Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 03, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Watch

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
07/27/12
performer
Richard Ayoade, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn
director
Akiva Schaffer
distributor
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C-

This passing mess of a comedy about four mismatched guys in a neighborhood patrol who end up fighting gooey aliens shows stylistic stress fractures where the story was reshaped over time: First it was supposed to be a PG-13 Ghostbusters thing, and then it became an R-rated guy thing in which grown men sit around saying smutty stuff about their junk. And then each learns something valuable. No one lifts a finger comedically or dramatically here — except maybe poor, lovely Rosemarie DeWitt, playing Ben Stiller’s wife as gamely as she can. C-

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