Neighbors (2014)

Neighbors (2014)
  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron


Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek).


  • (Rating: 3/ 5) Certainly “Neighbors” is no better than the bizarre adaptation of “The Green Hornet”, but at least is much less sacrilegious. It’s almost another vice begotten Seth Rogen, where almost all defects of this “artist ” is made, ie another comedy with drugs and sex, only this time Rogen is surprisingly in the background. Although appearing as the main protagonist in the film maintains the feeling of being a secondary. Neither he directs nor the script writes, but drugs, fluids and daring parties are, what are the trade mark of this man

    Oh, okay: this film is not good, A generous rating? To begin with there seems to be something that the writers do not understand, is that humans should behave like humans (after all, is what they are). It is true that not all are equal, but can qualify according to a pattern. Here is a woman who is also mother, there is a group of teenage partying and tend to be risqué about sexuality, and there is an office worker who is Seth Rogen. While one can ignore the fact that an office worker makes nonsense because is the role played by the comedian, on the other hand the rest of the characters are simply abominable, at least at first. Rose Byrne never behaves like a mother or even as a female, but repeated tics and is as turbulent as Rogen, she is absolutely interchangeable with the main protagonist. Side of the gang made ​​up Zac Efron, have parties and are bold as you expected of a “T.G.I.F” university, but there are a handful of attitudes that exceed the nature of any “normal” human being. And no one is against a person do what he want in his own home, but to see a whole group of teenagers playing live and direct with dildos in their genitals is not what one would normally or all days; and already one can see that the characters are disgusting, simply because they are artificial and lack of naturalness. Is not bad to laugh at the exaggeration and sex, but still comedies should be fairly probable and not overdo the fantasy

    To be honest, “Neighbors” has its funny moments, but in most cases is quite uneven. There are nice moments and some dull moments. It is the previously mentioned problem, with the aggravating circumstance that the characters repeat the same joke to irritate. To give an example, at one point Byrne asks screaming at her partner (Rogen) to milks her boobs (bad word is that word?) because they are huge, and part of what milked jumping on the face of the protagonist. It is not just an aberration scene, but then Rogen repeats to infinity possible variants of the joke

    Maybe if you dig deeper, the problem of “Neighbors” are not specific jokes, but all previous and subsequent work. Before running a joke, the characters discuss and talk stupid or rude things. When Rogen and Rose Byrne modestly try to tell to their newcomers neighbors for make no noise, no doubt it’s funny how they try to tell them in a low-key way, but the previous work which discussed ways to tell them is almost overwhelming. All conversations are recharged with laps, are twisted and never reach the point fast but fulled of bad jokes. Things improve when there is a more appropriate context for the heavy work, eg the parties. These parties are composed of dizzying camera movements, a range of colors on the screen, fluorescence, constant references to drugs, relentless and claustrophobic Hip- Hop rhythms, various inserts, etc. It is not new, but we have seen in previous films, but probably the trend continues thanks to the success of “Spring Breakers”. Significantly, these are moments of celebration is where the characters talk less and do more specific jokes

    “Neighbors” is unquestionably irregular, overly-elaborated ​to bored. However, it is much more coherent and unified than other comedies this year (say, “Delivery Man”). The argument is small and never tries to be more momentous than its nature, and although many jokes not work continue to respond to the same limited themed of the film. This makes it coherent, but overall is a lukewarm comedy that is not as contemporary or modern as you can think of someone as ruthless as Seth Rogen, but at least not completely awful

  • I’m not a Seth Rogen fan. The only movie I’ve seen featuring him was “This is the end”, and I thought it was boring and unfunny. Moreover, a movie featuring Seth Rogen will most likely prompt me to ignore its existence, instead of making me want to see it (is it because of his face?) – and that’s exactly what happened with Bad Neighbours. But, you got to do what you got to do, so I just went in the theater with the lowest possible expectations, and came out pleasantly surprised. I love it when a movie does that. Still, Bad Neighbours isn’t great and has flaws I’ll be sure to point out soon.

    Bad Neighbours is about a couple, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne), who have just moved into their new house with their little daughter. They don’t want to feel and be seen by friends as old, but at the same time they realise their life has been irreversibly changed by their baby. So when a fraternity, led by Teddy (Zac Efron), moves in the neighbouring house, the couple act friendly and participate to a party, hoping to get the fraternity to keep quiet in the future. When this doesn’t happen, the couple and the fraternity declare “war” to each other.

