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Will Fox Pull “Neighborhood Watch” From Summer Release?

Will Fox Pull "Neighborhood Watch" From Summer Release?

Though 20th Century Fox has not offically said anything, there are rumblings that they might postpone the release of their big summer comedy film Neighborhood Watch because of, what one would call, unfortunate timing; that being the Treyvon Martin shooting, which is still very much a very hot, intensely controversial issue.

The $60 million film, co-written by Seth Rogen and starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn and British comedian and director Richard Ayoade in his American screen debut, is stlll, to date, scheduled to be released on July 27th. However there are rumors that if the Martin case drags on and continues to be a hot button issue during the summer, which it well most likely could be,  the studio might be forced to pull the film from release and wait until a later and much safer time.

Some film insiders argue that since the film is a comedy and that the the bad guys in the film turn out to be aliens intent on taking over the world, the studio will still go ahead and release the film as planned.

One thing for sure though is that they will most likely have to re-edit or come out with a completely new trailer to replace the old one below. In light of recent events, it’s pretty creepy.

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Release it. The world should have a good look at the total ignorance that built Hollywood.

Norman Kelley

Maybe this film should be released and let it follow its natural course. Perhaps humor — satire, in this case — will make people see the ridiculous length that some people have gone to in regarding taking the law into their own hands. On the other hand, it may desensitize people to the seriousness of the "Stand Your Ground" law or the doctrine can morph into something dangerous, as the Zimmerman-Martin shooting.

People have a right to associate and protect themselves, but you have be aware when such activity slides into vigilantism and using the law as cover for egregious behavior.

Miles Ellison

The timing is unfortunate, but what's more unfortunate is the fact that most of these people haven't been funny for a long time.


I hate to be insensitive, but I highly doubt Trayvon will still be national news by the time this is released. The American public has a notoriously short attention span–remember Caylee Anthony? Yeah…

James Evans From The Cabrini-Green Projects

I say release it, why not. One thing this whole BK commercial with Mary J has confirmed for me, is that we are getting too dang sensitive. I say why NOT be reminded of the ills in this world? The reason we're moving backwards as a people right now is because we have forgotten our very recent struggles and victories.


It's fascinating to see how hip-hop has been co-opted over the years. It's also fascinating how this movie reinforces the accepted narrative on the role of law enforcement in society. I can see why this movie should be delayed, but I think it should still come out so people can see how our current society encourages propaganda like this film.


This is a pretty funny trailer. Especially that last little bit. But, I think it appropriate to shelve or postpone in light of the Trayvon case. No one can really laugh at the subject matter in light of the recent tragic events. A film that was meant to be lighthearted and funny will seem insensitive and divisive if released at the wrong time.



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