Neighbors – Review
Zac Efron? Come on man! Who would want to see a film starring him? These were my thoughts when I first laid eyes on the trailer for Neighbors. After reading several positive reviews for the film, I was persuaded to give Neighbors a GO and I’m sure glad I did. After all, I’ve seen plenty of Seth Rogen films to know I would get a good laugh, so at a bare minimum I was confident I would get my moneys worth. Let me tell you, this film did not disappoint.
Neighbors will probably be one of this years “Best Comedies” and certainly the best so far in 2014. The story evolves around neighbors; Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) new parent, husband and average-joe and Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), a senior in college and president of his frat looking to make his mark among the presidents before him. Rogen and Efron are surrounded by familiar faces in comedy films with the support from; Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse to name a few.
Mac and his wife Kelly (Byrne) were convinced their neighborhood was a quiet and perfect setting to raise their newborn baby girl (amazingly cute). That was until Teddy and his party going frat boys moved into the vacant residence next-door. When Teddy moves in, Mac and Kelly work a plan to show the young men they are still hip for their age to stay on good terms. Of course, reality sets in on the newly parents who just can’t keep up with the young life-style they once enjoyed. This is where the tides turn and a great and entertaining feud starts between Mac and Teddy.
I felt the target audience for this film was well-rounded. It can be offensive to some and not suitable for children. As a parent myself, I could relate to several scenes Mac and Kelly were experiencing which made things much funnier. On the other hand, I too was once a teenager and can relate to the party going style the frat boys wanted. Neighbors was fantastic! Laughter filled the theater and I was rolling in my seat most of the time. One thing you can be sure to see in a comedy is terrible one-liners. Neighbors had a few, but they never seemed to come from the main cast and weren’t over the top. Rogen once again steals the spotlight, but his co-star wife Byrne had some great moments. Efron and Franco had decent on screen chemistry, which matched up well to display the college life we all kind of wished once we had. Director Nicholas Stoller does a great job delivering superb film, which will likely go down as one of his best next to Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Neighbors reminded me of watching some awesome comedies in the past such as; Knocked Up and Superbad. It is these types of films you stop and watch no matter where it is at as you are channel surfing at home. Neighbors definitely ranks among them and will go down as a favorite of mine in recent time with a DVD/Blu-Ray purchase. If you are in need of a good laugh, do yourself a favor and go see this film.
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