Scott Marks 4:30 p.m., Dec. 5
Ben Stiller stars as the standard "citizen who's into community issues because he can't deal with the trouble he's got at home," but he wisely steps aside and gives ownership of the film to Vince Vaughn's "suburban Dad looking for bro-bonding." The Watch is about an overzealous neighborhood watch that stumbles upon the nefarious doings of literal, nonmetaphorical aliens in our midst, but of course, it's really about four guys havin' some laffs and inviting you along, and Vaughn's version of goodhearted Ohio crude makes it a tolerable ride. The humor is dirty-sweet; there's no edge, just cheerful raunch. (Vaughn's narration of his efforts to urinate into a beer can while riding in Stiller's car is as good an example as any, and while it's more motif than theme, it's probably worth noting that penises and their various emissions are prominent, and even integral to the goings-on.) If there's a moral here, it's this: sometimes, saving your daughter's virginity and saving the world are one and the same thing. With Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade. 2012.
— Matthew Lickona