Seth Rogen is still riding high on the success of his directorial debut (alongside Evan Goldberg) with the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End. That film – in which Rogen and a slew of other celebrities played exaggerated versions of themselves – earned strong reviews and over $100 million at the box office against a modest $32 million production budget and earned strong reviews to boot.
For his follow-up project, Rogen will star alongside Rose Byrne and Zac Efron in Neighbors from director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek). Rogen and Byrne star as a couple with an infant who move into a quiet neighborhood, only to find that a rowdy fraternity led by Efron’s character has moved in next door. Hilarity ensues as an all-out war between the two sets of residents kicks off.
We’ve already gotten our first glimpse at Neighbors with the recent release of the red-band trailer, and now – courtesy of Fandango – we get the tamer green-band edition of the film’s trailer (above).
Aside from a sight gag involving Rogen and Byrne trying to remove a suggestively trimmed bush from the frat boys’ lawn and a bit more of the guys’ Robert De Niro costumes, this new trailer largely features the same footage as its raunchier counterpart. It’s clear from the footage we’ve seen thus far that Stoller and company are almost certainly aiming for a hard R with this one, and it should be fun to see Rogen play off of Byrne, as the latter has proven in the past (exhibit A: Bridesmaids) that she possesses underrated comic timing.
As far as Efron is concerned, the one-time High School Musical heartthrob hasn’t really dabbled in this kind of adult comedy, instead choosing to play it safe with more family-friendly big-screen fare like 17 Again and Hairspray. Taking on this kind of potentially racy role – one which eschews his usual onscreen persona for something a bit darker or, at least, more mischievous – is a bold move on the actor’s part, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he ends up stealing the film.
All in all, Neighbors might not be the most anticipated comedy of summer 2014 (that title is reserved for 22 Jump Street), but it should mark a return to form for Stoller after his last directorial effort, The Five-Year Engagement, underperformed.
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Neighbors is currently set for release on May 9, 2014.