From the guys who brought you last summer’s R-rated comedy knockout, This Is The End, comes this generation’s newest Animal House. Seth Rogen returns to the comedy stand as Mac Radner, a loving father and stoner. Mac and his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) just became parents with their newborn daughter Stella. Now, Mac and Kelly are facing the hardships and restrictions of parenthood and just to complicate the situation a fraternity, Delta Psi Beta, moves in next door. Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and Pete Regazolli (Dave Franco) are the leaders of the fraternity and want to throw a massive end-of-the-year party to get their names up on the Delta Psi’s Hall of Fame.
The film leads into a hilarious frat vs. family with Rogen going head-to-head with Efron. Rogen is funny as usual and Efron actually did a good job as the hotheaded macho man. Rogen and Efron’s chemistry is filmed perfectly throughout and they’ll make you laugh until your insides hurt. Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets) nails the big laughs and pokes fun at the fraternity parties. I did enjoy more of the witty and slapstick humor than the gross-out humor in the film. There were a couple of scenes that could have been left out (the milking scene). Also, I did see a lot more of Rogen than I wanted to but for the most part Neighbors works. Neighbors hits its big laughs with Rogen and Efron’s help and in the end throws one heck of a party.
Neighbors is outrageous, crude, wild and funny. It’s this generation’s newest Animal House. Due to those factors, Neighbors receives three out of five stars. Plus, some great cameos by The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone; Workaholics' Blake Anderson, Anders Holm and Adam DeVine; and New Girl’s Jake Johnson. P.S. Stella is probably one of the cutest babies ever.
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