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As the tragic saga of the Trayvon Martin shooting escalates in the media, the summer event comedy "Neighborhood Watch" continues to feel the cultural ripple effect that has cast the title organization into a super negative light.
After pulling ads and an ill-timed teaser trailer featuring Jonah Hill making a gun hand signal to children, Variety reports that the Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn-led satire has undergone a name change to simply "The Watch." Meanwhile, IGN has dropped a new NSFW red band trailer that makes it as clear as crystal that there's absolutely nothing realistic about the premise.
The story follows four hapless suburbanites played by Stiller, Vaughn, Hill, and British "The IT Crowd" sensation Richard Ayoade as they attempt to uncover an extraterrestrial conspiracy that turns out to be true. There's plenty of the d**kcentric bro humor we'd expect from a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad"), and Ayoade is his usual hilariously deadpan self.
Also, any movie where Jonah Hill eagerly plots to perform sex acts on R. Lee Ermey to see if he's an alien sounds pretty damn hilarious.
Representatives from Fox issued the following statement about the July 27 release:
"As the subject matter of this alien-invasion comedy bears no relation whatsoever to the recent tragic events in Florida, the studio altered the title to avoid any accidental or unintended misimpression that it might."
Reminder: the red band trailer below is NSFW.