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The Watch - E4

(Image credit: photo credit Melinda Sue Gordon)

A fun sci-fi comedy. 3/5 stars

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play the members of a hapless Ohio neighbourhood watch team who have to battle aliens.

But antsy do-gooder Stiller struggles to turn party-hearty Vaughn, immature police force reject Hill and randy newly-divorced Brit Ayoade into zealous civic vigilantes, until he discovers that a bunch of slimy extraterrestrials are plotting an invasion from the basement of his cash-and-carry superstore.

With this cast and premise, comedy fireworks should be guaranteed but the film suffers from a slapdash script and sluggish handling, which keeps it in the slow lane.

However, the big-name cast is still well worth watching.