Summer movie season is officially in business. Last week, a blockbuster superhero has made a big debut. It’s only a few weeks before Memorial Day and then having to choose a movie will become more difficult with multiple entries bowing each week. This week, the season got its first comedy. Aiming to appeal to the same audiences that flocked to “This is the End” and “The Hangover” trilogy, “Neighbors” hopes to turn comedy into box office success.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play Mac and Kelly, a quiet couple raising their little girl. Next door, the For Sale appears and shortly after they find a fraternity moving in. Worried about the neighborhood and the likely disturbed sleeping to follow the new arrival, Mac and Kelly attempt to win over the fraternity president (Zac Efron) and his associates. When a noise complaint transforms into an escalation between the small family and the permanent nightlife, the two become pitted against other. What follows are Mac and Kelly’s attempts to shut down the party and the pranks they find themselves a butt of.
The story of “Neighbors” is quite simple, two different factions attempt to snuff each other out rather than co-exist. The strength of the film is its brave sense of humor. The story is peppered with pop culture references, gross out gags, and small cameos that really connect with the audience.
Those how seemed interested by the trailer are sure to enjoy the film. Rogen and Efron create a rivalry where choosing a side fails to be cut and dry. Stealing the show is once again Rose Byrne, who is quickly becoming a formidable force in the film. This is type of comedy that gets revisited constantly. Repeat viewing is what makes a comedy go from fun to memorable. Plan on hearing a lot about “Neighbors” as the summer goes on. The comedy bar for the season has been set. 3 out of 5 stars.
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