Neighbors (2014) | Movie Review

Release date: May 9, 2014
Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min. 
MPAA Rating: R

Have you missed my movie reviews? Well, today I can actually talk to you about something ahead of time! Yesterday I had a chance to see an advance screening of Neighbors—a comedy that's about to hit the theaters this Friday. I'll be honest, I did NOT go into this with high expectations because this year's comedies have... not been the best so far. However, I put my faith in Seth Rogen and decided to give this movie a chance. After all, things have to get better at some point.

Neighbors starts off with new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) settling into their suburban grown-up life. They're making it work, OK? That is until a fraternity moves in next door. Worried that the new neighbors are going to be noisy, Mac and Kelly decide to put on their cool faces and casually ask the frat president Teddy (Zac Efron) to keep it down. We all know that's just not going to happen, right? 

I actually thought this movie turned out very entertaining! It was funny, it didn't take the jokes too far to the point where they weren't funny anymore (which has been the trend), it wasn't too long—just around that perfect hour and a half, and I was pleasantly surprised by the performances. While I had my expectations for Seth Rogen, I have to give credit to Zac Efron and Dave Franco: those guys pulled it off perfectly and even managed to deliver a couple of more serious moments. Because of this, I am now more inclined to watch movies that have either of them involved! What's great is that this movie is consistent: sure, it may not be the most outrageously funny comedy you've ever seen, but it doesn't get old and it keeps you interested. Also, while being pretty hilarious, Neighbors actually gives you a few things to think about when it comes to family, life, and goals. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it lacked just a bit of extra punch to the jokes: they were good, some really good, but only a couple were great.

Overall, I am very glad I got to watch it and it made me burst out laughing on quite a few occasions. After the comedies I've seen this year, Neighbors is a breath of fresh air. If you're in the mood for a silly movie adventure—go for it! Just remember it's a frat comedy and there is a level of dirtiness (which I have no problem with) to be expected—don't be a prude.