Going to see this movie on the first “Five Dollar Tuesday” could have been a good or a bad idea. For some, having a filled theater might feel too stressful, but for others (say the studio who produced this) it was a dream come true. The theater was packed.
‘Neighbors’ seemed to have had a huge following before it was released. It’s safe to say that Zac Efron most likely prompted many females to buy tickets and for males, Seth Rogen’s popular humor with his movies (‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno,’ ‘Superbad’).
All of the hype and anticipation might have led to high expectations for director Nicholas Stoller (‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’) to deliver another blockbuster American comedy.
Stoller was successful in the deliverance. The audience was enthralled in the shenanigans the Radners (Rogen and Rose Byrne) and their frat boy neighbors indulge in throughout.
Mac and Kelly Radner live on a quiet street in suburbia (you know the cliché) with their baby and everything is coming up roses until the new neighbors move into the neighborhood and take over, to put it loosely.
Who are those neighbors? Enter Efron and Dave Franco (Teddy and Pete, respectively) and their frat brothers. As you could imagine, they’re going to liven up the street a bit.
Teddy is the head of the fraternity and the ultimate ring leader behind the pranks and all-out war between his family and Mac’s. This is quite the departure role for Efron and he was genuinely believable as the stereotypical sleazy and dumb frat guy (but they’re not all like him). You forget he’s done roles in ‘High School Musical’ and ‘The Lucky One’ and has graduated to this kind of R-rated comedy that will enhance his talent and versatility.
Byrne also impressed with her surprising role as the timid mother-turned-badass. Yes, she was in ‘Bridesmaids,’ but her job wasn’t to be funny in that film. Here, while she’s not the primary source of comedy, Byrne proves that she fits in well with those such as Rogen. It was a breath of fresh air to see her in this.
Mr. Seth Rogen. What is there to say? There are no other words than: he proves once again that his shameless and humbling acting has the audience in tears laughing and with that, I’m sure he’s happy.