Neighbors (2014)





Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Craig Roberts, Jerrod Carmichael, Lisa Kudrow, Hannibal Buress, Halston Sage, Ali Cobrin, Jason Mantzoukas, Brian Huskey, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck, Keith Cashin, Jake Johnson


Forced to live next to a fraternity house lead by Teddy (Zac Efron), Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne), a couple with a newborn baby, do whatever they can to take them down. 


I was in the mood for a comedy, and I was sure a film starring Seth Rogen wouldn't disappoint me. I couldn't be more wrong.

Besides the funny moments seen in the trailer - not even that funny in the film itself, and the only laughable moments in the whole film -, Neighbors is a truly tedious - neither worse nor better - version of American Pie, whose sexual humour is a hundred percent unfunny. Of course, if you think a man trying to milk his wife or a frat boy winning over a fight using his erection are funny, you will definetly enjoy the film and laugh the whole time. 

Back to reality, the script is so unbelievably stupid and full of cliques that makes you cringe. For the most part, the dialogue doesn't go beyond the words fu*k, sh*t, and d*ck. The characters are awful, starting from the old couple, for which is hard to feel any empathy, to the frat boys, which don't look bonded to each other. Seth Rogen's character seems way too obsessed with Zac Efron's body, and it would have been fine if it wasn't for the fact that he is neither a gay nor a woman. 

The performances are just awful. Seth Rogen, usually a very likable guy, in here is annoying from the beginning, and, along with Rose Byrne, does an awful job. Also, the chemistry between Rogen and Byrne is not much believable. Zac Efron, quite talented and handsome, is not that bad, but there is still nothing he can do with the horrible film and awful direction.

1 comment :

  1. Wow. We're complete opposites on this one. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy it quite a bit and thought Rose Byrne was outstanding. Sorry it didn't work for you.