Bad Neighbours (2014)


Bad Neighbours – comedy film review

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So in a totally shallow (and pedantic) way, this scene is probably the best thing in the whole movie. And whilst not the biggest of insults – this scene is pretty fucking epic after all (heart shaped eyeballs) – there is not a lot else going on.

I had fairly high hopes for Bad Neighbours. And yes I’m spelling it the English way because I can’t bring myself to leave out the “u”. Pretty decent cast twinned with an irreverent, fun story-line equaling light hearted fun (plus Zac Efron topless). Sounded alright.

The story follows new parents Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) who are horrified when they discover a group of frat boys (led by those naughty lads Zac Efron and Dave Franco) have moved in next door, shaking both noise levels and the paranoia the couple have associated with having a baby and ‘getting old’.

It is a little odd seeing Seth Rogen playing the ‘concerned dad’ but he does eat pizza in bed, wear a comedy (using the term lightly) t-shirt and puff on a bong so it’s definitely still him. Listen I’m sure he’s a nice bloke but christ do we need much more of it?

Unfortunately Bad Neighbours misses the mark really – for me anyway. I mean it’s fun enough and watchable because Zac Efron gets his top off but the storyline and character development was so sketchy and to be honest SILLY, that I was never able to believe in it enough – or at all. 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. You what mate?

I suppose I could be accused of being somewhat unfair and maybe I’m just not the biggest fan of these type of comedies. But thinking about it coherently I love Zoolander and that was pretty fucking silly.

For the positive part (and not just STDs) – everyone played their part well. I liked Rose Byrne barbecue her character was more psychotic than Rogen’s and she was also fond of the F word (FUCK!). It was nice to see a woman in a comedy with a bit of spunk, rather than just moaning at her husband’s antics.

And of course  Efron and Franco were ideal as the good looking, arrogant frat boys. Seth Rogen was playing himself as usual Seth but he just had a baby this time.

It’s just that a lot of the jokes felt way too far-fetched and not relevant to the story –  it jumped from one outlandish situation to another. McLovin from Superbad was in it and he had a 16 inch penis. What is that, like a medical condition or supposed to be funny or…? I don’t get it.

So anyway yeah I was slightly 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 of course funny moments and it would be churlish to say otherwise. I just knew (as I was laughing) I probably wouldn’t ever watch it again.

But to try and leave this on a positive (not STDs) happy 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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30 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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