WRITTEN BY: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O'Brien
DIRECTED BY: Nicholas Stoller
STARRING: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco
RATING: 4.5 stars
As soon as I finished watching Bad Neighbours, I wanted to watch it again. I have not laughed out loud that much during a film in quite a while. First-time feature film writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien have included a lot of gags, but it is never over the top, and there is some great physical comedy from the talented cast of comedians. There is so much hilarity going on in the film that you will not even realise the minor story flaws until afterwards – and even then, it will not matter.
Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are new parents missing the former partying days of their youth. But when a fraternity moves into the house next door, the couple begin to miss the peace and quiet they have grown accustomed to, so they try to get off on the right foot by visiting the college boys, which is led by Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco). After offering the guys some joints, they party with the college crew for the night and everyone seems to get along fine. But the peace does not last long, and soon the couple find themselves in a war with the fraternity.
A great aspect of this film is that Kelly is a key player rather than the token female wife/girlfriend who does very little but provide some semblance of a moral compass for the far more reckless man. In Bad Neighbours, Kelly is just as involved as Mac and Byrne gives a great performance. Rogen is also very funny, while Efron oozes sex appeal and Franco provides some great laughs too. The Franco/Efron bromance is also enjoyable to watch. Lisa Kudrow is also a welcome addition as the college dean.
The only real problem I have with the film is that Mac and Kelly seem to be the only neighbours worried about the fraternity. There is a scene showing how the boys get the neighbours onside, but I would still think that with the wild parties every night, the neighbours would get fed up pretty quickly.
Nonetheless, Bad Neighbours is so funny, you will be trying to contain your laughter so you do not miss the next joke.