‘The Watch’ International Trailer: Ben Stiller Will Save the Planet

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Screenwriting duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad) joined forces with director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod), producer Shawn Levy (Real Steel) – and a cast that includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade, in order to create this summer’s suburban-set, sci-fi comedy, The Watch (formerly titled, Neighborhood Watch).

The Watch international trailer establishes Stiller as the film’s protagonist, Evan – a do-gooder, middle-aged father who decides to put together a neighborhood watch team. However, he and his fellow “protectors of the people” (Vaughn, Hill, Ayoade) end up doing more partying than protecting during their shifts. That is, until they stumble upon a secret alien invasion, and have to (quite literally) save the world.

Past movies scripted by Rogen and Goldberg have offered an occasionally peculiar (sometimes, downright bizarre) mix of raunchy comedy with over-the-top action and violence. That was very much the case with Pineapple Express and Green Hornet, in particular – and, judging by the red-band previews and regular theatrical promos for The Watch, the writing duo’s latest cinematic concoction will likely be equally outrageous as their previous efforts.

Whether The Watch will also be more, less, or as equally entertaining as Rogen and Goldberg’s past films – that’s the question.

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'The Watch'

In this writer’s opinion: your feelings about The Watch will probably be the same as your feelings about the people involved with the project. If you’ve yet to tire of the main cast’s trademark shticks (Hill as the awkward underachiever, Vaughn as the smarmy, fast-talker, etc.) – or have gotten a real kick out of almost every other movie written by Rogen and Goldberg to date, then you may want to watch… er, The Watch.

Everyone else: does The Watch bear too much resemblance to previous movies – including, those about everyday folk who have to protect their neighborhood from a surreal threat – be it human (The ‘Burbs), supernatural (Fright Night), or other-worldly in origin (Attack the Block)? Or does it look like an entertaining variation on those familiar elements?

The Watch opens in theaters around the U.S. on July 27th, 2012.


Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. Looks like it might be “an entertaining variation”…I’m just glad Rogen isn’t IN it.

  2. The premise sounds like it could be funny.. I think the draw for me is seeing Stiller, Hill and Vaughn in one movie.. The movie might suck, but there is no way in hell that it won’t be hilarous…

  3. The last Ben Siller movie I’ve seen was Tower Heist and I honestly can’t think of a movie I’ve watched recently that I hated more.
    So IMO if this is even slightly better than that it’s a success.

  4. I actually enjoy most of Stiller’s movies (even Tower Heist).
    Probably won’t see this in theaters though, but it looks like it could make for a nice rental.

  5. Yeah
    I was just thinking how much we all need another Jonah Hill movie

  6. Looks good.

  7. Anyone else notice that Ayoade wasn’t present in the final scene of the trailer? Suspicious….

  8. Laughed out loud during the trailer. Looking forward to laughing out loud some more in the Theatre.

  9. ALl you negative nancies that are commenting about not liking it. Smoke a joint, watch the trailer again, laugh, and enjoy life. Take care.