Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are together in the new raunchy comedy, Neighbors is out in a big way this week. A huge opening weekend of about 52 million dollars.
This is no Animal House, but there are some pretty funny moments in this movie. Clearly, this was inspired by the 1970's classic, as a bad boy college fraternity is facing expulsion and cause huge trouble in the neighborhood. But, this goes places that Animal House never could because of the era, or did because of peoples' tolerance. Times have changed.
This is the story of Mac (Rogen), and Kelly (Rose Byrne). They are a young married couple that have a little baby girl. Then a frat moves in next door to them, with Teddy (Efron) as its president. Mac and Kelly are concerned that the frat will make too much noise, and cause general havoc in the quiet area. So they try to befriend the boys by partying with them. And they succeed. Then one night as the boys are out of control, they call the police on them, the worm turns, and now they are not the friends they once were. So the battle of gags is on, to see who will eventually win the battle. That's as deep as this goes.
First off, there are plenty of laughs here. But before we dive in there, there is some funny parody here as well. They do a very good job of lampooning modern young parenting that goes on today. I also thought at times this made funny commentary on millennials in general and their lifestyle. There are some really funny sight gags that are great laughs. Trouble is, they would have been far funnier if we hadn't seen them in the trailers for 6 months beforehand. There is much that will make you laugh in this movie.