Fearful that its movie "Neighborhood Watch" would be associated with the Feb. 26 Trayvon Martin shooting, 20th Century Fox in May changed the title of the comedy to"The Watch."
However, the film shares little in common with the death of the 17-year-old at the hands of a neighborhood-watch volunteer.
The movie, which hits theaters Friday, stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as fathers who decide to start their own neighborhood watch and subsequently take on aliens invading their town. But it's possible the film's lighthearted tone may have been overlooked by some potential moviegoers.
Asked what he hoped audiences know about "The Watch," Stiller said he wants to convey the picture is just a "silly comedy."
"The point of it was to go and make a fun summer comedy — kind of escapist — where people could go laugh and have fun," the actor said on the red carpet at the film's premiere in Hollywood on Monday evening. "That's it. There's no message or anything like that."