Some shirtless Zac Efron, the surprisingly smart Dave Franco and the always-hilarious Seth Rogen pulled together with the sort-of-classy Rose Byrne.
Bad Neighbours is easily the best comedy I’ve seen since Bridesmaids graced our screens in 2011. Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) has found a way to extend the overdone plot of the frat party house into a film that reflects the issues of growing old or being young and dumb.
Often with blockbuster comedies we see most of the side splitting jokes in the trailer, leaving us to a kind-of-funny movie with scenes we’ve already seen a thousand times (yes I watched the nearly naked Zac Efron flipping his burger plenty of times). Although I’d seen the trailer thousands of times in anticipation of the actual movie, I didn’t feel cheated of any laughs. If anything it was funnier seeing the scenes in the context of the movie.
Surprisingly, the movie was not only appealing to the young, but also got a giggle out of the 40 something couple sitting behind me. The movie’s awkwardness of an ageing couple who still want to “get down and dirty” with some college boys is enough to make anyone cringe and laugh hysterically at the same time. It was also refreshing to see Dave Franco as “the smart kid”, striving for good grades instead of one-night stands. Seth Rogen put in a stellar performance as a father figure as well.
I honestly can’t think of anything I can criticise about this movie other than how in your face this particular type of comedy is, but that’s what makes it unbearably funny. The best bits had to be Seth Rogen as a baby-lovin’ dad, Rose Byrne’s seduction of a teen couple and Dave Franco’s impersonation of Robert De Niro… Oh, and who could forget Zac Efron and his banging bod. His acting was pretty good too.
Bad Neighbours is in cinemas now.
Rating: 8/10 – Alana Scott
Top photo from Bad Neighbours official Facebook page.