Movie Review: The Watch
By Roger Ebert
“The Watch” has lots of energy but not much inspiration. It’s a four-way buddy movie about an alien invasion of Earth — which is already under way from its headquarters in the basement beneath a Costco store. Why Costco? Because there the aliens can find everything under one roof.
The setup: An overnight security guard at the store is murdered by an unseen menace. This angers Evan (Ben Stiller), the store manager, who recruits three other guys to join his neighborhood watch. These are the usual standard buddy group types: a big guy named Bob (Vince Vaughn), a fat guy named Franklin (Jonah Hill) and an ethnic guy named Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). Evan is focused and organized, but the others might as well be the Three Stooges.