Bad Neighbours – comedy film review
To be honest, THIS is probably the best thing in the whole movie. And hey that does NOT mean I’m slating the movie. I mean, that scene is pretty fucking epic. We have a lot of room for manoeuvre, that’s all I’m saying.
Right. So. Anyway. 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 frat boys (led by Zac Efron and Dave Francon – those naughty boys!) 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 (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. I mean it’s fun enough and watchable because (Zac Efron gets his top off) there are some funny jokes and a nice enough cast buuuuut the storyline and character development was so sketchy and to be honest SILLY, that I was never able to believe in it enough. 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 fucking what mate?
I suppose I’m being somewhat unfair and maybe I’m just not the biggest fan of these type of comedies. Thinking about it coherently, I loved Zoolander and that was um, pretty fucking silly.
And everyone played their part well to be fair. I liked Rose Byrne. 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 both Efron and Franco were ideal as the good looking, arrogant frat boys. Seth Rogen was, Seth Rogen (he just had a baby in this one).
It as just that a lot of the jokes felt massively too far-fetched and not relevant to the story – it jumped from one outlandish situation to another. McLovin from Superbad was in it too 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.
Just thought I’d throw that in.
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 funny moments and I did laugh out loud a few times. I just knew as I was laughing I probably wouldn’t ever watch it again or at least in a hurry.
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.