‘Watch’ out — this one’s bad
(MCT) — The bar is high for bad comedies, but “The Watch” promises to be this summer’s worst. It’s a muddled, jumbled scrapbook of a film that is bafflingly uncertain of what it is trying to be funny about.
There is a cast of oblivious imbeciles, gross-out misbehavior, crass bedroom farce, and a science fantasy twist whose stupefying silliness is almost, but not quite, comic. It lurches from scene to dismal, rhythm-less, momentum-killing scene, tripping over its contradictions every step of the way.
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and English TV comic Richard Ayoade play everyday guys who band together to patrol the streets of their town following a ghastly murder. That garishly visualized “comic” killing is just the first in a cascade of tonally jarring, badly judged routines.
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