Bad Neighbours

Film, Comedy
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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.


Release details

Release date:
Saturday May 3 2014
97 mins

Cast and crew

Nicholas Stoller
Andrew J Cohen, Brendan O'Brien
Zac Efron
Rose Byrne
Seth Rogen

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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Wether or not Bad Neighbours (or simply Neigbors for our American cousins) warranted a sequel is not my place to say - and honestly I'll probably see it just for my love of Zac Efron. The "original" was good - I say original because there wasn't anything original in it when you think of any Seth Rogan film since Superbad. A film he penned when he was 17 and has yet shown any improvement upon. But if you're in to ridiculousness, obscure references and sarcastic Farrell-esque word play the BN is for you. It's an easy watch, Dave Franco is, as always, delightful - there's something in those Franco genes that's lovable and infuriating at the same time. McLovin (whoever that kid actually is) makes a small appearance as a well endowed college frat boy - probably the most unbelievable thing in the film. But if you have time, and a Netflix subscription I'd definitely suggest it - it kills an afternoon! Then wait till the second one comes out on DVD / VOD and lets see what Chloe Grace Moretz has to say for herself. "So like the first one but this time girls?" "FILM IT!" - Bad Neigbours 2 writing team