Coming on Bluray Combo Pack from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and director Nicholas Stoller comes a tale of craziness when dealing with NEIGHBORS.
This bluray tells the story of Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne(, a suburban couple who want a quiet life to raise their little girl. One morning in their idyllic little world, a moving van pulls up to the vacant hosue next door and they quickly realize that it is not another family sharing the dream – it’s a fraternity!
Led by Teddy (Zac Efron) and his sidekick Pete (Dave Franco), Scoonie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Garf (Jerrod Carmichael), it doesn’t take long for the Radner’s to realize a party hosue is going to ruin their peaceful life.
Trying to be neighborly, they extend an olive branch to the college boys hoping that there will be mutual respect, or at least a sharing of the blunts. When the partying gets out of hand and the Radner’s call the guys out on their promise to be quiet – all frat breaks loose!
Now both sides begin a battle of strategy and perseverance to see who will win the right to claim peace and quiet!
FINAL WORD: Rogen as Mac turns in his usual performance and that’s neigher good or bad, just usual. I think it’s time for Rogen to put away childish things and if he wants to continue in comedy – do it as an adult and not as an adult who still wants to be in his late teens/early 20’s. Yea, that’s not going to happen so the laughs are cheap and he gets them fully, don’t worry Rogen (as if you would) I still like ya!
Bryne as Kelly gets a chance to totally lose it! Giving quippy lines as good as she gets makes her stand out in the film. Not sure this is exactly the behavior of a Mom with a small child but hey, I’m not likely to be ever be called to babysit either so good on ya Bryne!
Efron gets a chance here to flex and be as outrageous as he can. Even when he’s having moments of touching (and I use that term loosely) bromance with Rogen, it is funny. His very bi-polar character doesn’t hesitate to bring out the big guns to make his point – what ever that may be. Women are going to get their eyes full and the guys are going to be okay with it.
Franco as Pete has an equal bromance with Efron’s character – even when the bro-code is damaged with what apparently is only a minor infraction of the rules. Silly me, I thought any infidelity was grounds to not be friends but these two refuse to give up on one another. His impression of DeNiro is HILARIOUS!
Mintz-Plasse (who really needs to shorten his name because some of us have a word count limit to our reviews) is fine as Scoonie, seemingly in the film because he can be! Carmichael is just another one of the boys who follows where ever the party may lead and to what ever chaos ensues!
Other cast include: Ike Barinholtz as Jimmy, Craig Roberts as Assjuice, Ali Cobrin as Whitney, Carla Gallo as Paula, Chasty Ballesteros as Alecia and Lisa Kudrow as Carol Gladstone.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give NEIGHBORS three tubs of popcorn out of five. It is crude, silly, and filled with alcohol, pot and breasts along with other body parts. What a great Friday night set up with friends, pizza and a beer. I know alot of women who really liked the film for the exact same reason as the guys do!
Perhaps this is Rogen’s way of admitting that it’s time to put away the bong and rubber guy parts used like a limp light saber and have NEIGHBORS be his swan song – nahhhhh. Okay, I still can’t stop laughing at Franco’s impression of DeNiro from THE FOCKERS with Jinxy cat! It’s a big part film that might even remind a few of us what it’s like to want peace and quiet in our neighborhood only to discover that we are now the grumpy ole people. Thanks for the reminder and could you keep it down please?
The Bluray Combo Pack includes a Bluray with the power of HDTV featuring six times the picture resolution of DVD. The DVD has the convenience of being played at home and away, Digital HD with UltraViolet allows NEIGHBORS to be watched on all favorite devices. The bonus features include Alternative Opening, Deleted/Alternate Scenes, On the Set With as Dave Franco provides a tour of the frat house and Christopher Mintz-Plasse talks about the special props. If that isn’t enough there is a Gag Reel, Lone-O-Rama, An Unlikely Pair, Partying with the Neighbors and The Frat!
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In the end – its family versus frat!