“A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house..”
And by unexpected difficulties they mean a literal family versus fraternity turf war. Seth Rogen and Zac Efron go from bros to bitter enemies in mere minutes, leaving us with most of the movie for tit for tat battles and hilarity to ensue. To get it out of the way, yes this movie is funny, and I mean really funny. Even those who may consider the humor on hand to be “low brow”, funny is funny. The thing that really makes this movie what it is, is a very solid supporting cast that always hit their mark and keep the jokes constantly coming. One of the more, maybe surprising things here is the cheer quality of Rose Byrne. Most comedies that aren’t bridesmaids or something of the like relegate supporting female characters to just some added sex appeal and the occasional joke. Not in this movie. As her character of the wife and mother she really plays a secondary lead role here. It’s very refreshing that they allow her to have her Australian accent here, and that she could laugh at herself enough to do some of the scenes she had (let’s just say “you have to milk me”). On the other side, Dave Franco and the rest of the supporting fraternity cast are stop on for the most part never detract from any scene that they are in. Now this isn’t a perfect movie by any means, but it does what it does very well, and does well to avoid what it doesn’t do well. Some of the jokes can suffer from some over played subject matter, and there definitely is a very solid edge of vulgarity on display here. The overall biggest surprise here, for me at least, is just how well Rogen and Efron play off of each other. So in the end, Neighbors makes us laugh silly, but isn’t full entirely of those kind of jokes you and your buddies are going to be re-telling for years to come.
Review Score : 8 out of 10