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Surprisingly Short on Time Piece Jokes: The Watch Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 21, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 21, 2012 |

What are you really supposed to do with a movie like this, when you can predict the reviews for it even though it doesn’t come out until July 27th? They’re going to say that the film doesn’t break any ground, but it does what it sets out to do. It’s a harmless mediocre comedy that has a few laughes, but not enough to justify the bother of making it. There will be a couple memorable scenes, inevitably attributed not to the headliners of Stiller and Vaughn, but to Hill or Ayoade. There’s probably a cameo by someone more famous than the actual stars of the film, that is more entertaining and original than most of the rest of the movie. There will probably be a couple of homages to more impressive science fiction, but without any actual love for the genre that fuels an effort like Paul.

In short, it’s going to be to science fiction films what “The Big Bang Theory” is to nerds: a mostly harmless but amateurish send-up of something that the authors actually know nothing about. It will be the sort of film that people who know nothing about science fiction will cheerily tell science fiction fans about on Monday morning concluding with “it’s science fiction, so you should go see it.”

Oh yeah, here’s the trailer.

That totally bucks my expectations. See, it’s funny because they keep shooting the alien! Like a million times!

I know I’m being pointlessly harsh, but I’m sick of the fact that a film not trying to be intelligent is somehow a valid excuse for its failure to be intelligent. Just hand the thing its trophy for participation and let’s move on.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.