Alien invasion comedy with all-star cast and occasional laughs Discuss this article
American superstore Costco gets an iffy amount of brand exposure in this marginally amusing alien-invasion comedy. It’s an apt enough association for a film packaged as pure product, aiming to snare the combined markets for loudmouth comics, sci-fi action and, er, Richard Ayoade – who, however seemingly misplaced, is the freshest thing here.
When a colleague is gruesomely murdered by a slime-trailing killer, Stiller forms a neighbourhood watch force, though fellow members Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ayoade are more interested in bromance than keeping the peace. As is the film: the intrusion of a somewhat mangy-looking Third Kind doesn’t distract the script from its strict agenda of lame jokes and casual xenophobia. The laughs are as cheap and cheerful as the effects, but the film’s dim boisterousness is troubling.
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