Neighbors (2014)

By on May 26, 2014
Neighbors (2014)

Run time: 96 min
Rating: 7.2
Genres: Comedy
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
Trivia: A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Pete is his right hand man, and they’re quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity end ups on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond. All hell breaks loose, from Robert DeNiro parties to Christopher Mintz-Plasse having sex in the bushes, this comedy shows how… Written by Mayor_G

Plot Keywords: fraternity, party, friendship, topless female nudity, punched in the stomach
Country: USA
Release Date: 9 May 2014 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $49,033,915 (USA) (9 May 2014)
Gross: $113,626,000 (USA) (23 May 2014)

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  1. realgihero

    May 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    The premise looks funny. The trailer is mildly amusing. The final product is lame. Unfortunately, the funniest parts are all in the trailer, so after about 30 minutes it just felt like I was sitting around waiting for the next scene I had already seen in the preview.

    Some of the scenes seemed like first takes. I felt like I was watching DVD extras. I highly doubt they had a completed script. It felt like they were winging it half the time, which basically means Seth Rogen playing Seth Rogen, which was old ten years ago.

    Skip this and go find yourself a midnight screening of Revenge of the Nerds.

  2. thegeekgurl

    May 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    My distaste for "Neighbors" has little to do with the overall poorness of its quality. What gets me is the film's basic opinion of what is, or should be considered, funny – an opinion that disgusts and depresses me, and doesn't speak well of who we are as people. Seth Rogen (moping around without a hint of comic energy or skill) plays a loser who gets drenched with a deluge of filthy butt gags. Now comes the depressing part: The movie (just like several Will Ferrel films) can't think of anything for the "hero" to do with himself except to hurt and humiliate the people who interfere with with desire to get what he wants. And we're supposed to LIKE it. We're supposed to be CHEERING for these babyish acts of sadism. Cruelty and amorality CAN, in fact, be a source of humor (I consider "Ruthless People" one of the greatest comedies ever), and "Neighbors" does provide one character (an ego maniacal Me-generation yype) who's a fit target for the audience to enjoy a little slap-down. But this overall assumption that there's an inherent joy in seeing innocent people get injured or embarrassed (also characteristic of Adam Sandler movies) leaves me asking, "What kind of world am I living in? What's WRONG with people?"

  3. deadpool69

    May 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    There was promise in the premise of two opposites dealing with a too close for comfort situation. Sadly, every single element here is the worst of the worst. From the writing, to the non existent "comedy", to the horrible casting choices and the lack of chemistry in many of the different couples here. It's hard to feel any empathy for the old couple, or even believe any of the brothers were really fond of each other, and the unbelievably stupidity of the script dragged everyone to even lower levels. This was one time when one was wishing for negative numbers to be used for ratings here.

    Seth Rogen, usually a very likable everyday type only annoys everyone from the beginning, and Gowan can't lend any credibility to her role as the wife of this loser. This is probably to the fact she has always played women who are either a plain Jane type or have the ability to manipulate or deceive those around them. She doesn't seem capable of showing any degree of sexiness, and the dialog she has been given makes the situation more ludicrous than ever.

    Here comes Zach who doesn't fare as badly, but there is still nothing he can do with the horrible puns, lines, and directions, if we can call them given to him by whoever was directing this mess. Sitting through this is probably the equivalent of water torture, medieval sadism, or something worse. It was torture for the sense because of the endless barrage of vulgarity, ineptitude, and huge amounts of contempt for those in the audience. It was offensive in so many levels with its visual display of scenes that deserve an NC-17 more than an R. Language, visuals, jokes, special effects, everything is here was deplorable and disgusting.

    It's not that we had a couple of desperate morons trying to outdo each other in order to stop a situation like this. We have seen it before, and it has been at least entertaining or done in a creative manner to suggest an action, rather to give unnecessary graphic imagery. What is happening here? We had "The Watch" and their obsession with male private parts and scatological jokes, then "The Wolf" came along, and we were supposed to believe drug abuse was good cinema, and now this came to top everything else. A big problem was that this is lending no credibility to what critics might potentially say in the future. I truly don't understand what film they saw, but there is absolutely nothing to recommend about this disaster.

  4. iamstark

    May 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I'm wondering if the infant in the film has fired her agent for landing her this gig.

    I love bawdy humor. I actually love bad movies ("The Thing With Two Heads", for example) but this one misses on every count and I'm supremely puzzled by the positive reviews along with alleged media critics asking if this is the "…funniest comedy of the year?"


    The basic concept was not a bad one — partying frat boys next door to a 30-something-couple-with-infant trying to retain their youthful coolness — that the couple never convinces you they had in the first place.

    As a former journalist who knows many useless small details, it grated on me that the frat house operated so far outside of municipal regulations its existence would never have been allowed along with rickety plot gimmicks that derail the couple's efforts to uproot the frat boys through official means.

    The sexual humor was uncomfortably crude and unfunny rather than bawdy (i.e., the scene where a frat boy wins a fight using his erection) and there is not the slightest success in creating the most threadbare aura of believability necessary for genuine comedy.

    Those who made this film could have taken some lesson's from Chaucer's Miller's Tale on how to handle off-color sexual humor and scatology with precision and good effect.

    It seemed the writers thought up crude things and then reverse-engineered them into the script making it a collection of rather dumb gags disconnected from a discernible story arc.

    My afternoon viewing of this film was interesting in that the entire audience was 60 or older and when the film ended the house was silent.

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