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The Watch [DVD]

Ben Stiller , Vince Vaughn , Akiva Schaffer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Directors: Akiva Schaffer
  • Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As the advances in CGI special effects have continued to keep action-movie audiences roaring for bigger and better displays of digital bombast, a trend in Hollywood comedies has upped the ante in a parallel way. Raunchy, risqué, and just plain filthy humour is standard fare for audiences who like their vulgar laughs as much as their superheroic explosions. The two worlds collide in The Watch, a dirty shoot-'em-up whose comic core counters the extreme sci-fi story of an alien race that can't take a joke. Fortunately, the decidedly non-superhuman heroes battle it out with equal parts punches and punch lines. The first-rate cast is headed by Ben Stiller, who has plenty of experience with filthy humour and big-budget action. He also has the movie-star charisma to bring high concept down to the toilet or the gutter, whichever happens to be funnier. Stiller plays Evan, the upstanding, uptight manager of an Ohio Costco who starts to really care about crime after one of his security guards is brutally murdered. The police can't really be bothered (Will Forte is excellent as a pompous local lawman), so Evan starts a neighbourhood watch as a way to take back the night. Unfortunately his recruits turn out to be a less than vigilant vigilante group, with Vince Vaughn as a brawny motor mouth obsessed with protecting his teen daughter, Jonah Hill as an off-kilter arms expert who was rejected by the police academy (for good reason), and the indeterminately ethnic Richard Ayoade (excellent, as he was in The IT Crowd), who's focused only on the kind of action that involves sex and females. The quartet's individual issues are played at maximum laugh-per-minute volume and remain part of the story even after the team realises their crime problem isn't from the inner city, it's from outer space. Turns out a hive of aliens have commandeered Evan's Costco as a base of operations to dominate humanity. After all, what better place to stage an Earth takeover than a place that has everything? (Costco should get a big-box good sport award for signing off on such wall-to-wall product placement.) The script by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg (the latter two's brilliant writing career also includes Superbad and Pineapple Express) is chock-a-block with jokes. The Watch tries so hard for nonstop laughs that it can't help but yield a high rate of success, especially when the material is worked by such an estimable ensemble of comedy pros. It's clear that director Akiva Schaffer fostered a strong improv vibe on the set (his background is directing shorts on Saturday Night Live). He's best at capturing a spontaneous sketch-comedy tone that drives the constant one-upsmanship between the filthy, shocking shenanigans of the four leads. They get ample help from the supporting cast. In addition to Will Forte as the disinterested cop, Rosemary DeWitt is terrific as Evan's demanding wife. And in an extended, uncredited cameo Billy Crudup plays the weirdest, most enigmatic creepy-insinuation-guy ever. Talk about hiding a dirty secret! There's an overall hit-or-miss quality of comedy and action in The Watch, though there are plenty more tick marks in the hit column. It's all bad-mannered good fun with the badge of a hard-15 rating worn as proudly as a giant splooge of green alien slime. --Ted Fry

Product Description

The kings of comedy unite in this hilarious tale of middle suburban America where all is not as it seems. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade are the unlikely leaders of the “The Watch” in this hilarious and outrageous comedy about a group of guys who must finally take control and find their inner heroes when their quiet suburban lives are threatened.

Special Features:
  • Deleted scenes x 12
  • Gag reel
  • Alien Invasions and You
  • Casting the Alien
  • Theatrical trailer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the candy store..... 29 Jan 2014
Evan is the manager of the department store Costco and married to Abby. When night watchman Antonio is mysteriously murdered, Evan organise The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbours Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighbourhood 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.......

This is one of those movies that I had no interest in thanks to the bad press the media and critics gave it, and while it's certainly no masterpiece, its worth watching if you are a fan of Vaughn.

He's easily the best thing about this, and over acts for the sake of it, making him a force to be reckoned with. He knows the film isn't brilliant, but what the hell, let's see if we can save it.

Stiller looks really dis-interested, and once again proves he's way over rated. The guy hasn't made a good film since Zoolander, I would say Dodgeball is better, but again Vaughn kicks his White Goodman all over the screen.

Hill and Ayoade are okay, the latter looking very embarrassed to be in this, let's hope the money he got from this will give him the ability to make another 'submarine'.

There are a few funny parts, but mixing sci-fi with comedy is sometimes hard, and going for the R-rated comedy can be risky, and here it's not paid off.

The final third does seem out of place, and it feels like it should be another movie.

If they had made this a family friendly version, getting rid of the foul language and needless innuendo, it could have been something.

Instead, it's mildly diverting, like Stillers make up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars See the trailer, but not the film 22 Aug 2013
OK, some people clearly love this one, but will you? Here's a quick test: do you find the idea that alien blood might taste like cum inherently hilarious? Yes? Then this is the film for you! If not, then it isn't.

