Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Entertainment Reviews

January 16, 2013

‘The Watch’ saves world with cheap laughs

DVD Review

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Though it seems comedy is doomed to be forever beyond award worthy in the snobbiest of circles, it always seems the downfall is not separating the genre into its own category. Sure, there are those like today’s entry that aren’t exactly the best example of creativity through intelligence, but there can be joy even for the lowest common punch line.

As dumb as the plot behind this story appeared even in early trailers, if you just go in looking for laughs and have no expectations of actually bettering your own life, you can hardy count yourself upon the disappointed. Many of us may not be able to guess where all the accolades go for the best of film each year, but if you think the results will be anything beyond a few lost brain cells, maybe you need to stop going to the cinema altogether. “The Watch” is at least successful in that classic movie goal of offering distraction, even if there really is something more to seeing paint dry instead.

Set in a mostly friendly American town called Glenview Ohio, we are introduced to Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller), the classic example of a person who thinks he can better the world by forming a group for just about anything possible. Happily running his community involved empire outside of his job as a Costco senior manager, he’s content enough in his delusional world until one of his close employees, a security guard, dies of unexplained gruesome circumstances.

Going to the one thing he knows, he canvases the town to form a neighborhood watch group and because no one else cares, ends up attracting the attention of town rejects. This includes a man obsessed with overprotecting his teenage daughter, Bob McAllister (Vince Vaughn), a suave British sounding dude in it to get laid named Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) and a guy that was too mentally unstable to join a police force named Franklin (Jonah Hill). This mismatched band of protectors is about as successful as one might expect, until they are forced to deal with the fact that their foe is an alien race bent on conquering the world.

Text Only
Entertainment Reviews
Business Marquee

e-Edition
  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.

     

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE E-EDITION SITE

     

    ATTENTION CURRENT DEMOCRAT SUBSCRIBERS TO START an e-EDITION

    e-mail request to sjohnson@pvdemocrat.com

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Stocks
Facebook