Seth Rogen has been on fire at the box office as of late and shows no sign of slowing down. His latest, Neighbors has him teaming up with yet another great cast including Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Carla Gallo, and Ike Barinholtz, but does it have the rated R comedy chops to live up to the fun of the trailers or will it be a neighborhood you should avoid?
Neighbors follows a young couple with a bay who are just trying to enjoy their new home and family in peace, but when a frat house moves in next door they are thrust into a feud between them and the frat brothers for dominance of who will be the last neighbor standing. The story here is pretty simple and uses a bit too slow a build to really get to the good stuff, but once it does it manages to be fairly entertaining. Rogen and Byrne have some fun unexpected chemistry as the married couple and it gives Rogen a chance to play the more straight man of the film. Smartly, they have numerous moments that allows Rogen to let loose with his normal weed shenanigans but never fully takes him aways from the character. Zac Efron leads the charge for the frat house with Dave Franco as his right hand man and Christopher Mintz-Plasse bringing the sex up character to the forefront. The beginning of the film is a bit slow as it sets things up, but most of it just feels a bit forced. Once they get the feud going then the film steps things up. Thankfully this film sports a rated R and while it doesn’t go too over the top it fully uses the rateing to have some raunchy fun making it way better than it might have been otherwise. At the same time it doesn’t fully commit to the raunch, but instead actually has a couple of more drama-esque moments for the characters finding themselves in the mist of this battle that gave the film more depth, but at the same time made some of the comedic moments stumble.
While this film has some issues it still managed to be pretty entertaining. Those expecting a full on weed smoking, frat sex party may not be completely satisfied as it does pull its punches from time to time. One thing that is for sure is that Rogen and Efron have some great chemistry as rivals and that helps the film work on the bigger scale. One of the best moments of the movie is a hilarious fight scene between the two that just has to be seen. If you are fans of either of them or anyone else in the cast then give Neighbors a try, just be prepared for the slow moments, but know there will be plenty more to keep you laughing.