Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Kelly and Mac (Byrne, and Rogen) are a young couple who have given up their parting ways and are trying out transitioning into young adulthood by settling down in a quiet suburban neighborhood with their newborn child, and attempting to do the right things (have jobs, raise the kid, be productive members of the community) and all goes reasonably well (in spite of their divorced friends who still want to party all night and smoke weed), that is until a group of the frat brothers from the local college move into the house next door and disrupt their entire life (especially at night with their loud and ruckus partying ways.
At first the young couple attempt to be reasonable by going over and politely asking the kids to “keep it down” which (surprise) works not at all, as the first night the kids next door (lead by Frat boys Teddy and Pete (Efron and Franco) start whooping it up. So when Kelly and Mac ask them to, once again “keep it down” Teddy and Pete sort of try to comply, but wind up inviting Kelly and Mac over to enjoy themselves — which the young (almost adult) couple does. Needless to say, the next night when the kids go off the hook again, Kelly and Mac call the cops, which get back to Teddy and Pete who then decide to “get back” at the couple for interfering with their right to be the neighbors from Hell.
Needless to say, that’s where things go totally off the rails as the frat boys do whatever they can to screw with the adults living next door. It doesn’t take long for Kelly and Mac to begin to retaliate. Soon enough everything escalates and it is a full-scale comedic war that shows how quickly things can go really, really wrong when a family and a frat house become neighbors. True to the Rogen style of film this is full the kinds of set pieces that populate his films. So yeah, this is a pretty standard fare for Rogen, and while it isn’t as side-splitting funny as some of his other work, is entertaining and shows how he can evolve his character into “older” roles while still keeping with the same kind of hilarity that endeared him to us in the first place.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.