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53 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic college comedy evolves the genre
At its core, this movie contains all the familiar conventions of a raunchy college comedy: crude sex jokes, rampant drug use, gratuitous nudity, grossout gags, goofball supporting cast, wild partying, insane pranks. But there are also a number of things which this movie not only does differently but especially well, elevating the film beyond the usual sophomoric...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down
I wanted to like this movie but it didn't do much to help it's own cause. I hadn't heard good things about it but usually low expectations and low standards let me find some enjoyment in these kind of movies. I usually like Seth Rogen and Zac Effron seems amiable enough. Actually all the actors were decent enough. Rose Byrne was really charismatic. I am unfamiliar...
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53 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic college comedy evolves the genre, July 24, 2014
This review is from: Neighbors (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD) (Blu-ray)
At its core, this movie contains all the familiar conventions of a raunchy college comedy: crude sex jokes, rampant drug use, gratuitous nudity, grossout gags, goofball supporting cast, wild partying, insane pranks. But there are also a number of things which this movie not only does differently but especially well, elevating the film beyond the usual sophomoric comedy.

One noticeably unique facet is the strong female lead. The wife character is not relegated to simply backing up her husband, or playing the safe and sensitive voice of reason. Rather, she might be even more deranged and aggressive than her male counterpart in terms of pushing the outrageous hijinx. It's certainly refreshing to see a woman allowed to participate with such decadent abandon in the typically male-dominated frat-house genre.

The movie is also gratefully lacking in the usually sappy and maudlin romance/soul-searching subplots that usually weaken and drag on these types of comedy free-for-alls. There are a few tender moments in there, but it basically just lets everyone go crazy for maximum laughs.

Another clever part of this film is the gray morality which all the main characters inhabit. There are no clear good guys vs. bad guys, as all the major players waver back and forth in their actions and likability. At varying points, every character in the film vacillates between being a righteous hero and a vile villain, just depending on the degree of their latest, insane shenanigan.

The low reviews here are really astounding, especially since the most mediocre films seem to regularly receive over 4 stars on Amazon. I'm not sure what kind of movie the haters expected to see, but this movie delivers on its promises. The progressive story structure aside, this movie is ultimately just a very funny flick. I guess you either like this kind of comedy or you don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down, November 24, 2014
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I wanted to like this movie but it didn't do much to help it's own cause. I hadn't heard good things about it but usually low expectations and low standards let me find some enjoyment in these kind of movies. I usually like Seth Rogen and Zac Effron seems amiable enough. Actually all the actors were decent enough. Rose Byrne was really charismatic. I am unfamiliar with any of her other work and had no idea who she was but I liked her here. So the problem wasn't the cast but pretty much everything else. The movie had a weird tone to it. There was an interesting idea trying to get out and some wickedly funny lines hidden within a pool of dreck. The argument between Byrne and Rogen over who gets to be the dumb one (wife or husband) was kind of a clever nod to clichéd sitcoms and Kevin James movies. The only problem is that seeing the slob Rogen with the out-of-his-league Byrne didn't strengthen the case that this movie was something different. The five second split between the two as a result of that fight seems added for no reason other than for a dramatic moment. I mean the wife leaves and literally five seconds later Rogen is chasing her down to tearfully beg her to come back. It was clichéd and felt as if the director or screenwriters were compelled to throw in some tension between the couple because that's what you do in a movie.

Some of the generation gap humor between the frat house kids and the Rogen and Byrne started to verge on something funny but was over shadowed by the gross out humor and a severe lack of focus. Gross out humor is all well and good but the desire to pack so many scenes into one film left me feeling overwhelmed and bombarded. If I had to pick one word to describe this film it would be disjointed. I think the scene I enjoyed most was the final one outside Abercrombie and Fitch. Effron and Rogen seem to be improvising and actually appear to be enjoying themselves. The baby was cute, at least there's that.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars. Not perfect, but more right than wrong., May 22, 2014
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Theatrical review. There may be spoilers.

