Best movies: Submarine (2011)

Don’t hold The Watch against Richard Ayoade—the guy was lured in by the proposition of working with Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn. And who wouldn’t be? Especially considering that the London-born funnyman has yet to fully break into the Hollywood conscience, despite his popular, cult-followed work on the quirky British sitcom The IT Crowd.

The Watch, unfortunately for Ayoade, bombed worse than Adam Sandler’s recent mishap That’s My Boy, meaning that the Brit isn’t going to become the next Simon Pegg anytime soon. What he could turn into, however, is the lower-fi version of Shaun of the Dead/Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright.

Last year, Ayoade’s directorial debut, Submarine (produced by Stiller), charmed the imaginary socks off of art-house audiences, with its tender yet awkwardly hilarious portrayal of a Welsh teenager looking to pop his cherry. The film clearly has some famous fans: Ayoade’s next film, The Double (based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic story), will star Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, two of Hollywood’s most respected young actors.