(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Neighbors is a cleverly written comedy with some crazy hilarious moments, some scenes maybe obscene especially with a baby around, but everything had a point to make it a rare comedy with a good story. Rating 4 out of 5 Stars.
Every time there is a comedy that stars Seth Rogan, I’m all in. Reason is that he is the right now when it comes to comedies. Eddie Murphy had his time in the 80’s, so did Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey in the 90’s, Will Ferrell in the 00’s, and now its Seth Rogan. He has made some classics like the surprisingly funny Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, and This is the End, and he has made some horrible ones like Observe and Report. As of right now I’m enjoying him until his time of comedy lasts, and with Neighbors, he is not leaving anytime soon. I will start with what I like, to what I didn’t like.
What I liked, there were moments that were just flat out hilarious, the air bag prank was still funny (even though they showed it in the commercials), the dance off between Zac Efron’s character, Teddy, and Rogan’s character, Mac, but most of all I really enjoyed the final fight between Teddy and Mac. A fight so hilariously random that involved dildos, unopened beer cans, and a trampoline, that will definitely remembered. Acting was really great, I thought Rose Byrne playing Mac’s wife, Kelly, acted well with Rogan and made a good team (once you get through her Australian accent). Probably one of the better roles for Zac Efron even though he played a douche frat boy, but you can’t say he didn’t nail the role and I give props for that. Seth Rogan, as usual, had some hilarious lines and he does best in all the randomness he had to do. Dave Franco playing Pete as the calmer and mature brother really plays well with the crazy character of Teddy that bodes well for the movie (even though Dave Franco sounds like he is still going through puberty with his croaky voice). Ike Barinholtz playing Mac’s dumb friend, Jimmy, had its hilarious moments. The fraternity bros all had their roles, including the pledges to really show how a frat works (even though they are stereotyped as always partying). I also thought adding Lisa Kudrow as the school’s dean added a great touch. Most of all I really enjoyed the Mac and Kelly’s baby, she is definitely a cute baby and who wouldn’t lover her smile in all her scenes. I liked how they showed the FaceTime screens when a call comes in, something new for movies to try now. Most of all, I really enjoyed the story of this movie, which I believe it is the best for a comedy since The Hangover. Once you think there’s a loophole, they close it later on. Everything had a purpose no matter how obscene it is. Some clever writers for a decent director in Nicholas Stoller. What I liked most in the story is the feeling of being too grown up to party (which I feel now), and the feeling of anxiety of leaving college to become a mature adult (what I use to feel). The Fraternity definitely had their crazy parties, and it was definitely unique to have the whole house filled with marijuana smoke. That deserved to be on their wall.
What I didn’t like, one thing is for sure how some of these obscene scenes were in front of a baby. From all their foul language to the breast milk squirting scene, no need for the baby to be present when that happens. (I guess I really am an adult now.) Hannibal Buress character as the cop started off decent, but really fell off in the end. That whole making a frat brother play Garfield the cat really killed the moment in the final battle. I would blame the writers cuz Buress is a funny comedian. One thing about the story is that there has to be more neighbors in the neighborhood to find the frat’s partying annoying as well, and they could call the police. It just makes sense that way, and I find it surprising that the baby sleeps through the whole partying with the loud bass and fireworks. I guess she sleeps like a bear. Also there is too much Seth Rogan shirtless and naked. We definitely don’t want to see that.
Overall, I thought this movie was a good comedy watch with a unique storyline. Better than The Hangover, definitely not, but it still shows that Seth Rogan still has that comedic prowess to make movies funny. Here’s to more hilarious moments for our memories. Final Rating 4 out of 5 Stars.