Bad Neighbours Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen and Comedy movie fans
Bad Neighbours Synopsis
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors (Bad Neighbours), 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. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening.
When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blamed Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity end ups on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond.
Bad Neighbours Viewer Rating: 4.5/5 ****
Bad Neighbours Movie Review:
This is probably the best comedy of the year. And yes, Zac Efron, the girls drool, the guys envy. Oh and Dave Franco, I mistook him for his brother James Franco (I was telling my friend the guy in Bad Neighbours was the Harry Osborne in the Spiderman trilogy) and then started wondering why is he shorter than Zac Efron (Oops!). If you’ve watched the trailer, you will know why is the film hilarious, and guess what, those are NOT the only funny parts. I’m so glad that there were more than that (hint: the airbags; and you will know what I mean when you watch it.)
Yea, I know you’ll think I’m biased for rating the movie so high because there’s Zac Efron, which is true because I watched the movie BECAUSE of Zac Efron, but I did not come up with the rating. This rating was given by my MALE friend (and I seconded it), so I’m not rating it high because I’m a Zefron!
Zac Efron and Dave Franco
I paused for a moment to ponder on what I got to write for the duo. Heading the fraternity, Teddy (Zac Efron) and his deputy, Pete (Dave Franco) party for a living. Teddy somehow reminded me of Leonardo DiCaprio’s in Wolf of Wallstreet, albeit a younger, milder version, with a body much hotter! Whereas Pete’s the brain who stayed for brotherhood and besides the butt-showing scene, it was difficult for Dave Franco to perform much beside a charming Zac Efron. No worries, he’s still charismatic in his own ways. The rest of the guys don’t make much of an impression, ok fine, with exception of Christopher Mintz-Plasse (from Kick-Ass) as a minor sidekick, Jerrod Carmichael for his accidental waxing and Craig Roberts for his “honesty” which are enough to make me return to the cinemas again.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne
Seriously, if I’m to have a family next time, I hope my relationship with my husband will be like Mac and Kelly’s. This pair of dream couple ain’t perfect, but they are good together. They are new parents, still worried about the huge (baby) change in their life, and they still want to party now and then. Rather than the typical wife-who-says-no, Kelly is more of a go-getter, supportive of her spouse revenge schemes (some of them are hers in fact) which made the whole movie even more fun!
Family VS Frat
Neighbors (or Bad Neighbours) is a fairly simple plot without much depth to it, but I like how the film is honest, and sometimes, so ridiculous that you really hope this will happen in real life (perhaps not the dildo fight though). It reminded me of my college times, even though there weren’t any fraternities to make life so interesting, but the crazy things I did with my friends, with the freshmen, the fear of losing all the stuff I was enjoying once I graduate… all these were just shown in such a refreshing way that somehow, it was reflective. I don’t often hear the cinema filled with laughter for three quarter of the time, and being a skeptical person, this is one of the rare times where I had a nice laugh. With the entertaining finale (of Zac Efron and Seth Rogen), I don’t mind watching the movie again and again. Oh, and the baby is cute too!
P.S. Trust me, although I love Zac Efron (and his pecs), it’s not all his films that I want to watch again. This is one of the rare ones (besides HSM)
Do You Know?
Was originally titled Townies, but was changed to Neighbors.
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