The Watch

July 27th 2012
  • Comedy/Sci-Fi,
  • R,
  • 102 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller , Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, Billy Crudup, Rosemarie DeWitt, R. Lee Ermey, Will Forte, Doug Jones, Johnny Pemberton, Nicholas Braun, Jorma Taccone, Cathy Shim, Willam Belli, Erin Moriarty, Joe Nunez, Carissa Capobianco, Justin Wheelon, Patricia French, Mel Rodriguez, Bonnie Johnson, Cait Johnson, Hillary Brant, Bradford Haynes, Jonathan Hart, Alexander Isaiah Thomas, Zack Mines, Kathryn Dickerson, Timothy J. Richardson, Joshua Andrew Davies, Sharon Gee, Jill Jane Clements
  • Director: Akiva Schaffer
  • Writers: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Jared Stern
  • Producers: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
  • Co Producer: Blondel Aidoo
  • Executive Producer: Monica Levinson
  • Casting: Alyssa Weisberg
  • Costume Design: Wendy Chuck
  • D.O.P.: Barry Peterson
  • Editor: Dean Zimmerman
  • Makeup: Lisa Layman
  • Music: Christophe Beck
  • Production Design: Doug J. Meerdink
  • Set Decorations: Cindy Carr, Terry 'KJ' Day


Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood - and the world - from total extermination.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Georgia, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images
  • Production Budget: $68 million
  • Production Companies: 21 Laps Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox
  • Production Schedule: September 2011 - 20 January 2012

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A Stiller/Vaughn teaming is usually something worth keeping an eye on, but the real star of 'Watch' will no doubt be Richard Ayoade. Best known as the scene stealing nerd du jour 'Moss' on UK sitcom "The I.T. Crowd" and more recently as the filmmaker behind the acclaimed "Submarine", Ayoade takes one of the supporting roles originally marked for Chris Tucker who thankfully opted out.

The trio, and Jonah Hill, play a group of suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a cover to allow them time to bond and escape from their families. When the group stumbles upon an alien plot that threatens the existence of the entire world, they are forced to confront it.

It's a decent concept made more interesting by the employing of "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who came onboard to perform a complete overhaul of Jared Stern's script. Sterns' PG-13 light sci-fi comedy stylings have now been replaced by an R-rated film with decidedly adult humour - not something you see in a lot of sci-fi comedies.

Schaffer began shooting the film back in October around various parts of Georgia. With its July 27th opening date, this will benefit from those audiences already burned out or not interested in seeing "The Dark Knight Rises". It's a cute idea that should perform well enough for the studio to be satisfied."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 10 August 2012: Sweden
  • 15 August 2012: Belgium, Iceland
  • 16 August 2012: Georgia, Serbia
  • 17 August 2012: Estonia
  • 20 August 2012: Pakistan
  • 23 August 2012: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia
  • 24 August 2012: Ireland, Romania, UK
  • 31 August 2012: Bulgaria, Lithuania
  • 5 September 2012: Philippines
  • 6 September 2012: Dominican Republic, Germany
  • 7 September 2012: Ecuador, Taiwan, Uruguay
  • 8 September 2012: Puerto Rico
  • 12 September 2012: France
  • 13 September 2012: Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Portugal
  • 14 September 2012: Brazil
  • 20 September 2012: Peru
  • 21 September 2012: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Vietnam
  • 27 September 2012: Chile, Czech Republic
  • 28 September 2012: Mexico
  • 11 October 2012: Hungary
  • 12 October 2012: Venezuela
  • 18 October 2012: Bolicia
  • 19 October 2012: Colombia
  • 25 October 2012: Argentina
  • 8 November 2012: Italy
  • 9 November 2012: Spain
  • 30 November 2012: Norway