Review: Bad Neighbours

By Chelsea Lorren Brown

Bad_Neighbours_PosterStarring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco

If you’re a fan of the outrageous, foul-mouthed, slightly vulgar, stoner comedy Seth Rogen and co. usually put out, then Bad Neighbours is definitely for you. As a huge fan myself, I was laughing embarrassingly loud the whole way through; as was the rest of the pizza-filled, beer-fuelled audience. The premise is this, a Zac Efron lead frat house move in next door to retired-partiers Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, newly with child. What starts out as friendship between the two houses quickly descends into a chaotic feud, with each house hoping to drive the other away. The storyline gives birth to absolute mayhem, and shows a side of frat house party life that makes you rue the day you had to go to university in Australia.

Taking a step away from romantic flicks and musical numbers, Zac Efron really gives it his all in this comedy role. While he’s certainly not the funniest in the film (who could ever out-funny Seth Rogen?) his presence is a fresh addition to the usually same cast bill of these sorts of movies. Rose Byrne also brings her comedy A-Game, and proves to be endearing and ready to go the extra mile for a laugh. It was so great to see a female comedy lead be just as crazy, irresponsible, and downright hilarious as her male counter-part; something we very rarely see in the Apatow/Rogen movie world. I’ve also gotta give a huge honourable mention to relative new-comer Jerrod Carmichael, a frat-brother who stole the show on more than one occasion… keep your eye out for a killer Samuel L. Jackson impersonation which bought the house down with laughs, and became a personal favourite moment of mine.

Bad Neighbours is sure to stand as one of the best comedies of 2014, and will hold its own against fan favourites like Superbad, Pinapple Express, and This Is The End. With a perfect combination of swear words, pot, a star cast, offensive humour, and a non-stop onslaught of malicious pranks, the movie absolutely shines, and leaves you gasping for air between loud laughs.

This movie is not to be missed, so chug a beer, inhale some popcorn, and let your inner frat boy go wild!

Bad Neighbours hits cinemas on the 8th of May

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