I’ve told you guys before, i’m not really into comedies. I’m always the guy sitting in the theatre not laughing because i missed the joke. Or the joke just wasnt funny. The joke usually isnt funny. The jokes are never funny.
But Neighbors made me laugh. Just a little.
The movie follows a couple who has just had their 1st baby and are trying to adjust to the new life of parent hood. Sleepless nights, no social life, little to no sex, and of course…breast feeding. Seth Rogen is his normal funny chubby guy self, and is wife played by Rose Byrne, is just kind of….there. So when a Fraternity moves next door they are excited initially. Heart throb Zac Efron is the President, and Dave Franco is his wing man. The neighbors strike up what looks to be a promising friendship in the beginning, untill the college parties start. Then of course, war breaks loose between the two households.
The movie really does have its comical moments. We get some great cameos from the always incredibly hilarious Lisa Kudrow, who is the Dean of Students. The few times she appears are gems. Her sarcasm never fails.
Zac Efron on the other hand really doesnt serve as much more then eye candy. He spends most of the movie displayinig his chisled abs and pretty much perfectly sculpted body. I mean at the end of the movie he does become an Ambercrombie and Fitch model (spoiler alert). So even though he won’t make you laugh, he might motivate you to hop of a treadmill. And run. Forever. James Franco’s little brother, Dave, isn’t all the funny either. He, like Zac, has his small moments where you want to laugh, but the acting is so akward it kind of makes the scenes akward instead of funny. Maybe akward is meant to funny. Maybe it’s not. See why I don’t see comedies? At least i could tell what parts are supposed to be funny in this film though. And that says alot.
What is comical about the movie is watching the legnths the two rivals go through to make each other completely miserable. From exploding air bags to pitting the Frat brothers against each other…those hilarious missions make the movie worth watching. The acting isn’t strong (but are they ever strong in comedies?) but the movie serves its purpose. If you like crude sexual humor, the movie will be right up you ally as well. It for surely earns its Rated R stamp. Oh yeah, the party scenes are epic. You feel like you’re right there with them, surrounded by the sex, drugs, and mayham. Ever seen Project X? Yeah, its right up that ally. Almost makes you want to crash a college party. Untill you realize you’r an adult and probably wouldnt make it to work the next day. Or the day after. But thatys why its a movie. And its definitely worth seeing. If you’re into comedies.