Bad Neighbours

Updated: 12 May 2014

Time Out says

Rating: 4/5

Dir: Nicholas Stoller (2014, 97 minutes). Cast: Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen. Now showing.

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star in this comedy from the director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ as a happy, thirtysomething couple with a kid. They move into a new house, only to discover that a fun-loving fraternity – presided over by a swaggering Zac Efron – are moving in next door. The couple fluctuate between grumbling and cringey attempts to be down with the kids. It’s not long before the resentment escalates into full-on war.

After a shaky start, ‘Bad Neighbours’ blossoms, with inspired visual gags in excellent poor taste. That it never feels too dark is largely down to the sweetness of Rogen and Byrne. There’s a winning chemistry between them, and their predicament riffs neatly on the challenge of leaving youth behind. But the real star of the show is Efron, who relishes his chance to shine as a borderline-psychotic party boy. Ashley Clark

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