orgy Man #1
Ethan Shapanka
as Orgy Man #3
Marla Malcom
as Orgy Woman #1
Marla Malcolm
as Orgy Woman #1
Lindsey Coley
as Orgy Woman #2
LaDonna Allison
as Orgy Woman #3
Andy Samberg
as Casual Wanker #1
Jorma Taccone
as Casual Wanker #2
Akiva Schaffer
as Casual Wanker #3
Cathy Shim
as Asian Housewife
Patricia French
as Franklin's Mother
Erinn Hayes
as Bob's Wife
Zack Mines
as Prom Date
Emily Yuye Sikes
as Evan's Daughter
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Audience Reviews for The Watch

  • Nov 19, 2016
    The neighborhood guys usually thought of as "trying too hard to fit in" band together to party and bond only to find unexpected redemption when aliens from space threaten the hood. You'll leave this wishing that they hadn't gone for the easy humor most times but, eh, whaddaya expect?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2015
    Eh. Ben Stiller and a gang of adult ragamuffins form a neighborhood watch only to be thwarted by divergent purposes and loyalties. The big alien twist is quite deus ex machina - oops spoilers - but Billy Crudup is slickly creepy as an Eyes Wide Shut sex emperor.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2014
    It had its moments... but they were too few!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2014
    In "The Watch," Evan(Ben Stiller) is the manager of a box store. In his spare time, he founds various clubs around his hometown of Glenview, Ohio; that is when he is not trying to get his wife Abby(Rosemarie DeWitt) pregnant. But when Antonio(Joe Nunez), an employee, is brutally killed while celebrating getting his American citizenship, Evan takes action by starting a neighborhood watch. And then only gets Bob(Vince Vaughn), Franklin(Jonah Hill) and Jamarcus(Richard Ayoade) to show up for an orientation meeting. That does not stop any of them from going out on patrol, though. It is not that "The Watch" is not particularly funny and nowhere near as good as "The Cornetto Trilogy" in comically exploring male camaraderie under extreme circumstances. It is that it cannot decide whether it wants to be a comedy in the first place. To start, its comic lead actors seem to be strangely enough playing it straight. But at least, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt and an uncredited Billy Crudup seem to get it. More of that would have gone a long way towards fully exploiting the satirical potential of the story, especially considering the choice mixture of the suburbs and alien invasion presented here, instead of this informercial for a big box store which apparently does sell condoms.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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