Neighbors Movie Review

Seth Rogen Movie Neighbors

Neighbors – Frat vs. Family

Bill Wine Neighbors Movie Review

According to a review written by Bill Wine, the upcoming film Neighbors by director Nicholas Stoller (of Get Him to the Greek and Fun with Dick and Jane), starring Seth Rogen and Zack Efron, is just a little too similar to the fraternity parties. The film seems as though it could truly be an enduring success—it’s loud, energetic, chaotic and, most importantly, though it might in actuality be a lot less fun than it sounds.

Neighbors Movie Plot

The plot of Neighbors is rather simple: the film sets up a revenge scenario that continually escalates until it goes beyond control. Battle commences between Teddy Sanders—played by Zac Efron as the president of the Delta Psy Kappa fraternity, and a local family, the Radnors who are played by Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne. The Radnors are the quiet family next door just settling into the suburbs to raise their first child.  The Radnors introduce themselves and establish a disclaimer that their own party days are not so far in the past; they assure Sanders they will not begrudge him his good time.

Neighbors Movie Tone

Their tone changes at the first all night party that results in no sleep for them or their infant.  The cops are called and war quickly starts and escalates steadily forward.  From there, battles continually erupt; no prank is too cruel or crude.

While Wine says that a paper-thin plot is to be expected in this genre, that doesn’t mean the characters must be as well.  The actions and measures taken by the characters in the increasingly ridiculous pranks leads the film to feel as if the characters are in some form of an alternative universe, where characters serve to nothing other than fulfill tropes and generic movie roles instead of portraying three dimensional, relatable human beings.

Neighbors Movie Script

The script, constructed by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, is also an issue for Wine, who declares it definitively raunchy, relying far too much on slapstick humor and gross-out gags to be considered a feature.  While these components may succeed in the likes of The Three Stooges and Tom and Jerry, it isn’t fit the bill for a Hollywood Blockbuster.  Instead, Wine believes it will be most suited as background noise, residing on the television screens at fraternity parties in a cruel sense of irony and sense of disappointment.