If The Watch is a victim of bad timing, it’s also a product of, well, bad everything. Amazingly, the film has the backing of otherwise talented comics, so the big curiosity is how a film from one third of The Lonely Island, the writers of Superbad, one of that film’s stars, and Ben Stiller could wind up being so absent of working punchlines. It’s almost not even worth bringing up The Watch‘s science fiction heritage; the movie pays as little attention to its interstellar antagonists as possible, until it’s time to wrap things up with an expected and rote action climax. There’s so much that The Watch could be saying about social and political issues of the day, but it chooses not to– and that would be fine if it at least had the courtesy to be funny. The full extent of my disappointment can be found here.