I did not expect at all to love Neighbors this much. There weren’t any funny scenes in the movie in fact the entire movie was hilarious. The cast is incredible. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Dave Franco bring their comedic A-game, delivering scene after scene of eye-watering gags and endless laughter. However, the biggest surprise was Zac Efron. Efron was able to solidify himself not as a good but as a great comedic actor.
The story of Neighbors starts with a former party-animal couple that has now settled down in their home with their new baby and has embraced a life where they don’t have fun anymore and where they miss out on parties with their friends. But their lives don’t remain calm at all when a College Fraternity moves in to the adjoining house. The frat boys are led by Best friends Teddy (Efron) and Pete (Franco) and start out on a good tone with the couple but soon end up taking part in a war against each other. From here the funniest moments I have ever seen take place.
What was fresh in this movie is that the gags are not classics and not at all predictable. For example, Mac and Kelly destroy their neighbors’ plumbing system since they won’t have the money to fix it, the boys come up with the idea of selling dildos in the shape of their own penises. Another funny fresh moment was when the boys stole the airbags from Mac’s car and planted them in Mac’s work and house. The victims unknowingly sat on the airbags and were suddenly thrown across the room.
Another thing that could be said about this movie is that it appealing to all people across all group ages. People going through high school and College will like the partying side of the movie, the gags, the marijuana references, while other more mature audiences will like the attempts of revenge and sabotage between the neighbors. If we were to discuss this movie in a real-life situation it would be curious that Mac and Kelly are the only neighbors that are bothered by the loud parties. Even though the boys bribed the rest of the neighborhood, those were some crazy parties… but hey that’s Hollywood.
In the end, I would like to point out the incredible chemistry between the cast. Rogen and Byrne make an incredible and hilarious couple together and the relationships between Rogen and Efron as well as Efron and Franco are very believable and relatable to the audience as genuine friendships.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco
Verdict: Worth The Popcorn