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The Watch (2012)

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Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

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Akiva Schaffer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Evan
Vince Vaughn ... Bob
Jonah Hill ... Franklin
Richard Ayoade ... Jamarcus
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Abby
Will Forte ... Sgt. Bressman
Mel Rodriguez ... Chucho
Doug Jones ... Hero Alien
Erin Moriarty ... Chelsea
Nicholas Braun ... Jason
R. Lee Ermey ... Manfred
Joe Nunez ... Antonio Guzman
Liz Cackowski ... Carla
Johnny Pemberton ... Skater Kid
Sharon Gee Sharon Gee ... Mrs. Kim
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Storyline

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neighborhood Watch See more »

Filming Locations:

Marietta, Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,750,297, 29 July 2012

Gross USA:

$35,353,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,267,862
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jared Stern wrote the screen story in 2008 with a teen audience in mind. The writing duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were later brought in to convert the story to an R-rated script. See more »

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When Mrs.Kim sprays Evan in the opening scene, her car is halfway soapy in the wide shot. However, when the camera shows her face, her car is covered in soap. See more »

Quotes

Jamarcus: I have this one scenario in my mind. I kinda hope it plays out like this: young, sexy, Asian housewife, alone at night, frightened. A noise out by the trash cans. Best call the neighbourhood watch. I show up, look heroic, and then... get this - she sucks my balls.
Franklin: I'm also interested in that happening to me.
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Teenager Announcer is played by Dax Flame, but is credited as Flax Dame See more »

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References Men in Black (1997) See more »

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Straight Outta Compton
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Well, I had a good time with it!
17 August 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

For me, this movie is a clear sign that some film-makers still care about making a good comedy. The movie is not just simple, cheap, predictable laughs, it actually is being one that relies on its story development and character buildup.

No, I'm not saying that this is a very clever or brilliantly written and made movie but I definitely prefer the approach of this movie above that of the average and more standard modern comedy. This is being a somewhat more subtle movie with all of its comedy and how it got incorporated into the movie.

Thing that made this movie especially great and fun to watch for me were its characters. The movie truly is mostly about its characters and their interactions with each other. All of the actors play quite well off each other and manage to give their characters some distinctive and enjoyable personalities. Really, without the movie its characters and actors portraying them, this would had most likely been a terribly weak movie.

It's true that most of the actors are playing the same type of characters they often play. Ben Stiller again plays a normal guy, who gets caught up in a crazy situation and Vince Vaughn basically is being a big man-child again. But somehow it all works out quite well and entertaining for the movie and I even dare to say that some of the biggest Stiller and/or Vaughn haters still could get some enjoyment out of this movie and not feel annoyed by their performances and characters.

It's hard not to really spoil this movie but it's about something way more than just about a neighborhood watch, with a bunch of misfits in it. There are some interesting and unexpected developments in this movie, at least when you haven't heard about them already. I won't say anything about it, since I feel that it's more fun to just go into this movie, without knowing what is going to happen in it. So I advice you to also stay away from any trailers and just let this movie surprise you.

I simply had a good time watching this movie!

7/10

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