Movie Review: Bad Neighbors (2014)

Published On May 17, 2014 » 5658 Views» By admin »

Neighbors new posterIt’s a bit formulaic, sometimes gross, but mostly hilarious
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Zac Effron, I forgive you. I forgive you for all of the High School Musical movies and any of the crap you’ve made since then. Please make many, many more movies with Seth Rogan. Neighbors is currently crushing it at the box office, holding the number 1 spot. Here’s why.

In a custom made for fantastic comedy premise, a young couple, Zach and Kelly Radner ( Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne) move in next to a frat house with their newborn baby. Then, following a disagreement, war is declared against the fraternity next door, led by a fantastic Zac Effron as “douche bro” in charge Teddy Sanders.

Some of the humor went too far, but honestly, it’s a frat movie. What can you really expect? But a great premise with an even better cast made this movie fantastic. Is it high brow? Hell no. It’s just funny.

Honestly, I’m impressed with Zac Effron. I really have been nothing but disappointed by his movies, but I think that’s because they have him play the boy next door. In this movie, his is a straight dick, and that is just plain awesome. Effron has a flare for playing the bad boy and should really stick to those roles.

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Byrne has some impressive comic timing, and she isn’t overshadowed despite very funny leading men. With both Bridesmaids and Get Him to the Greek under her belt, she knows how to pick a winner in roles and she knows how to stand out in a great ensemble cast.

Rogan is just Rogan at his finest. The reason this movie jells is because the cast is so well suited to the rolls they play.

While in some college movies go to over the top gross, Neighbors never does it in a way that falls flat. The hijinks aren’t recycled and some of them are just plain laugh out loud funny.

Nicholas Stoller directs and he has another hit. He’s had similar success with other quirky comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five Year Engagement. He just seems to have a gift for comedic timing, knowing when to go cringe worthy, and knowing when to pull back.

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Film Title: Neighbors

Even the smaller actors, like Lisa Kudrow as the flaky Dean, or Dean Franco as Teddy’s sidekick, shine in their roles, and their rolls manage to be surprisingly well developed for bit parts.

The cast is really what makes this movie work. While the jokes generally revolve around dick jokes (like a yard sale filled with home made dildos) they’re delivered in a way that makes them clever.

The movie is tamer than it could have been, but I didn’t mind that. While it is for 18+ audiences, it’s not unwatchable with a partner or even as a date movie if you have a pretty cool date. This is a comedy along the lines of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It’s a bit formulaic, sometimes gross, but mostly hilarious.

Currently performing number 1 at the box office, Neighbors is a surprisingly watchable movie.  Watch the official Red Band trailer below:

 

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