Director: Nicholas Stoller
Runtime: 96 minutes
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Description: Kelly and Mac (Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen) are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until a fraternity moves into the house next door.
Review: When new parents Mac and Kelly see a fraternity move in next door, they want to be cool about it. Their own college days aren’t that long gone, but they want to send the boys the message to keep it down a bit. Teddy, president of the fraternity, and his right hand Pete, get along with the couple at first. When they call the police to complain about the loud music, the neighbors go to war.
Seth Rogen plays the comical good guy, a role perfect for this teddy bear. His very good observations of Teddy’s insanely muscular arms, parenthood and sex are hitting every note. Rose Byrne, fairly new to this genre, can easily keep up with Rogen and they work well together on the screen. She was really funny. Zac Efron got rid of his Disney image and was really giving his all. He was surprisingly good and also had a sense of comedic timing.
There is a pleasant mix of verbal and physical humor. Sometimes it’s a bit juvenile, but the humor never goes to far. They know exactly when to stop and move on. The second half of the film was a bit more successful then the first, but in general highly enjoyable and a good laugh. Especially a fight scene between Zac Efron and Seth Rogen and some airbag incidents.
“Neighbors” is definitely a good comedy, simply because I had tears of laughter. Nowadays that’s very rare for comedies.
Rating: 4/ 5