Neighbors

Neighbors

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron

     
 

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An immature couple with a newborn infant go to war with the fraternity that turns their once-peaceful neighborhood into party central in this outrageous comedy of one-upsmanship. Restless thirtysomethings Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are still clinging to the last vestiges of their youth as they

Overview

An immature couple with a newborn infant go to war with the fraternity that turns their once-peaceful neighborhood into party central in this outrageous comedy of one-upsmanship. Restless thirtysomethings Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are still clinging to the last vestiges of their youth as they attempt to adjust to the rigors of raising a newborn in their picturesque suburban starter home. When a massive moving truck pulls into the driveway next door, the bleary-eyed pair grow excited at the prospect of getting new neighbors. Unfortunately for Mac and Kelly, the new arrivals turn out to be the Delta Psi Beta fraternity. Even so, the couple remain convinced that they still have a modicum of cool left in them, extending a hearty greeting to popular chapter president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and hoping for the best. A few epic parties later, however, and Mac and Kelly have had more than their fill of the frat's wild antics. Before long the gloves have come off, and a turf war erupts between the parents who only want a solid night's sleep and the Greeks who crank up the stereo until the crack of dawn. Who will win is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure -- this neighborhood isn't big enough for the both of them.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Every adult knows how quickly a petty feud with a neighbor can escalate, and in the raucous comedy Neighbors, Seth Rogen and company strive to take that concept to hilarious extremes. Loud, raunchy, and even awkwardly endearing at times, this piecemeal movie reeks of improv run amuck, but unlike Rogen's previous anything-goes hit, This Is the End, Neighbors isn't blessed with the comedic material to sustain that approach with any real consistency. Restless thirtysomethings Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are still clinging to the last vestiges of their youth as they attempt to adjust to the rigors of raising a newborn in their picturesque suburban starter home. When a massive moving truck pulls into the driveway next door, the bleary-eyed pair grow excited at the prospect of getting new neighbors. Unfortunately for Mac and Kelly, the new arrivals turn out to be the Delta Psi Beta fraternity. Even so, the couple remain convinced that they still have a modicum of cool left in them, extending a hearty greeting to popular chapter president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and hoping for the best. A few epic parties later, however, and Mac and Kelly have had more than their fill of the frat's wild antics. Before long the gloves have come off, and a turf war erupts between the parents who only want a solid night's sleep and the Greeks who crank up the stereo until the crack of dawn. Who will win is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure -- this neighborhood isn't big enough for the both of them. The naivety of new parents has long been fodder for Hollywood comedies, yet few screenwriters have managed to capture the exhausted mixture of elation and frustration that nurturing a newborn represents quite like Brendan O'Brien and Andrew Cohen do in the early scenes of Neighbors. Like many young couples who decide to start a family, Mac and Kelly haven't quite grasped the fact that life as they once knew it is over. Their Herculean struggles to recapture their spark of spontaneity are played to overwhelmed perfection by Rogen and Byrne, but when the story needs to progress, O'Brien and Cohen trade cautionary satire for comedic one-upmanship. From this point on, Neighbors becomes a loosely plotted farce that revels in debauchery, and much like the film's overarching sentiment about the unpredictable ways we act out during times of transition and uncertainty, it seems that the writers felt content to simply lob vaguely humorous concepts at the audience rather than actually take the time to explore their comedic fallout (such as when Mac eats enough psilocybin mushrooms to incapacitate the entire fraternity, but doesn't so much as slur a word). Sure, in a high-concept comedy like Neighbors, the point is to get to the feud as quickly as possible, but the filmmakers frequently mistake casual vulgarity for wit. As a result, the scenarios often fall flat, despite the performers' best efforts to tack on a clever punch line. Even once the war gets under way, precious few of the pranks display the inspiration of even a forgettable Jackass episode, and at one particular low point, desperate frat leader Teddy's long-game threat to the couple's daughter feels downright creepy. Even so, director Nicholas Stoller and cinematographer Brandon Trost strive to give the film some stylistic flair (especially during the frat-party scenes), but like the writing, it's too inconsistent to have any real impact. In the end, Neighbors is one of those disappointing comedies that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2014
UPC:
0025192198496
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
19,909

Special Features

Blu-ray exclusives; Alternate opening; Deleted/alternate scenes; On the set with; Bonus features; Gag reel; The frat; An unlikely pair; Line-o-rama; Partying with the neighbors

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seth Rogen Mac Radner
Rose Byrne Kelly Radner
Zac Efron Teddy Sanders
Elise Vargas Stella
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Scoonie
Dave Franco Pete
Brian Huskey Bill Wazowkowski
Ike Barinholtz Jimmy
Carla Gallo Paula
Halston Sage Brooke
Jerrod Carmichael Garf
Craig Roberts Assjuice
Ali Cobrin Whitney
Kira Sternbach Brittany
Fahim Anwar Rival Frat Guy #1
Ori Kalmus Rival Frat Guy #2
Steven Michael Eich Thumbsucker
Andy Samberg Toga #1
Adam DeVine Beer Pong Guy #1
Jake Johnson Sebastian Cremmington
Hannibal Buress Officer Watkins
Liz Cackowski Wendy the Realtor
Jason Mantzoukas Doctor Theodorakis
Lisa Kudrow Dean Carol Gladstone
Jesse Heiman The Babysitter
Randall Park Rep
Natasha Leggero Prostitute

Technical Credits
Nicholas Stoller Director
Andrew Cohen Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Zene Baker Editor
Brian Bell Executive Producer
Julie Berghoff Production Designer
Andrew Jay Cohen Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Joe Drake Executive Producer
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Evan Goldberg Producer
Nathan Kahane Executive Producer
Melissa Kostenbauder Casting
Matthew Leonetti Co-producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Michael J. Moore Asst. Director
Nicole Brown Co-producer
Brendan O'Brien Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Seth Rogen Producer
Brandon Trost Cinematographer
Gary Warshaw Art Director
James Weaver Executive Producer
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Neighbors
1. Scene 1 [5:26]
2. Scene 2 [3:15]
3. Scene 3 [3:47]
4. Scene 4 [5:02]
5. Scene 5 [4:46]
6. Scene 6 [3:15]
7. Scene 7 [5:13]
8. Scene 8 [4:21]
9. Scene 9 [6:05]
10. Scene 10 [4:32]
11. Scene 11 [:24]
12. Scene 12 [3:09]
13. Scene 13 [4:49]
14. Scene 14 [6:05]
15. Scene 15 [4:28]
16. Scene 16 [5:28]
17. Scene 17 [4:07]
19. Scene 19 [7:37]
18. Scene 18 [4:12]
20. Scene 20 [4:51]

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