There are plenty of surprises in this new comedy beyond exploding car airbags. Seth Rogen is hilarious as usual, but I was a bit taken aback with Rose Byrne who practically steals her scenes. They make a bit of an unusual married couple. As Mac and Kelly Radner, they have a new baby, Stella (Vargas twins) who gets in her own very funny bits as well. Byrne even keeps her native Australian accent which may come as a surprise to some American audiences.

The new family has just emptied out their bank accounts to buy a cute bungalow in a fictional college town where Mac went to school. The house next door is for sale as well and the Radners were hoping another young couple would be moving in. Much to their surprise, the moving truck shows up and the house becomes the home of one of the college's bad-boy fraternities. Now I don't know where this fictional town is but how is it a fraternity is allowed to move into a neighborhood comprised of families and college professors?

The president of the fraternity is Teddy (Zac Efron in a nice nuanced performance) and Pete (Dave Franco) is his VP. The Radners, sensing the possibility of rowdiness, decide to make friends up front and show up to meet the boys. All seems to go fine at first, especially after Teddy invites the reluctant couple in to "show them around." We now learn that the Radners were/are first class party animals themselves before they had to grow-up. You know get a job, raise a family. The frat boys now feel they have the green light since one of their neighbors seems cool with it. No thought is ever given in this movie as to whether other neighbors might not be comfortable with daily all-night parties.

Once the Radners decide to call the cops, or as it turns out, cop (Hannibal Buress), game on. The Radners, with help from their best friends (Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo) go to battle with the retaliatory frat boys. Aside from an overuse of the airbag joke, the movie has some great lines and some great scenes. It is no surprise that Rogen is brilliant at what he does but Byrne is right there with him. Director Nicholas Stoller uses the baby often in comedic ways although she seems to be constantly in jeopardy from being left alone.

To appreciate the movie, you'll have to put aside zoning logic, police incompetence and child-in-danger issues. As it turns out the movie has a touching conclusion beyond the humor. Some people just have a hard time "growing up."
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it, August 25, 2014
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Not that good. Boring and a waste of money
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars but were seriously limited by poor writing and development in this movie, October 1, 2014
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This movie had such potential, but fell far short. Rogen and Efron are both generally entertaining, but were seriously limited by poor writing and development in this movie. This was one of those movies where all the funny parts were revealed in the ads, leaving only disappointment and confusion between the few humorous parts.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid and not funny, October 5, 2014
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Wanted to like this movie but it was awful College kids and adults behaving really badly. Trying to endear themselves to the fraternity that bought the house next door, the new-parent neighbors bring a housewarming gift of a few joints to their new neighbors and then proceed to party the night away at the frat house. (Seriously? How could they even take care of the cute little baby the next day?) Things turn bad pretty quickly after the parents call the cops because of the constant partying, and a sophomoric war erupts between the neighbors. When the couple decides to break the water pipe at the frat house, assuming the frat won't have the money to get it fixed, the frat devises an ingenious plan to make molds of their erect penises to sell as sex toys on their front lawn. As anyone knows, a sex-toy yard sale in the suburbs is always hugely successful (sarcasm intended) and they raise enough money to fix the water pipe and add a hot tub. The next plan of the frustrated couple is to try to break up the frat by getting one of the frat boys to break the "Bros before Hoes" code. To do so the 'adult' couple attends one of the nightly frat parties where the wife plies the girlfriend of the frat president (aka "hoe" I guess) and his best friend with shots and by making out with both of them convinces them to make out with each other in the hopes that frat boy president will see and the frat will implode. Ewww. I don't know what happened after that, I couldn't even watch anymore it was so stupid. I loved Bridesmaids, The Hangover, and many other films of this genre but this was just gross, not funny. Wish I could get my $6 back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HE'S STILL ALIVE, May 13, 2014
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Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) just had a baby and try to convince themselves that their life is not over and they are not old. When a frat house moves in next door lead by Teddy Sander (Zac Efron), their delusion is challenged as the film breaks down into our couple attempting to sabotage the overly noisy frat house, the one that invented toga parties and beer pong.

The humor for the most part was low brow ,crude, and juvenile. It was predictable humor which translates into unfunny. The swearing and drug use was forced and unnatural. This is a me-too crude comedy that failed to stay above the water of a flooded basement.

