By Taylor Vermillion | Staff Writer |
The comedic stylings of Seth Rogen combined with the frat-boy mentality of Zac Efron make for the epic summer movie “Neighbors.”
The duo join forces with other A-list celebrities, including Rose Byrne, famous for her role in “Bridesmaids,” and Dave Franco, the younger brother of megastar James Franco.
Several other comedy all-stars make a few surprise cameos as well.
The film centers around Mac Radner (Rogen) and his wife Kelly (Byrne) who play a blissfully happy married couple with a new house and adorable baby girl.
Everything seems perfectly ideal for the couple until they discover that the house next door has been purchased by Delta Psi, a fraternity of rowdy, party-oriented college boys run by pretty boy Teddy Sanders (Efron).
The Radners make an effort to remain cool, calm, and collected while the fraternity settles into their new headquarters.
However, with Delta Psi failing to comply with the noise ordinances, and the Radner’s raising a newborn, tensions begin to rise and they start to develop a rivalry.
In a series of prank antics, the two neighbors become ultimate enemies, and the plot turns into a cat and mouse game of who is going to be forced to move out first.
In one scene, Rogen’s character Mac successfully destroys the main water pipe to the fraternity house, and floods the basement, leaving the frat brothers with a flooded basement and zero income.
Director Nicholas Stoller really brings together a great cast in this film.
He is known for casting actors who provide great on-screen chemistry and he doesn’t fail to deliver in this film.
Mac and Kelly combine marital forces that would make any real-life couple a little jealous of their relationship.
Rogen’s quirky humor and Byrne’s ability to match it reveal an adorable friendship that is rare to see in long marriages.
Efron and Franco were at the top of their game as well. Efron seemed tailor-made for the role of frat president, and Franco was the perfect sidekick.
Both actors nailed their arrogant characters, and played perfectly off their married co-stars.
“I’m really glad I saw “Neighbors” said moviegoer Aaron Ramos.
“I think I’m going to have to buy the soundtrack. The music that played during the party scenes was awesome,”added Ramos.
The music on the soundtrack featured combinations of party anthems that ranged from 90s rap to new-school electronic.
Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” and Fergie’s “London Bridge” provided a musical platform that gave way to an epic dance battle between Rogen and Efron that will have you laughing and cringing at the same time.
Keep in mind, that the film is rated-R for good reason.
Some of the content is a little bit on the raunchy side, so it would probably be a good idea to leave the young ones at home.
The explicit points of the film don’t detract from the overall enjoyability of the movie.
Don’t expect to be berated with sexual content, but prepare for a few moments that might leave you blushing.
“Neighbors” is definitely the comedy smash hit of the summer, so get your tickets now, and enjoy the show.