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The Watch (2012)



Critic 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.

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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

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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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Critic Reviews for The Watch

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (50)

This wants to be (I think) Invasion of the Body Snatchers via Ghostbusters and Attack the Block but succeeds in being nothing but its own dreadful, pitiful, tedious self.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Watch" is a Dream Team in which no one's drawn up any plays and nobody passes the ball. Everybody just shoots and hopes for the best.

February 12, 2013 | Full Review…

There's nothing particularly offensive about the piece. But its intergalactic badness does take the breath away.

August 24, 2012 | Rating: 1/5

It's got a cast to kill for, a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg script (they wrote Superbad) and a promisingly Ghostbusters-ish premise. And yet it's catastrophic.

August 23, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

By the end you want to mercy-shoot everyone involved.

August 23, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

All the bromancing back-slapping can't hide the quartet's crippling lack of screen chemistry, while frights, and laughs, are non-existent.

August 23, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Watch


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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

It had its moments... but they were too few!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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