Title – Bad Neighbours (2014)
Director – Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek)
Cast – Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow
Plot – Mac and Kelly Radner’s (Rogen and Byrne) family life is disturbed when they get into a battle of wits and ever increasing pranks with next door neighbors and college fraternity led by Teddy Sanders (Efron) and Pete (Franco).
“Just wanted to say welcome to the hood……and also if you could maybe keep it down?”
Review by Eddie on 9/05/2014
You’ve certainly got to hand it to Sir Seth Rogen and his ever willing and expanding group of cronies who have made quite a successful habit of turning one-note films into entertaining, critically accepted and normally financially successful comedies that play to the low brow and proudly so, and with Bad Neighbours (or Neighbors in various other countries) there is no change to that formula. This is a film that whilst not likely to make it’s way into classic Superbad or This is the End territory is still a highly enjoyable comedy that provides a high frequency of laugh out loud moments.
Playing off from a very bare bones story of a new to parenthood couple verses a bunch of party loving college students, Get Him to the Greek helmer Nicholas Stoller keeps the story moving at a fast pace and cares very little for character development or progression instead focusing on the next gross-out moment (a milking incident springs to mind here) or scene with a shirtless Efron (surely some CGI touch-ups were applied to this mans body?). With such a consistent pace it’s hard to truly care much for these people like we did in say Knocked Up, or again Superbad, but everyone in the film has enough natural charisma to carry the plot, with Rogen again possessing some unique man-child like ability to make us like an immature late 30’s type man and Australia’s very own Rose Byrne again shows us why she has become one of our most successful Hollywood exports. It’s in the form of the college led cast that the film loses some of it’s edge.
Undoubtedly a financial win for the filmmakers, Zac Efron try’s and almost succeeds at being the arrogant and daft leader of the college crew but his Teddy is a pretty unlikeable and uninteresting player opposite other members of the frat and his partner in crime Franco doesn’t do much more that repeat his 21 Jump Street role and therefore is pretty unlikable to. With these two being different versions of arrogant 20 year olds it’s up to supporting players in the frat to take center stage and other bit players in the film to shine, and the film succeeds whenever many of the supports show up, with a large portion of the film’s funniest moments coming from these elements. McLovin himself Mintz-Plasse gets some quite “large” jokes here that work well.
Fast paced, filled with bad taste and low-common-denominator jokes (isn’t that what we audiences like these days?) and with a good cast mix, Bad Neighbours is a film that is never dull and with an equally fast paced and loud soundtrack no one will be accusing the film of having quiet moments which is how comedies should be. With enough lough out loud moments and with another successful lead comedic turn from Rogen, fans of his ever increasing man child repertoire will be in for a treat and all haters of his previous work should stay as far away from this as possible. Bad Neighbours is forgettable comedy at it’s finest and most meaningless, and there is something quite entertaining about that.
3 and a half stolen air bags out of 5