Beaten by Ice Age 3, in its third week, and Batman in its second. No champagne corks popped at Fox that Monday. And then I saw it. But this is not the Vince Vaughn-Ben Stiller comedy that was so ardently hungered after. Here, Stiller lacks the weirdness of Derek Zoolander or even Roger Greenberg, and the movie thus, fatally, has two straight men up front, with most of the nuttiness displaced on to Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, with the quartet never really gelling as a unit. It'll be interesting to see how The Campaign , starring Stiller's comedy-rival Will Ferrell, will fare in comparison, having arrived precisely when Americans have become sickened by the presidential race altogether.
Stiller's movies are almost as predictable as Ferrell's now — you have to wonder if they've both reached some sort of sell-by date.
Bob encounters Jason who reveals that he is also an alien, and they brawl. Evan and Franklin attempt to disable the transmitter, but are surrounded by aliens. Jamarcus arrives and saves the pair, revealing that the aliens' brains are located in their crotch; Bob kills Jason by ripping off his penis. Evan discovers that the transmitter is powered by the metallic orb and removes it, disabling the machine.
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More aliens arrive, forcing the group to flee. The watch uses the metallic orb to destroy the Costco building, killing all of the aliens inside. In the epilogue, Evan and Abby rekindle their romance and adopt a daughter. Bob is closer to Chelsea and likes her new boyfriend, who is scared by stories of how Bob killed Jason by "ripping his dick off". Franklin is finally accepted by the Glenview Police Department, and Jamarcus continues participating in the secret neighborhood orgies.
The group maintains the watch, continuing to protect Glenview. Nunez as Antonio Guzman Evan's colleague, whose murder inspires him to start the neighborhood watch. Billy Crudup appears uncredited as Evan's "creepy neighbor", Paul. The film began its development as Neighborhood Watch in early , with Levy developing the project over three years based on an idea by 20th Century Fox executive John Fox. Levy described his original vision as a "PG kind of Ghostbusters -y thing.
However, by August Dobkin and Ferrell had left the project.
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In December Peter Segal was in negotiations to direct the film,  but by November the project had not named a director. Principal photography began in October in Georgia , with filming occurring in Atlanta   including Inman Park  and several areas in Cobb County including the Oakleigh,  Echo Mill, and Amberton subdivisions in the city of Powder Springs. The suit was hot even in cold areas, and had to be unzipped to let Doug Jones cool off between takes. The costume was enhanced with CGI in a number of ways, including replacing arms and dilating pupils which Schaffer thought made the creature seem more alive.
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The Neighborhood Watch marketing campaign began on February 29, with the release of a teaser poster, trailer and the unveiling of the film's website, jointhewatch. The trailer featured Hill imitating a gun with his hand pretending to shoot at teenagers, while the poster featured a bullet-ridden, alien-themed neighborhood-watch sign.
According to insiders Fox intended to move into the next phase of the marketing campaign as soon as possible focusing on the film's science-fiction aspects , while replacing previous posters with images of the cast. In a statement about the changes Fox said, "We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida The teaser materials were part of an early phase of our marketing and were never planned for long-term use. On July 25, Harkins Theatres the sixth-largest North American cinema chain announced it would not be showing the film after failing to reach a financial agreement with Fox.
This, plus competition from the simultaneous launch of the Summer Olympics , would negatively impact ticket sales for The Watch. The site's critical consensus reads, " 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.
The Hollywood Reporter ' s Sheri Linden described the film as feeling like "part three of a past-its-prime franchise", criticizing the plot as moving "lazily from setup to punchline to setup, with no particular point and almost no punch". Ebert commented that the comic timing of the lead actors benefits the dialog, but frequent instances of "crude, vulgar and offensive" comedy became unwelcome and unamusing.
However, he praised Hill's "scene-stealing" performance. Entertainment Weekly ' s Lisa Schwarzbaum commented that the film struggles to find a "coherent" style between the "PG rated aliens" and adult themes and dialogue. Club ' s Keith Phipps also unfavorably compared the film to Ghostbusters , stating that it struggles to replicate that film's successful formula but fails to innovate with the story or characters.
He also criticized the frequent Costco promotion.
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He described the film as a "lowbrow, lame-brained mash-up of buddies-on-patrol comedy and sci-fi actioner, held together barely by an endless string of penis jokes". However, he praised Ayoade's "mellow, nerdy-funky appeal [that represents] one of the [film's] few novel aspects". The Los Angeles Times ' Betsy Sharkey was more positive, stating that "the funniest stuff comes from the kind of situational misfires that can happen when dudes try to do things, like catch aliens, that they are clearly not cut out to do".
She considered that Schaffer's previous experience directing short comic videos for Saturday Night Live was partially responsible for individual comic moments broken up by transitions where "things tend to fall apart".
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Rocchi, however, commented that the film was forgettable and "disposable". The Blu-ray disc contains the DVD content, a digital copy of the film and two additional features: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Watch Theatrical release poster. Retrieved July 28, Archived from the original on July 27, Retrieved July 26, Archived from the original on July 20, Jonah Hill as Franklin.
Ben Stiller as Evan. Richard Ayoade as Jamarcus.
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Rosemarie DeWitt as Abby. Will Forte as Sgt. Nicholas Braun as Jason. Doug Jones as Hero Alien. Mel Rodriguez as Chucho.
Erin Moriarty II as Chelsea. Lee Ermey as Manfred. Liz Cackowski as Carla. Johnny Pemberton as Skater Kid. Billy Crudup as Neighbor.
Sharon Gee as Mrs. Sibley as Retiree 1. Grace Fronebarger as Retiree 2. Bonnie Silver as Retiree 3.
Thomas Elliott as Male Hooters Volunteer. Amy Napier Viteri as Reporter. 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. Lindsey Coley as Orgy Woman 2. Marla Malcolm as Orgy Woman 1. LaDonna Allison as Orgy Woman 3. Andy Samberg as Casual Wanker 1. Jorma Taccone as Casual Wanker 2. Akiva Schaffer as Casual Wanker 3.
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