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With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating -- and filmgoers' laughs.
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Byrne walks away with the film by making Kelly a well-rounded, conflicted person, rather than the film's fun cop who has to tell everyone the boring truth.
The young married couple does something cruel, and then the idiot frat guys next door respond, and back and forth it goes. I laughed, but not uproariously and not often enough.
It's Apatow without the Apatow, all ornaments and no tree.
As as tensions escalate, Teddy and Peter's partnership proves just as central and perhaps more vulnerable than Mac and Kelly's. Score one for growing up.
Rogen's always a dominating presence, but [Byrne], who showed her comic chops in Bridesmaids, comes close to stealing the movie here, in an uncorked performance full of volatile, liberating mischief.
One of the great surprises of Neighbors is both the gentle way with which it handles a nimrod party animal like Teddy and how good Efron is at playing him.
It's crass, crude and unapologetically vulgar. It's also pretty funny.
For mindless entertainment, I'd like to say it's competent enough but I can't do so. You can do a whole lot better.
The movie is stupid. That's all, no more no less. I wanted to walk out a handful of times, but stayed hoping against hope that there would be some redeeming plot twist
It's effort like this that makes Bad Neighbours that much more entertaining and not just a lazy hodgepodge of sex and stoner gags.
The Seth Rogen brand of comedy remains reliably familiar, with the usual mix of winning "gross out" jokes and pop-culture references still providing far more laughs than groans.
With engaging performances, foul debauchery masked in good taste and some hilariously evil setups; Neighbors will be playing at Delta Tau Chi for years to come.
A harmless Apatowian comedy that works well in its first half yet fails precisely when it tries to offer a deeper, artificial meaning to its story - which is reflected in how Dave Franco suddenly turns into a smart frat boy as soon as he is required by the plot to be the voice of reason.
Say what you will about Seth Rogen lead comedies, but of all the comedies coming out today, his are among the best. When the first trailer for the film "Neighbors" dropped, many people shrugged it off as a movie that would be a fine watch with a bunch of friends. While the film is exactly that, it is much better than fine. In this very surprising film, director Nicholas Stoller (of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek" fame) creates a fued between neighbors unlike anything I have seen in a while.
Following a fraternity moving in next to Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne), a recently married couple who is taking care of their first baby, this plot could have either been a full on drama of a family trying to deal with that, or a full on comedy, which this film delivers on in spades. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen play off each other amazingly well and I bought every one of their motives throughout the film. While Mac and Kelly try to act cool to earn respect, they come up with plans to ruin the fraternity, while the fraternity is reciprocating exactly that. It is comedies like this that really work with great writers at the helm.
What is odd is that the two writers had never really done anything huge as far as screenplays go, but producing great comedies like "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Talladega Nights," or "Funny People" is obviously what got their foot in the door for this. "Neighbors" is very cleverly written in how it's scenarios play out, how smart these characters become, while still finding the time to slow down, develop characters, and also have insanely bat-shit crazy party sequences.
"Neighbors is an absolute blast of a film. There really is not much else to say about this film. It is a very straight forward fued comedy with more heart than you would come to expect from a film like this, more character development than what is needed, and a cast that adds to all of those elements. Well-directed, hilarious in almost every scene, and far better than anyone could have predicted it to be, "Neighbors" hits on all cylinders. The one flaw I find when watching this film is that it relies a little too much on dick jokes when it can't find anything clever to do. That could have been improve for all I know, but nevertheless, that is my biggest complaint. "Neighbors" is fun from beginning to end. It's nothing spectacular, but for the type of story it is presenting, what more could you want?
I keep hearing this is a good movie, but I think I am just too old for this party crap. I suspect the good reviews from women my age are for all the topless scenes of Zac Efron, because it sure isn't for the great storyline. Don't think I laughed once.
Vaguely amusing that quickly fades as the story drags.
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