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Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn short on laughs in 'The Watch'

'The Watch' has lots of gross-out CGI monster splatter, but falls short on comedy.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / July 27, 2012

'The Watch' is all blah buddy comedy.

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In the new Ben Stiller comedy “The Watch,” four guys come together in suburban Glenview, Ohio, to form a neighborhood-watch group after a series of gruesome and inexplicable murders. They should have been on the look-out for theaters playing “The Watch” instead.

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You may remember that this film was originally supposed to open under the title “The Neighborhood Watch” around the time of the Trayvon Martin incident. But there’s nothing real-world about “The Watch,” which is about how a gaggle of doofuses – played by Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade – take down an alien invasion. It’s a mash-up of blah buddy comedy and gross-out CGI monster splatter, with nary a laugh to be had. Grade: D (Rated R for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images.)

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