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Monday, May 05, 2014

Darkmatters Review: Bad Neighbours

Bad Neighbours (15)

Dir. Nicholas Stoller

Reviewed by Matt ‘Delta Psi Beta’ Adcock

Read the Newspaper version of this review over at: The Gazette

“We are a Fraternity, a brotherhood, and we are here to party!!”

Bad Neighbours (or just ‘Neighbors’ as it was originally in the US) is the latest entry in the long line of Frat-house comedies that trace their roots through flicks like Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Van Wilder and Old School… The spin this time is ‘what happens when a raucous Fraternity led by the uber-buff Teddy Sanders (Zac ‘High School Musical’ Efron) move in next to 30 something couple with young child?

What happens is all out hilarious and morally dubious comedy warfare on whole new scale. Director Nicholas ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ Stoller is blessed with a talented cast led by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne who play Mac and Kelly Radner – a couple with a new young baby who are trying to cope with parenthood. The last thing this sleep deprived pair need is a loud bunch of college guys moving in next door and partying all night every night.

"mine's this big..."

As well as some of the funniest scenes to hit the big screen for years (you may never forget the ‘airbags’ pranks) – there is a real heart at the core of Bad Neighbours. The issues of adapting to being parents are handled well through a comedy lens and there is a touch of ‘Project X’ about the Frat party finale.

Bad Neighbours certainly isn’t for the easily offended as there is mucho profanity, nudity and general wrongness writ large but it works because the leads are so darn likable.

The film nails the parental insecurity and frustration about how having a child forces you to quit partying / have much chance for spontaneous fun from one side and the fear of having to ‘grow up’ from the college kids side.

"comedy bush moment"

All the cast go about the funny business with gusto as the prank war escalates to insane proportions. Rogen is on great form and has superb chemistry with Byrne and Zac Efron eats up the screen looking incredibly cool. Dave Franco is also superb as Zac’s Vice President – their ‘bromance’ is a good balance to the young couple’s – and both relationships have real heartfelt moments.

If you need a good laugh, Bad Neighbours is by far the funniest film to hit the cinema in 2014 – it's a full on wild, crude hilarious thrill ride!

"shirts are for wimps"

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:


(4 - bringing funny back)

Awesomeness öööö – some great set piece laughs

Laughs ööööö – laugh out loud!!

Horror öö – not for sexy squeamish

Babes öö – Halston Sage adds the blonde factor Byrne is lovely too

Spiritual Enlightenment öö - party life might not be all it's cracked up to be?

Recommended Hashtags: #PartyOnDude

"Miss Sage is the campus hottie"

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