Zac takes his shirt off, a plus for the ladies, but they must sit through Seth showing off his mammoth butt during a sex scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, October 1, 2014
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This movie could have been so good!

It had some really hilarious scenes that were for some reason followed up by a wooden attempt at emotional depth, making the movie jarring and uneven. That's mainly because Zac Efron and Dave Franco have way more on screen chemistry as two frat bros than Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have as a married couple - every one of their scenes feels like an awkward improv amateur hour at the local bar - you're supposed to edit that stuff out!

All I wanted to see was the movie equivalent of popping a bunch of candy in your mouth - kinda silly and bad for you, but one heck of a good time! That's what the previews promised. Why mess with that formula?

PS. Dear Seth Rogen - please keep your shirt on at all times. Thank you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Previews show the best parts, August 24, 2014
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It's not as good as I thought the previews portrayed it to be. It's gonna sit in my purchased movies and never be watched again. :( disappointed.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Concept, but it's Funny!, May 20, 2014
This review is from: Neighbors (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD) (Blu-ray)
Robert Frost once wrote, "Good fences make good neighbors." The new Seth Rogan film, Neighbors pokes numerous holes in that philosophical statement and illustrates why Frost's New Hampshire home was very, very well isolated.

This is not the first comedy film to go by the title Neighbors. In 1981, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi followed up the success of The Blues Brothers with a dark misfire about a suburban man (Belushi) whose life is flipped upside down by his obnoxious neighbor (Aykroyd). The film was a production nightmare and was also the last teaming-up of Belushi and Aykroyd before Belushi's death. It was also a missed opportunity from a simple and potentially brilliant film idea.

Now, Rogan and co-writer Evan Goldberg seem to have righted a wrong by bringing their signature raunchy wit to their latest production.

Rogan plays Mac Radner, a new father, who with his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne), is trying to adjust to a new responsible life now that the carefree days are behind him. Caring for a newborn proves to have its challenges but none measure up to the challenges of having a fraternity move in to the house next door. Not wanting to be the square neighbors who have to tell the kids to, "Keep it down!" Mac and Kelly decide to play it cool at first and let these frat brothers know that they are still hip and young. They approach fraternity president Teddy (Zac Efron) and awkwardly suggest he and his buddies keep the noise down. Within days, however the frat parties are out of control forcing Mac to call the police and report a noise violation. It may as well have been the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand because it's an all out war from that point forward.

Teddy and his band of brothers (including such familiar faces as Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jerrod Carmichael) pool all of their intellect and creativity and aim it not at academics but at the Radners. Carefully placed air bags, hysterically themed parties, and shenanigans aplenty increase the Radner's misery and decrease the Radner's home value, making it impossible for them to move.

But don't count those Radners out yet. Mac and Kelly, along with their divorced friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo), do not go down without a fight.

Neighbors has the edge, pacing, and cringe-worthy raunch we've come to expect from the best of Rogan's efforts. The jokes are funny, but we may be starting to see Rogan start drawing from the bottom of the well. Much has been made of Rogan transitioning from playing characters who are more juvenile to those who are more mature and adult. This "maturity" seemingly comes along with some retreads or re-purposing of jokes that he has used before. One example would be the interesting biological party trick Dave Franco's character Pete is able to "produce." This is identical to the interesting "gift" Jason Mewes's character Lester is able to "achieve" in Zack and Miri Make a Porno. This is more of an observation than a criticism, but it will be interesting to watch how Rogan "comes of age" as a major player in the world of comedy. What certainly does work for this film is how well suited the rest of the cast is for supporting Rogan and Goldberg's script. Rose Byrne holds nothing back in her performance as Kelly and with this film as well as her uptight and hilarious turn in Bridesmaids she has become a surprisingly comic actress for one originally so suited to drama. Efron is perfect as Teddy and plays the character with endearing charm compelling the audience to both revere and revile him. Much of the film's heart is a result of the tumultuous relationship scenes between Efron and Franco. Lastly, the baby (played by twins Elise and Zoey Vargas) is flippin' adorable!

Neighbors is a top-notch comedy and capitalizes on a simple but brilliant concept. B+

Neighbors is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 36 minutes. Stay midway through the credits for more scenes of that flippin' adorable baby!
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