When a security guard is murdered in a Costco store in Glenview, Ohio, its manager (Ben Stiller) forms a neighborhood watch, little dreaming that they’re facing… aliens. The script bears hallmarks of its childish writers, but has very few jokes and seems to rely entirely on Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill to do their expected shtick. They’re OK, but the movie focuses too much on their characters’ boring personal problems – and the final half-hour has a jarring shift in tone.
2012-U.S. 101 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Akiva Schaffer. Screenplay: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jared Stern. Cast: Ben Stiller (Evan Trautwig), Vince Vaughn (Bob MacAllister), Jonah Hill (Franklin), Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte… R. Lee Ermey, Billy Crudup.
Trivia: Will Ferrell and Chris Tucker were allegedly considered for roles.