Neighbors Review

Synopsis: After they are forced to live next to a fraternity house, a couple with a newborn baby do whatever they can to take them down.

The film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple, and new parents, coming to terms with putting their carefree days behind them. When a fraternity moves in next door their fears of growing old are personified by the youthful, beer guzzling, carefree frat boys next door. 

The couple decides to tackle the potential problem head on and introduce themselves to the group and asks them to try to “keep it down”. Teddy and Pete, the groups leaders, played by Zac Efron and Dave Franco, assure them that the partying will be kept to a minimum and only asks that they deal with them personally if there is ever an issue and avoid calling the police. That doesn’t work out, of course, which sets off a series of pratfalls and pranks between the neighbors as they try to force each other to crack. Somewhere along the line there is a lesson or two learned, but that’s not the bread and butter for this type of film and to think otherwise is just as crazy as the sword fight between Efron and Rogen. 

The idea of having neighbors from hell is nothing new, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a few good laughs from Neighbors this year.