There’s no way to avoid the obvious – this movie is hilarious. Truthfully, I don’t ask much from my comedies, and Neighbors delivered. The thing just spouted off one joke after another, one visual gag after another, and it kept me laughing throughout.
If you’re not familiar with the plot, a couple sink every penny they have into a new home in a nice, quiet neighborhood in order to give their baby daughter a proper upbringing. Yeah, the parents have a wild side, and the “grown up” lifestyle is difficult for them, but it isn’t until a frat inexplicably buys the home next to them that they realize just how “old” they really are. After initially trying to win over the frat guys, they call the cops when the noise doesn’t stop, and from that moment on, it’s war.
Sure, it’s Seth Rogen basically playing the same guy he always plays, but that guy is typically pretty funny. Rose Byrne absolutely holds her own in the film and is even more funny than Rogen much of the time. The two guys who really surprised me, though, were Zac Efron and Dave Franco. They play the frat’s president and vice-president, and they were ridiculously funny.
This is not high-brow stuff, but who cares? I love to laugh, and this one had me laughing nonstop. Make sure the kids are in bed, though. You probably know this if you’re familiar with Rogen’s work, but there is major profanity throughout, lots of drug use and references, and plenty of explicit material.
But man, it’s funny.