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The Watch (2012)

Country: USA

Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Taglines: Got Protection?

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Writers: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, ...

In Glenview, Ohio, Evan is the manager of the Costco department store and married to Abby. When the Costco night watchman, Antonio Guzman, is mysteriously murdered, Evan organizes The Neighborhood Watch, a watch team with his suburban neighbors Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus to protect the neighborhood and find the killer of Antonio. Soon they discover that the murderer is an alien that is preparing to invade Earth, and they become the last hope of mankind on Earth.
Jared Stern wrote the screen story in 2008 with a teen audience in mind. The writing duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were later brought in to convert the story to an R-rated script.
David Dobkin was originally going to direct with Will Ferrell in the leading role, but the duo fell out in summer 2009.
The movie was originally titled "Neighborhood Watch", but was changed due to sensitivity over the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
Chris Tucker was considered for the role of Jamarcus.
The patch on the right sleeve of Franklin's Army jacket is from MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observation Group), an Army Special Forces unit that specialized in secret, behind-enemy-lines operations in North Vietnam and Laos.
Thomas Lennon auditioned for the role of Paul.
Akiva Schaffer:  During the orgy scene, with Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, his teammates from The Lonely Island.
At the beginning, in the narration Evan provides about his life, a quick scene shows him re-positioning the Costco floor grate, foreshadowing the final battle.
The aliens kill 4 people throughout the film: Antonio, Skater Kid, Manfred, and Chucho.
This is the final 20th Century Fox film with the Dune Entertainment logo.
Bradley Cooper was attached to a role.
Vince Vaughn joined the project because he liked his character's relationship with his daughter.
The anouncer kid at the football game and the skater kid both star as the nerd friends in 21 and 22 jump street.
The 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch member resulted in the film's marketing being drastically reshaped. Instead, the film focused on the alien premise at the heart of its storyline. This also resulted in a title change.
Jonah Hill trained for two weeks in learning how to use a butterfly knife.
The Neighborhood Watch scheme was first started after the murder of Catherine Genovese in 1964 by stabbing.
The cop and driver chucho are also both in the show "The Last Man on Earth"
Heavy use of Costco for some scenes.
At one point Peter Segal was in talks to direct.
Akiva Schaffer: During the orgy scene, with Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, his teammates from The Lonely Island.
By taking on a role in this film, Jonah Hill had to drop out of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012), a part he had regarded as the perfect stepping stone for him to legitimatize his credentials as a dramatic actor. Various delays in production on
By taking on a role in this film, Jonah Hill had to drop out of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012), a part he had regarded as the perfect stepping stone for him to legitimatize his credentials as a dramatic actor. Various delays in production on Tarantino's project meant that Hill was still able to appear in the movie.
Will Forte and Mel Rodriguez also star together in The Last Man on Earth (2015).