Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Opens May 9th, 2014
1 hr 37 mins



Nicholas Stoller


Seth Rogen as Mac Radner
Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders
Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner
Dave Franco as Pete
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie
Lisa Kudrow as Carol Gladstone
Craig Roberts as Assjuice
Ike Barinholtz as Jimmy
Jake Johnson as Billy Jessup
Hannibal Buress as Officer Watkins
Halston Sage as Brooke

Review by Stephen M.

Neighbors hits you right at home especially if you have children albeit without the drugs.  The comedy features new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) moving into a new house.  With a little one to take care of now, they find that their lives are altered drastically from their care free life they were used to before.  When a fraternity moves in to their house next door, merriment is aplenty until an agreement between the fraternity leaders Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) and the parents is broken.

 The film has many hilarious scenes, and is well played up by the various actors.  As the rivalry builds between the two sides, things just get crazier and crazier.  The acting is a bit suspect at times.  But the jokes more than cover up for it.  From the scene where the fraternity imitates Robert De Niro's roles in various movies to a drunken favorite Batman male bonding, the movie will have you cracking up.

It's nice to see Lisa Kudrow back on the big screen as Dean Carol Gladstone.  I really enjoyed Dave Franco and Zac Efron's performance up until towards the end when they are feuding.  I was not a big fan of Rose Byrne's performance.  Despite having to be milked and tough it up against the portly Seth, she was not particularly interesting or convincing.

Overall, I would recommend the film if just to see a shirtless Zac and Seth.  The film may not be for everyone due to its content and type of humor.  But as far as mindless comedies right now, they're leaps and bounds against anything else out this month or next.  Fans of movies like Old School or Seth Rogen fans will definitely enjoy this film.


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