    One of the best qualities of this movie is that it succeeds, more or less, in being a comedy. In this modern world, plagued by Adam Sandler and similar untalented money-making people, comedies are definitely becoming a genre more intelligent people avoid. In Bad Neighbours, however, even some primitive or infantile jokes are able to make most people laugh. Another commendable feature of the movie is its cast: all of the main actors are very good – Rose Byrne really stands out, even compared to Rogen – and those in smaller roles, while not being important (almost) at all, are fine.

    Now for the negative characteristics. While some jokes work, others are so extreme they just make you uncomfortable, and many scenes make you feel what Germans call “fremdschämen” – the embarrassment felt on behalf of someone else. Because of all of this, the movie is often difficult to watch. Also, if you catch yourself trying to uncover the reason or the logic behind some (many) of the actions – like for example, why aren’t the other neighbours ever complaining about the noise? – you’ll find there is none. This is a frustrating trademark of bad movies that will probably hit you once you exit the theater. But, ultimately, if you’re looking for a couple of good laughs in a not very smart comedy, Bad Neighbours is a good choice.

    Rating: 7/10

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  • Movies fail for many reasons, and I can generally forgive most of them. What I can’t forgive is when a studio the size of Universal throws 18 million at an staggeringly inept, mostly empty trashcan like “Neighbors.” The film makers in this case are well aware of the dreck they’re producing. They simply don’t care. No one older than a four year old (or someone profoundly retarded) would mistake this swill for humor.

    I didn’t expect much, of course. Who would? But I at least thought there would be a coherent storyline or plot structure. Not that it’s needed if you have a bunch of ace improvers. But Rogan has never been in that league. He can be amusing on occasion but he tends to rise or fall with the quality of the film, director, and other actors he’s sharing screen time with. Many times he’s just the weakest link. There are points in “Neighbors” when the flat chemistry between Rogan and Byrne threatens to deafen you even more than the soundtrack (which is actually quite good). Neither seems to know what to say next but, really, what *does* one say after you’re forced to spray breast milk into the face of your co-thespian? The desperation here is excruciatingly palpable.

    Overall, this was a bad movie! Save your money watch the trailer which also contains scenes that were not in the movie, kinda like a bait and switch.

  • A couple with a newborn baby are introduced to their new neighbours, a fraternity house. A simple concept with a lot of possibilities, but there can be an issue with these kind of films going overboard and going from funny to stupid. We do get a glimpse of that in the trailer with the airbags, but until you go see the film you can never know for certain.

    Just like a Jason Statham film, you know what to expect from a Seth Rogen film, you get a lot of the same, drugs, drinking, craziness and so on. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s not always a good either. Lately his films have been below par, This Is The End, wasn’t as good as reviews made it out to be and The Guilt Trip was just plain awful. While Bad Neighbours has it’s differences (I’m use to him playing a waster who ends up growing up, or realising his mistakes) he is still that immature character who doesn’t really know how to grow up. It leads to a lot of funny moments, but it’s not like we’ve never seen it before.

    Zac Efron on the other hand, really shines in Bad Neighbours, he is a long way from High School Musical and is really making a name for himself. While That Awkward Moment was a terrible film, Efron still stood out above the rest. He’s got a natural gift to be funny and not only that, but he can be…
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  • Neighbors 5.5/10- One of the reasons that myself and most of the general public thought that This is the End was so funny was because the guys making it knew how stupid it was and they were able to achieve great success because they played off that factor. Neighbors, on the other hand, does try to be serious at times and I think that if they just continued to just do non-sense the whole way through, like This is the End, they would have gone to the next level of comedy. Neighbors achieves at being a solid R-rated comedy with the perfectly casted actors and a nice handful of jokes, but does still disappoint in its effort to really stand out from all of the other R-rated comedies that have come out over the past couple years.

    Now, I am not saying this movie does not have its fair share of those dumbass moments because after all its premise is a street war between a well-to-do couple and a wild, hard partying fraternity. Moments where a baby is playing with a condom or whose the real batman talk were really some of the golden moments in this film simply because they were just so stupid that they were funny. More writing like those would have made Neighbors twice as good as This is the End.

    One thing that I really applaud this movie for the most is getting a perfect cast. Seth Rogen ,playing the out of touch, thirty-something father that is desperately tries to keep some excitement in his life, paired up with Rose Byrne ,who surprisingly had the best performance in this film, were both comedic gold together.

