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Young, Dumb and Full of…Ah, You Know

'Neighbors' is surprisingly funny

May 7, 2014, 12:00 am

Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are a married couple in their early 30s with a newborn. They’re happily adjusting to domestic life and love their neighborhood. 

Then a fraternity moves into the house next door. Mac and Kelly introduce themselves and bring some weed as a gift. The weed (and the baby) is a big hit with the brothers, and the president, Teddy (Zac Efron), and vice president, Pete (Dave Franco), promise to keep the noise low. They also ask that if Mac and Kelly have problems with the fraternity, they bring it to the house and not the cops.

Mac and Kelly attend a party and everything is cool. But then a subsequent party goes off the rails, and Mac calls the police. Teddy and Pete consider the police intervention a breach of trust and decide to make life miserable for the Radners.

From then on, it’s pranks and hard R-rated silliness. Director Nicholas Stoller has edged toward complete outrageousness before (the stabbing scene in Get Him to the Greek, for example), but Neighbors is the first time he’s fully embraced it. Mac and Kelly work up a cockamamie scheme to get the fraternity banned from the college, and have some uproarious exchanges with the over-it-all dean (Lisa Kudrow).

Enjoy Neighbors. It’s smart (in its stupidity), it looks better than any college movie should and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. And you get to see an almost naked Seth Rogen. Who could ask for more?



Directed by Nicholas Stoller
With Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron

Regal Stadium 14

96 min.


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