I’ll admit, I’ve been skeptical about 20th Century Fox’s upcoming sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch (now retitled The Watch in the tragic wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting at the hands of George Zimmerman, who claimed to be a member of his local neighborhood watch). The first teaser was meh, and while the concept has the potential to be fun—a group of overzealous suburbanites must fend off an alien invasion in their nice, quite little burg—nothing about it screams “I need to see this movie!”
The new red-band trailer for The Watch, however, takes things up a notch. Just a head’s up, you should refrain from watching this video at work or within earshot of impressionable youth. You don’t want your kids repeating anything you’re about to hear.
Maybe I’m simple, maybe I’m crass, but I’m a sucker for needlessly over the top profanity, which The Watch, at least according to this trailer, delivers by the bucket load. Between the matter of fact discussion of condom size, the comparison of a mysterious alien secretion to human sexual fluids, and R. Lee Ermey’s foul-mouthed, shotgun-wielding rant, this is two and a half minutes of nonstop vulgarity. When you take into account that the script was written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), the style of comedy makes a modicum of sense. While not for everybody, The Watch is starting to look like it could be a good time. Comparisons to The Burbs seem inevitable, and while that’s not a bad comparison, those are big expectations to live up to.
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade play the watchful quartet, and The Watch opens in theaters July 27th. It remains to be seen if the name change will impact box office receipts, but there is enough name recognition and star power present that The Watch should easily overcome that obstacle.