Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are learning to be parents. They haven’t quite adjusted to their new life yet, refusing to let go of their partying ways. Only, they don’t quite have the energy to keep up with it anymore.
The house next door to Mac and Kelly is for sale. They anxiously watch to see who may be moving in. They are quite surprised when Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) move in with their fraternity, Delta Psi. Not wanting to seem old and lame, yet not wanting to have what is sure to be constant partying and noise keep their daughter up all night, Mac and Kelly go over to welcome their new neighbors and ask them in the coolest “new parent” way to keep it down.
Of course, Delta Psi starts partying right away. Mac and Kelly head to the fraternity to ask them if they could keep it down a little. Teddy and Pete, wanting to get the “old people” on their side, invite Mac and Kelly to come in and party with them for a bit. Mac and Kelly jump at the chance. After a night of beer, drugs, and partying, Mac and Teddy bond. The couple promises Teddy they will call him with any noise complaints and not get the police involved.
On a night of particularly loud partying, and Mac isn’t able to get a hold of Teddy, they decide to call the police. Bad choice. This breach of trust, as Teddy sees it, sets off an escalating battle between Delta Psi and the old married couple next door.
Neighbors is your typical Seth Rogen movie. That means plenty of swearing and more than plenty of drugs, drinking, and pot smoking. He does what he knows. And, usually, it works. This is one of the cases where it works.
While it is scary to imagine Seth Rogen as a father, he actually pulls it off. He and Rose Byrne pretty accurately portray what a lot of young parents go through. While they love having a kid (who may be the cutest baby ever, by the way), they aren’t ready to let go of their youth. They are desperate to have the younger kids think they are cool.
Zac Efron, who appears shirtless enough to make sure the women will go see the movie, has shown that he can hold his own against the funniest of them. This is no exception. While Dave Franco gives a Dave Franco performance. It’s not that he’s bad or brings the film down. It’s just the same character I’ve seen him play in every other movie he’s been in. The same can be said for Christopher Mintz-Plasse. But in a movie about a bunch of frat brothers, it works.
If you have seen the trailers (If not, you can watch them here and here.), you have seen a good portion of the funny parts of the film. This is always a bit of a let down, as you find yourself saying, “I’ve already seen this” as you see them on screen. However, I still found myself laughing at each and every one of them. Nothing really loses its punch. (Not even the DeNiro party.) Which is surprising. They add a decent amount of funny moments you haven’t seen. They also throw in a few cameos here and there, just for good measure.
If you enjoy Seth Rogen style comedy and were wondering what it would be like with him on the other side of the fence, Neighbors is definitely a good choice.