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Review – Neighbors (2014)

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Nick Stoller’s Neighbors is a laugh-a-minute raunch fest with great characters and a well-paced plot.  And it just so happens that it is credited to the combination of guys who brought us Forgetting Sarah Marshall, This is the End, Superbad and Get Him to the Greek.  At this point, it seems to be pretty simple; you either like their movies, or you don’t.

Neighbors follows new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) Radner, who are enjoying the early stages of parenthood.  When all seems to be going accordingly, the Radner’s find out they are getting new neighbors; a fraternity house.  Led by Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco), the frat soon starts waging a war after the Radner’s call the cops about a noise complaint.  Now it’s up to Mac and Kelly to put an end to the frat, in order to return to their lives as parents.

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As I previously mentioned; I think at this point, like Judd Apatow or Nick Stroller, you either love or hate Seth Rogen.  To me, he’s one of the funniest actors of the past decade, however a lot of people try to avoid his movies.  In Neighbors, Rogen takes on perhaps one of his most natural roles yet; a man dealing with a life that is relatable to other men of his age.  Once again he is laugh-out-loud funny, rarely straying from his typical sense of humor.

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Rogen’s chemistry with his movie wife, played by Rose Byrne, feels completely natural, and makes it that much funnier.  Byrne, with her sexy Australian accent, isn’t afraid to take comedic risks in the movie, and ends up being one of  the best parts of the movie.  Zac Efron, previously of teen drama fame, is finally able to prove he has the R-rated comedy chops (he also did in That Awkward Moment earlier this year), and at times feels similar to Channing Tatum’s character in 21 Jump Street.  The supporting performances from Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jerrod Carmichael simply add to the laugh-fest.

Overall, the constant slapstick, the hilarious cast, references, and the outrageousness, raunchy humor is what drives the movie, and makes it entertaining from start to finish without missing a beat.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Written by Josh Sazin on 5/9/14

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