Watch­dogs loose in neigh­bour­hood

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Film dis­trib­u­tors can some­times err to­wards the hys­ter­i­cal when pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial ap­pears to mir­ror re­cent trau­matic news events. One can, how­ever, un­der­stand why 20th Cen­tury Fox has reined in its Florida cam­paign for the up­com­ing com­edy Neigh­bour­hood Watch.

The trailer finds Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, neigh­bour­hood watch nuts, driv­ing around the sub­urbs look­ing for trou­ble. The boys even­tu­ally per­form a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest on a wan­der­ing teenager. Par­al­lels with the Trayvon Martin case, in which a neigh­bour­hood watch of­fi­cial killed a young Floridia man, are im­pos­si­ble to avoid.

Af­ter the cam­paign was pulled, a spokesper­son for Fox com­mented: “We are very sen­si­tive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-in­va­sion com­edy and bears ab­so­lutely no re­la­tion to the tragic events in Florida.” The film is set to open here in late sum­mer.

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