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Seth Rogen and Zac Efron wage war in 'Neighbors'

'Neighbors' movie review


Universal studios’ ‘Neighbors’ is a comedy about a young couple, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) who are living the American dream in their new starter home in the suburbs after the birth of their baby. But, their idyllic life comes to an abrupt halt when a fraternity moves in next door. In an attempt to maintain their coolness, they welcome their new neighbors.

Zac Efron stars as frat president Teddy Sanders.
Zac Efron stars as frat president Teddy Sanders.
With permission, Photo Credit: Glen Wilson. Copyright: © 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
The party never stops.
With permission, Copyright: © 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The leaders of Delta Psi Beta fraternity are Zac Effron /Teddy, the president and Dave Franco/ Pete, the vice president and together they ignite the party charge at the frat house. Unfortunately, the thirty-something Radners (whose baby’s sleep cycle rules their lives), cannot keep up the pace with their partying neighbors. When the young couple call the police on the fraternity for disturbing the peace, they start a war between generations. Soon, the frat brats learn that they are no match for their semi-mature neighbors.

The film is a hilarious look at young adults who suffer from arrested development and who are struggling with the fact that they are now responsible working class members of society. It is filled with crude jokes, drug use, sexual situations and super filthy language. But, it is this insanity that makes it a ridiculous jaunt on the screen.

The cast includes Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, and Lisa Kudrow.

Rogen’s less than toned physique reminds you of the before picture in a weight loss advertisement compared to Efron’s chiseled frame. Nevertheless, one of the best scenes is when he and Zack engage in a dance off and Seth surprisingly is able to keep up with his agile counterpart.

Additionally, it is the comedic chemistry between Rose and Rogen along with their funny banter that solidifies their onscreen relationship. They become a real life married couple who struggle to raise a new born and have a sex life. For example, although Kelly and Mac plan intimate romantic encounters, they ultimately pass out from sleep deprivation.

Make no mistake; the film is dedicated to an all -out war between the neighbors. Yet, it also has the ability to remind the audience of the foolish antics of youth. As a result, it will strike a chord in both young and old adults. Yes, it is childish and silly, but that is what gives this movie its charm. It is refreshing to simply laugh at crazy situations without having to think about the underlying meanings.

‘Neighbors’ opens nationwide Friday, May 09. It is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout. It has a runtime of 96 minutes. |