DVD Review: Neighbors


Release Date:September 23, 2014
MPAA Rating:R
Runtime:96 minutes
Director:Nicholas Stoller
Stars:Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Lisa Kudrow, Dave Franco


What do you get when you put a frat house next to the home of the parents of a new baby? A polite exchange of pleasantries and peace? Nah, that would be an extremely boring movie. You get chaos filled parties, betrayal, vengeance, and as in any Seth Rogen film plenty of drug usage. It’s a frat that just wants to party versus a family that just wants peace and quiet.

Zac Efron is great in this role as it kind of makes fun of his real life persona. With lines like Dave Franco’s character declaring that Efron as Teddy is a great actor in one scene. He’s far funnier than I expected. Seth Rogen is his usual self as he gets high and does childish things throughout the film. But he handles the role as well as ever. Rose Byrne isn’t quite known for her comedic chops unless you count those two terrible Insidious movies (zinger!). She actually held her own amongst the rest of the cast. Having some of the best scenes in the movie.

Rogen works with his homies little brother, Dave Franco on this one. He plays the number 2 man in the frat and is one of the highlights in the film. Especially his scene where he impersonates Robert De Niro from Meet the Fockers. Christopher Mintz Plasse has a small role as Scoonie, a frat boy with a legendary umm… downstairs companion. Lisa Kudrow (aka Phoebe Buffay as some lady in the theatre had to remind everyone out loud) even makes a few brief appearances.

This movie is hilarious. I found myself laughing the entire way through. Everyone that got a chance to be funny hit their marks and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. The sex scenes with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne were funny because it displayed how goes down in reality between most adults who aren’t employed as porn stars. There’s even a few hip hop references in the film that require more than a radio listeners knowledge to get. That’s something as a hip hop fan I’ve always appreciated about Rogen. Would I recommend this film, hell yes I would. If you’ve watched a movie with Seth Rogen before you’ll love this one without a doubt. 4 out of 5 stars on this one.