Neighbors pits two new parents played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne against the frat house next door, which is led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco. The red-band teaser for Neighbors showed off some great raunch comedy from this latest film by Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek director Nicholas Stoller, while a green-band teaser offered little more than a less-dirty version of what the red-band teaser showed.
The second Neighbors trailer attempts to flesh out the movie’s hip-vs-square premise with a bit more in the way of actual plot details… and pretty much fails in that attempt.
So far what we have is a flimsy premise (a frat house allowed to open up in a residential neighborhood? Riiiiight….) and a lot of scenes of the squares (Rogen and Byrne) suffering at the hands of the frat; but good comedy this does not necessarily make. While we don’t need a gripping emotional drama or anything, actual relatable details like what the proximity of the frat does to two adults entering the “lameness” of parenthood – or dimensions of these frat boys’ personalities that go beyond the stereotypical – have yet to be presented.
…But then again, how many people are looking for an actual movie with narrative and character development? Epic parties, vicious pranks, gross sex humor and (for the ladies) Zac Efron seem to be enough of a sales pitch. Having Rogen getting beat down (and dropping Se7en quotes) will be equally enticing to certain viewers.
All in all Neighbors doesn’t look too spectacular or too bad; it looks like you’ll get exactly what you pay for if you show up to the theater.
Neighbors hits theaters on May 9, 2014
Source: Yahoo Movies