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The Watch movie review: Aliens with brains in their what?

Shanee is a screenwriter and educator living in Los Angeles. She created the web series She Blinded Me w Science to encourage young girls to explore science and technology. You can also read her blog where she chronicles her filmmaking ...

Aliens invade Costco for Magnum condoms!

The Watch is a silly, R-rated comedy with heavy hitters Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as regular, small town dudes who get more than they bargained for when they form a neighborhood watch group. Turns out Costco really does have everyone you need under one roof – especially if you’re from another planet!

The Watch Group

Ben Stiller plays straight-laced Evan, a man with tons of civic pride who enjoys being the manager at the local Costco. After his night security guard is mysteriously turned into a bloody pulp, Evan quickly realizes the police of Glenview, Ohio don’t have a clue as to who committed the ghastly murder. Sgt. Bressman, played by a very funny Will Forte, is delightfully dimwitted though always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

Stiller, Vaughn and Hill talk one-liners in The Watch >>

Evan recruits several other do-gooders to his neighborhood watch, like Bob, an over-protective, yet beer-guzzling dad, played perfectly by Vince Vaughn. Jonah Hill is Franklin, a police-force reject who lives with his mom and has a serious stash of ammo. Most interesting of the bunch is British-accented Jamarcus, played by Richard Ayoade, as a foreigner who appears to be more than just a little socially awkward. Could the odd Jamarcus be hiding a secret?

The Watch group walking

The fun really starts when The Watch crew discovers that a real-life extra-terrestrial is responsible for the Costco killing. Thinking they’ve killed the reptilian creature that spews green slime, the guys have a hilarious trophy scene where they each take goofy photos of the “dead” alien in some very compromising positions.

While there is a lot of “adult” humor in the movie (the alien’s green slime apparently feels and smells a lot like a particular bodily fluid that comes out of a human male, if you catch our drift), the movie feels more like several good comedy sketches knitted together instead of a really funny movie. But that’s okay; given Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill really deliver on their funny.

Bottom line:  If you love these actors, you’ll enjoy a number of hearty laughs from this fab comedic ensemble. But don’t expect any mind-blowing alien special effects. These E.T.s keep their brain inside their penis, making for many good phallic jokes and a giving them an unusual Achilles, um, heel.

Photo credit:  20th Century Fox
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