— Posted by Alyssa
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen
Not since the generational over-the-top partying of Project X have I been this excited about kegs, neon plastic shot glasses, and red solo cups. Neighbors is that rare comedy that has something to say while also knowing how to give its audience a good time.
Vacant, every-party douche, president of a fraternity (that sings Creed during their pledge to give more inkling of how douchey douche can be) Teddy Sanders (Efron) is caught up in the present and not thinking too hard about academics. Teddy’s grand ambition is to add to the wall of the “legends” before him that perfected the party staples all youngsters abide by like the toga party and beer pong. It’s not much of a legacy that Teddt is looking to leave, but in an age where partying is taken seriously, it makes sense. Meanwhile, the beta to Teddy’s Alpha is Pete (Franco), who is a little more caught up in the future and not all too worried about making a “name for himself,” although he’s not above photocopying his penis. These boys, along with their ragtag group of brethren, move next door to new parents Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) who are not really old, but no longer young and are trying to figure out how to balance parenthood with the carefree life they used to lead. What results between generations not too far apart, but plunging into adulthood, is a hilarious war between those who party and those who parent.
There is a lot of truth behind the marijuana smoke in this film. Young parents are not too unheard of and trying to let go of the parties of the past is as difficult as it is to move on into the prospective future of adulthood. Neither side of this war is made to be the bad guys… the frat boys aren’t painted as out of line in partying hard while they got their youth and the parents aren’t made to be the grouchy “man” who is trying to hold them down. Neighbors makes characters that are always funny and entertaining to watch and the cast takes a script that is good and makes it great.