Going into this movie I had nothing but poor expectations. Honestly, I was just looking for a way to kill time on a weeknight. However, Neighbors exceeded any preconceived notion I had about this movie, and I found myself gasping for air at not one, but several, points of the film.
Zac Efron has been doing a remarkable job coming into his own as an actor and separating himself from his Disney soundtrack years. In Neighbors he plays a stereotypical frat president with his boyish charm and chiseled physique. His only obstacle to becoming a frat legend is the neighbors next-door, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne.
Rogen and Byrne have an amazing comedic chemistry that flows naturally throughout the film, allowing the viewer to forget the two aren’t actually married. Playing realistic parents struggling between holding on to the excitement of college and moving forward toward adult responsibilities proves no challenge for these experienced actors, who have a casual but witty delivery.
Dave Franco also comes into a great role here, but continues to play the stock hot guy supporting character.
Time for some bad news… some of the best parts of the movie have been shown in trailers for the movie to help it get publicity. It sucks, but they all have to do it. On the other hand, the funniest scenes were some that could not be shown in previews due to a graphic nature of the sexual type.
What saves this movie for me is the plot. The characters are facing real life struggles most viewers can relate to, whether it be an annoying neighbor or a struggle between friends. In a way, this movie is similar to Accepted. It allows the moviegoers to relate to the characters in a situation that is extreme from a normal life experience.
This movie has everything a college party would have: sex, drugs, alcohol, cops, drama, alcohol, hot college kids, crude humor, and alcohol. It may not be the most cinematic movie, and there’s no chance of it winning any type of award, but if ever you need a good laugh, this is the movie you’ll want to watch.
Luckily it is coming to Redbox October 21st.