This is one of those films where you can imagine the script meeting being just as funny as the end product. Seth Rogen and Zac Efron deliver a cascade of laughs in Bad Neighbours or Bad Neighbors or as it is titled across the pond, simply Neighbors. Despite sharing a name with an Australian soap opera, Bad Neighbours is grotesque, vile and smutty in typical Rogen fashion.
Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are a young married couple accompanied with a newly born baby. We first meet the couple during a sexual encounter, which has become a rare occurrence since the newborn arrived. Their social life has also taken a hit and we understand the difficult adjustments the couple have to make since they were greeted with their baby.
Lo and behold, new neighbours arrive. But it’s not the friendly typical American family that are moving in. No, instead a fraternity pull up in removal trucks and immediately begin to mark their territory. Naturally as concerned parents, the couple greet lead frat brothers Teddy (Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) by asking them to keep the noise down. Instead, Mac and Kelly join in the magic mushroom fuelled party antics and begin bonding with their new neighbours.
One night however, things turn sour. The fraternity aren’t turning down the noise, and despite promising Teddy he would never call the police, Mac does just that, sparking war with the frat brothers. What proceeds is all out comedy chaos with Home Alone-esque pranks between the two parties.
Each character has plenty of comedy to offer with Rogen at the helm. But Efron is smartly casted as the lead frat brother, proving his comical versatility following this year’s early offering, That Awkward Moment. Alongside Franco, the pair fit the contemporary brotherhood role perfectly. Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Lisa Kudrow also offer a number of chuckles during their cameos whilst Byrne too produces a number of gross-out, yet laugh out loud moments. Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) certainly fits Bad Neighbours into the same category as his previously outrageous products.
The script generates some brilliant lines throughout, consistently keeping the audience, which has a huge age range, chuckling and engrossed. Rogen in particular has some typically funny, yet seemingly improvised jokes to crack, which is why he is currently classed as one of the wittiest movie stars in the business at present.