The Watch

After the night watchman at the Costco store he manages is mysteriously murdered, an earnest suburbanite (Ben Stiller) forms a ragtag team of neighborhood guardians (Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade) to investigate. But the quartet of bumbling sleuths gets more than they bargained for when clues begin to suggest that the culprits were other than human. Director Akiva Schaffer's potentially interesting blend of comedy and science fiction founders under an endless stream of juvenile sex jokes. Brief but gruesome violence and an orgy scene played for laughs sink it still further.

Watch out for: Demeaning view of human sexuality, including the frivolous treatment of aberrant sex acts with gratuitous nudity, fleeting but horrific gore, about a dozen uses of profanity, pervasive rough and crude language.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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