I saw the trailer at the cinema a while back and thought 'Gosh, this looks good, I must see it'. It looks like the trailer won an award, but the film won't (not any it wants to win, anyway!) Fortunately, I missed seeing it at the cinema, because I can get my money back by selling the disc.

When there's more product placement in a comedy film than jokes, you have a problem. This film has lots of product placement - how much did Costco pay? - and not enough actually funny jokes. It started life as a PG-13 Ghostbusters clone, but at some point someone said 'Let's be much ruder! And give it to someone who can direct short sketches but not a feature!' Both of those were mistakes. The director has a cameo as one of a trio of men masturbating each other at an orgy, and probably enjoyed that much more than I did watching the film.

The bit of the Ghostbusters clone that did remain was the idea that having a big FX-based ending was the funniest thing they could do. No, it's not. And if anyone is surprised by the 'twist', I will be amazed.

The two reasons for giving it two stars rather than one are Richard Ayoade (even if too much of the culture clash ended up in the deleted scenes) and R Lee Ermey.

So see the trailer for this - it is good - and if you want a recent adult comedy that is actually funny, see Horrible Bosses instead, with the bonus that you get to see Kevin Spacey reprise his role in Swimming With Sharks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Total Cock! 19 Feb 2013
Look this is not a great film but it does what it say's on the box. It is funny, it has a good cast with Vince Vaughn on particularly good form, its rude and has aliens in it. This was enough to keep me and my teenage son amused for the duration although it did flag in the middle. Where it does stand out was the volume of penis jokes they managed to squeeze into the 102 minute running time. They are a bit hit and miss but the sheer number of them mean some hit the mark! The supporting cast is also strong especially Billy Crudup as the strange neighbour and Will Forte as the hick town cop. In fact the least memorable character is the Ben Stiller one as the film moves on. Worth catching but maybe not at full price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Watch 21 Jan 2013
I didn't know what to expect after seeing some of the reviews for this but I thought I'd give it a go and and glad I did, in places it's really funny. I didn't know it was about an alien invasion, just thought it was about some inept neighbourhood watch group. However, it turns out it's very good and well worth watching and easily worth four stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They're watching you! 31 Dec 2012
Set in the sleepy American suburb of Glenview, Ohio , local busybody & manager of the local Costco store, Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller-Zoolander) sets up a local neighborhood watch after his security guard friend, Antonio, is brutally murdered under mysterious circumstances. In step Bob (Vince Vaughn -Wedding Crashers) , Franklin (Jonah Hill -21 Jump Street) & Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade -The IT Crowd) who have very different ideas about what the group are going to do, but with Evan's bossy attitude he tries to whip them into shape with varying degrees of success. And as they stake out the town for the killer, it's soon apparent that they are up against no ordinary perpetrator.

Overall the story had me interested from minute one & i was curious to see how they would pull it off, and in hindsight, despite the odd minor flaw they did a good job. The film started out the blocks well, setting the scene in a timely fashion, but then it had some lulls in places that had me getting a little bored. However it made up for this with some funny set pieces & towards the end it picked up & finished on a high. The comedy style is very much similar to the rude & crude humor of 21 Jump street which i've also enjoyed (so take that into account if your easily offended or dislike this style of humor) and had me laughing out loud at some of the things they got upto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, really quick delivery. Thank you
Published 12 days ago by Loiter7
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Great film, very funny storyline with a good cast. Definitely worth a buy and a watch, Ben stiller classic already
Published 13 days ago by Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic 'comedy action' lark.
Any film that has Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller is worth a look. However, this is a bit disappointing. You have to wonder at what point in the script the edgy comedy was toned down in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian_OWC
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly criticised - This is an amazing film.
I had to write a review on this to counteract all of the bad (3 stars!?!?!?) reviews on this film. The fact is you will enjoy this film. It is funny. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out
‘The Watch’ was a pretty massive box office flop on release, but does that make it a bad film? Certainly not, it is true that often a film is ignored because it is just plain bad,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Great DVD, reasonable price and arrived promptly! It was purchased as part of a birthday gift and it went down very well.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. M. B. Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect film for an evening at home.
Funny and funny. Highly enjoyable film. Loved it. Good acting, good story, good characters and a witty use of the usual set up.
Published 6 months ago by Danny Hemmings
3.0 out of 5 stars silly
This film is silly another film with bigish cast but lacks great comedy if u want a stupid film to watch once or if your like 15 u may enjoy it
Published 7 months ago by kevin
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This film had all the markings of something good. A fantastic line-up of a cast, 4 great names in comedy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Very funnymove, good special effects. I'm not gonna review the movie but me and my teenage son enjoyed it. Will bw watching it again.
Published 7 months ago by Ms. S. Armitage
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