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  • As of this moment, I have now seen three films by British born director, Nicholas Stoller. His Forgetting Sarah Marshall strained for laughs while his 2010 effort Get Him to the Greek, was hampered by the annoyance of one Russell Brand. Now with his current release entitled Neighbors (no relation to the 1981 John Belushi flick), he finally breaks through by unleashing an uproariously funny, overly crude, yet very well plotted frat comedy. Now granted, it does have a weak, feel good ending and a slow, almost guffaw-free beginning. All things considered though, I’d say that the laugh ratio throughout this vehicle’s 90 plus minutes is pretty darn high. And if you’re wondering whether or not I left the theater with a big fat smile on my face, well the answer is a profoundly stark yes!

    Featuring a two part cameo by Friends alum Lisa Kudrow (where the heck has she been) and a scene in which a bunch of males make clay molds out of their genitalia (to raise money of course, how insightful), Neighbors follows the conflict between a married couple named the Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner) and chiseled up, professional college student Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron). You see, the married couple are full fledged adults. They have a kid, jobs, and a need for sleep. As for Sanders, well he’s the president of a fraternity. He likes to throw loud, revolutionary frat parties and you guessed it, he’s their next door neighbor. After a friendly meeting and a reasonable exchange of words, it all goes downhill when these two parties become constantly at odds with one another. Things get personal as they begin to pull pranks on each other (rather violent ones too), destroy each other’s moral and eventually try to get one or the another kicked out of their respective domains. Something of note: mysteriously, it seems that only one house (the Radner house) is affected by the relentless noise and the late night rock n’ roll lifestyle exhibited by these frat dudes. That notion is kinda put to rest when a scene occurs in which the frat regulars and pledges reluctantly pay off other neighbors so that no one will complain in the future. The movie never really tells you what the other neighbors are being paid off with. I mean, the fraternity in question doesn’t have much money anyway so it doesn’t make much sense. Right?

    Anyway, the casting consisting of actors/actresses who seem older than the parts they are playing, is pretty good but it’s also sort of hit or miss. Seth Rogen is the ideal guy to be in a movie directed by Nicholas Stoller. He pretty much plays himself by once again doing the whole befuddled stoner bit (except now he plays a father with I guess, a five month old). Also, Rogen likes to improvise a lot and as evident by Stoller’s previous work, improvisation is an absolute given. Then there is Rose Byrne and she is for the most part, appealing as Rogen’s character’s stay-at-home wife. We also get James Franco’s little brother (Dave Franco) playing Pete Regazolli (the vice president of the fraternity, Delta Psi). His friendship with Efron’s Sanders and their dialogue exchanges are a downright hoot (there’s a scene where they elaborate on the adage of brotherhood coming before female companionship and it had me rolling in the aisle). They represent the best quote unquote, “bromance” that has ever been captured on film. Oh and did I mention Efron? Well he’s just perfect playing the antagonist who has a zero GPA (it’s mentioned halfway into Neighbors that he never goes to class) and doesn’t want to venture into the real world after college is over. Zac appeared earlier this year in the clichéd flick entitled That Awkward Moment. He bounces back here with a role that shows that he really can indeed act.

    Now Neighbors, with its sometimes shocking bits of mild violence and amusing, well developed supporting characters (especially Franco as Efron’s fraternity ally and Rogen’s divorced friend played by Ike Barinholtz), could very well be the comedy of the year. Its only missteps involve the behavior of the parents by which the story is built around. First off, I didn’t believe for a second, that Rose Byrne’s Kelly Radner would ever marry or have a life (let alone a kid) with a dope like Seth Rogen’s Mac. In the movie, we all find out that she is obviously from Australia so I’m thinking that when she came to the U.S., she settled for the first guy who hit on her (that’s the only rational explanation I can think of). Also, I couldn’t get over the fact that during a bunch of scenes where they go over to the Delta Psi house, this negligent couple ends up staying there for long periods of time (to get revenge of course). My question is what about their infant child who’s all alone next door (you can’t hear a baby monitor too well at a place where there’s a lot of debauchery and loud noises)? Oh and what’s up with Rogen’s Mac going to an initial frat get together (to meet his new neighbors) only to end up in a situation where he eats shrooms and smokes large amounts of weed? Really? If the filmmakers are trying to depict him as a lousy parent, they’re doing a heck of a good job.

    Regardless, Neighbors succeeds by making the viewer laugh without being too outlandish, too gross, and ultimately too offensive. It’s the perfect blend of R rated comedy (despite what you might have heard from other moviegoers) and fleshed out humiliation. And dare I say that I plan on seeing it again. I mean, who wouldn’t want to borrow sugar from these “neighbors” just one more time.

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