|Original title:||The Watch|
|Production country:||USA 2012|
|Running time:||Approx. 101 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The idea actually sounds brilliant: take a group of hip comedy stars like Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill and let them fight against an alien invasion in a normal American small town under the direction of an experienced gag writer of the legendary comedy series "Saturday Night Live". If the "Superbad" authors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg also put the whole thing on paper, it can only be a real gag firework - or?
"The Watch - 3rd Kind Neighbors" has great potential in any case. The comedy tells the story of the committed Evan (Ben Stiller) who, after a colleague was cruelly murdered in the supermarket branch he runs, founds a private militia. However, only a few like-minded people join his appeal: the notoriously good-humoured Bob (Vince Vaughn), the young Franklin (Jonah Hill), who seems to have some problems with his aggressiveness, and the newly divorced Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade, "The IT-Crowd"). But somehow his new vigilantes don't seem to take the whole thing as seriously as Evan. Instead of listening to his rules and plans, they prefer to enjoy the benefits of Bob's party cellar. But the fun comes to an end when they find out that an alien has killed Evans colleagues and that several aliens are still waiting in their small town to launch a deadly invasion against humanity. And so it is now up to the only conditionally capable troops to save their city, their country and their planet...
In the USA, "The Watch - Nachbarn der 3. Art" (The Watch - Neighbors of the 3rd Kind) at the box office falls far short of expectations and also had to take bad scolding from the critics in the first place. However, the movie isn't as bad as you might think. The dirty Alienjagd has some really good laughs to offer and can especially convince in the moments when the humor becomes a little bloody or little satirical side blows on the American way of life are distributed. In these moments, however, it also becomes clear what great potential the makers have gambled away here in favor of countless penis jokes.
The adolescent body fluid humor, which is tried here until total exhaustion, provides one or the other good laugh. In the long run, however, these jokes, which are mainly restricted to male sexual organs and their secretions, wear off and only cause the spectators to smile tiredly or have their eyes twisted. When the hunt for the aliens finally really starts, it's amusing and worth seeing staged. But the way there is very bumpy and a bit too raunchy to leave a positive impression all around.
So "The Watch - Nachbarn der 3. Art" at the end is a very good idea, which still works quite well after completely shutting down the brain and switching off the good taste. However, it's somehow sad that the funny starting situation and the comedic potential of the story and the actors has been given away in so many scenes just to accommodate as many genital jokes as possible. "The Watch" isn't a complete crash landing, but somehow the "neighbors of the 3rd kind" are nothing more than a movie of the stupid kind. But even that can sometimes be a lot of fun. For fans of Ben Stiller and/or Vince Vaughn and/or Jonah Hill, who like it a bit more raunchy, it's still worth seeing!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp