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Reel Watchers: 'The Watch' not worth watching

Not your everyday neighborhood watch, "The Watch" - starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade - follows the antics of four overzealous characters determined to protect their suburban Ohio town from evil forces.

Not everything is as it seems when a Costco security guard ends up dead, and the watchdogs end up getting more than they bargained for when they discover that their town has been infiltrated by aliens.

Unfortunately, the intruders are not easy to identify, as they are disguised as normal people.

As the group attempts to work out their personal differences in their male bonding sessions, there are some poignant moments as Bob (Vaughn) and Evan (Stiller) discuss their respective shortcomings. However, they face many more pitfalls in their newfound roles, and one wonders who is going to need protection from whom.

Jonah Hill is convincing as Franklin, a tough guy/mama's boy, and Richard Ayoade (as Jamarcus) does have a surprise for the group toward the end of the movie.

Other than that, "The Watch" is totally predictable, lacking in substance and full of silliness.

Not even the special effects can brighten the monotony of weary clichés and raunchy language.

You would no doubt be doing yourself a favor by choosing a different movie.

I give "The Watch" only a one-half out of 4 Miners.

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