Bad Neighbours (2014)


Bad Neighbours / Neighbors – comedy film review

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I had fairly high hopes for Bad Neighbours. And yes I’m spelling it the English way because I cannot bring myself to leave out the “u”. Pretty decent cast, irreverent storyline, light hearted fun plus Zac Efron topless. Sounds alright.

The story follows new parents Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) who are horrified to discover a group of fraternity boys (led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco) have moved into the house next door, shaking both noise levels and the paranoia the couple have associated with having a baby and ‘getting old’. And yes it is odd seeing Seth Rogen playing the concerned dad, but he does eat pizza in bed, wear a comedy t-shirt and puff on a bong so it’s definitely still him and not an evil intruder. 

Unfortunately Bad Neighbours misses the mark quite a bit. It’s definitely watchable because (Zac Efron gets his top off) there are some genuinely funny jokes and a nice cast, but the storyline and character development was so sketchy that I was never able to relate to the characters or believe in the story. Which by the by, is so ludicrous that more suspension of belief will be needed than when you watched Inception (“it’s a dream inside a dream inside a manifestation of a dream!”).

Everyone played their part well and I liked Rose Byrne. Her character was more psychotic than Rogen’s and she was also fond of the F word. It was nice to see a woman in a comedy with a bit of spunk, rather than just moaning at her husband’s antics. Both Efron and Franco were ideal as the good looking, arrogant frat boys and Seth Rogen was, Seth Rogen (he just had a baby in this one). 

So why all the grumble? Well many of the jokes were too far-fetched and didn’t feel relevant to the story –  it jumped from one outlandish situation to another. One guy had a 16 inch penis and no-one spoke of a medical condition….

There wasn’t much continuity and forget about character development – many of the supporting cast were only on screen when only absolutely necessary to the plot and at times I forgot who people were. It was also quite an immature movie – which is fine – but then with bizarre sparks of sentimentality that didn’t really work because you already don’t give a shit about the characters.

I was disappointed but that’s not to say it’s all bad. I mean I’ve already mentioned Zac Efron taking his top off but there are funny jokes as well and I did laugh out loud quite a bit. I just knew as I was laughing I probably wouldn’t ever watch it again. Compared to the other two major comedy movies I saw this summer – 22 Jump Street and The Inbetweeners 2 – Bad Neighbours lacks some charm and likeability, but that’s to do with the plot, not the actors and actress who carry it best they can.

But to try and leave this on a positive, happy review note, this was not only the funniest scene of the movie, but one of the funniest scenes that I’ve seen all year – the Robert De Niro Party. Pure psycho madness.

God bless Dave Franco. I wish there could have been more surreal bits like this!

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25 Responses to Bad Neighbours (2014)

  1. Zac Efron and Jeff Goldblum – that’s snog and marry sorted (not sure whos who though).. who’s the avoid?

  2. vinnieh says:

    Haven’t seen this one yet Emma. I can see why you liked it, Zac Efron sans a top.

  3. greendahlias says:

    Did you just hear the news they’re making a part 2. This won’t be good

  4. greendahlias says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that had such high hopes for this movie, only to be disappointed. Other than seeing Zac Efron and his glorious body that was about it.

    • emmakwall says:

      It was very disappointing wasn’t it! It could have been so much better but it was just a bit odd really.

      Zac Efron was THE highlight! Or should I say his body ha ha ha 🙂

      Thanks for your feedback!

  5. Zoë says:

    It must always have a “u”!!!

    I must say I really disliked this. The De Niro party was great, and the missing airbags had me, but aside from that I couldn’t stand this movie at all.

  6. alexraphael says:

    Yes. I spell with a “U” too.

  7. table9mutant says:

    Oh wow. I certainly didn’t love this but did enjoy it more than you did. And that baby was ADORABLE. Nice review. 🙂

  8. He looked much better than James Brolin! Ooo! Mark Wahlberg! Now you’re starting to make me drool!

    • emmakwall says:

      I love Mark Wahlberg!!! In fact, him, Zac Efron and Ryan Reynolds pretty much sum up my celeb crushes!

      I’m not as fussed on Hugh but he is lovely and I’d still not say no! (to dinner) 🙂

  9. It’s too bad this movie turned out poorly. I like Zac Efron but he hasn’t had much luck since High School Musical. I like the Brit spelling of ‘Neighbours’. Much classier looking than the way we Yanks spell it!

    • emmakwall says:

      Oh no I hope it didn’t come across like I was being snobbish about English / Yank spelling ha ha! I wasn’t, and I don’t care about bad English either it just felt wrong spelling it wrong!! 🙂

      Yeah it wasn’t great, it was funny enough but too disjointed and far fetched. Zac Efron was lovely though! (if no-one guessed I thought that…..)

      I see you’ve emailed me too blog buddy, I will reply shortly!

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