Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco
Rating: R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout
Run Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Synopsis: Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Byrne) are new parents and recently bought their first house. Not soon after a fraternity moves in next door and Mac and Kelly decide to try and be the cool neighbors to Teddy (Efron), the frat's president, in an effort to keep their noise down. But after calling the cops on them and betraying Teddy's trust, a full-on war breaks out between the exhausted parents and the frats brothers next door.
Andrew: Hello dear readers! Last night Sarah and I caught this weekend's new big comedy release, Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a pair of new parents who must deal with a fraternity that moves in next door led by Zac Efron's hard-partying frat president.
A: I think you might be on to something! Efron was phenomenal as Teddy, the president of the Delta Psi fraternity, because he absolutely nailed all the aspects of what his character could be. He's a dumb, muscular frat bro who's sole aim in his college life is to throw the biggest party in his frat's history, but he hits these other notes where if he feels hurt by someone's actions you actually kinda feel for him, or when he starts to realize his future is up in the air you sympathize with him a bit. But he's also hilarious. He's never been high on my list but after this comedic turn he's certainly someone to watch out for now.
I really liked that they kept her Australian accent in the movie, too. I think she is much funnier when she can be more herself. She also had this great way of playing the first-time mom and being the funny wife that has nothing wrong with sabotage. There were times when she was really showing some vulnerability over having to stay at home and feeling a little unfulfilled.
And those cameos…they were AMAZING! I mean, I feel like we shouldn't give away who they were but it was pretty genius. I just love how actors can call up their actor buddies and get them to be in movies and it not be a big deal. I was actually surprised it wasn't the normal Rogen crew, Weren't you?
It's very different but somehow still in the same vein. More than anything is that the film draws its comedy from him being this thirty-something dad, like how he and Rose Byrne get too exhausted trying to get the baby ready to take to a rave that they never even make it out the door. Speaking of the baby, we haven't even mentioned how fricking cute the baby in this movie is, or babies I should say since it was a pair of twins.
Okay, so I really enjoyed Neighbors. It was so different and I really appreciated that. It took Rogen's humor to a whole new level and I think it's pretty awesome. I really enjoyed this movie and laughed a lot, which I think means the goal was met. Final thoughts for you?
FINAL VERDICT: A must-see in theatres!
|(Individual Scores - S: 4/5 A: 4.5/5)
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