It has been a long time (at least a couple of years) that I have been waiting for a movie the way I was waiting for Neighbors. I saw the trailer for it about four months before it came out and I have been counting down since. I am happy to see that Friday afternoon, the day it came out, my movie loving group headed out to see Neighbors.
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Neighbors is directed by Nicholas Stoller (Fun With Dick and Jane, Yes Man). Neighbors is written by Andrew J. Cohen (Funny People and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Brendan O’Brien (American Storage and The 40-year-old virgin).
We begin seeing a happy couple Mac (played by Seth Rogan, This Is the End and Knocked Up) and Kelly (played by Rose Byrne, The Internship and Damages) Radner taking care of their daughter Stella (who by the way takes the cute factor of being a baby to a whole new level). They notice that someone may be buying the house next to theirs. The following day (or so it seems) that a moving truck shows up next door. And what is coming out? A frat of course, Delta Psi Beta, run by Teddy Sander (played by Zac Efron, Hairspray and That Awkward Moment) and Pete (played by Dave Franco, 21 Jump Street and Warm Bodies). This is a less than stellar moment for Mac and Kelly. All they see are crazy parties and loud noises. So they come up with a plan, make themselves look cool and go over to talk to the guys.
They go over, introduce themselves to the guys and their girlfriends, even offering a joint for a welcome. They of course point out the obvious, with the baby and ask that even if they party to…
“Ya know, keep it down.” – Kelly Radner
The guys agree that they will do what they can and if there’s a problem to let them know. And to NOT call the cops. They meet Brooke (played by Halston Sage, The Bling Ring and Grown Ups 2), who is dating Teddy. Two of the other frat seniors, Scoonie (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kick Ass and Pitch Perfect) and Garf (played by Jerrod Carmichael, Axe Cop and The Goodwin Games). All seems to be cool and Mac and Kelly head home. The same night, the first big party of the year starts. And it’s loud (because hello why wouldn’t it be?). Kelly and Mac agree that Stella is probably going to wake up at some point and they need to ask them to turn down the music.
After talking to Teddy, the music is turned down and they are invited inside to the party (they have a baby monitor so if Stella wakes they’ll be fine). There are several odd and awkward moments that happen including some drugs and over-sharing. It’s the light of the next day and after Mac and Teddy discuss having walkie-talkies to talk from their houses, they go home.
The idea of Teddy inviting them to the party is to keep things cool between them. All seems good and that they can keep things cool. A few nights later, the party is once again in full swing and the noise is once again a problem, this time actually waking Stella. Mac tries to call Teddy and tell him but it doesn’t work out, in the end they call the cops. When a cop does show up, he comes up with Teddy to their door and asks if they were the ones that called about the noise. This is where problems begin because Teddy is disappointed in them for calling the cops and that their trust has been destroyed.
Officer Watkins: You called about your neighbors?
Mac Radner: No.
Officer Watkins: We have caller ID, we’re cops, everybody has caller ID.
The battles begin. The parties continue to be loud and go through most of the nights. Mac and Kelly come up with plans to take the frat out to try and get them to move. They break the water-line pipe into their house and have it flood the basement. In order to make the repairs, the guys make molds of their dicks to sell and of course they make more money than they need to get the repairs done. The parties continue and after Stella finds a condom in the yard, Mac and Kelly go to the Dean to talk about the problems. This doesn’t go well, the Dean only cares about the image the frat gives the college, they only have one strike against them.
With that Mac and Kelly look into selling their home. They are told that they can’t even begin to sell their house for a good price and the frat boys pock their heads through the open window. They are dressed in costumes, they’re throwing a Robert De Niro party.
All of the things that Mac and Kelly try to get the frat gone don’t go well. And the frat continues to party and cause problems. It becomes clear that they need to do something quite dirty, they need to destroy the “Bro Code”. They get inside of a party the frat is throwing and Kelly has a mission, they know that Pete has a crush on Brooke and they want to get them to hook-up. Kelly pulls Brooke and Pete aside while Mac has a dance battle with Teddy. After a few shots and some flirting and kissing, Pete and Brooke head up stairs. Teddy sees them and when Pete tries to explain a fight begins. And after destroying some property and hurting some people, the frat has reached it’s second strike.
The guys are forced to cancel their end of the year party (one that would make them legends at the frat) and keep the parties more level in fear of the Dean shutting them down. Teddy and Pete make up after some awkward rhyming about “bros before hoes” and all seems to be good. Except one thing, the frat is out to make Mac and Kelly see the error of their ways, stealing the airbags out of their cars and setting them off in random objects. Kelly and Mac fight and the frats begins to fell bad about what they’ve done and Pete is looking to the future after the frat. Teddy however seems stuck in the now and doesn’t have plans (and doesn’t go to any classes either).
One last trick by Kelly and Mac is to get one of the pledges to turn on the boys. They want to break evidence that the frat is hazing. However the guy they choose breaks and tells Teddy everything. Not good, not good at all. But just when you think Kelly and Mac are out of ideas, they come up with a way to let the frat have one last party to make it their last one ever, to end the frat for good. They send a letter to the frat saying they are off probation and the guys instantly begin their end of the year party (the biggest one yet). All seems to be going well and the cops are called and just when it seems like things are going to be good, the guys break up the party just as the cops show up.
There’s a fight between Mac and Teddy when they break into the house to cause some noise and to make the party start up again. And after an unfortunate firework instance, the cop that did come calls in some back-up. The party has started up again and while Teddy knows they’re screwed, he tells Pete to go. Pete has a chance, Teddy is ready to face the music for all of the things he’s done. Teddy is arrested and the frat is shut down.
Four months later, we see Mac shopping where he sees Teddy outside of an Ambercrombie & Fitch store as a shirtless model. The two of them talk and Mac even takes off his shirt. They apologize to each other for the things that happened and part friends.
Overall the movie is full of hard laughs and many eye-brow raising moments. You need to keep in mind the rating but all of it is in good fun. There is a little bit of a plot but mostly there isn’t one. However, I did greatly enjoy the movie and I recommend seeing it. I give it 8 out of 10 stars. I take 2 stars off for a couple of things I didn’t need to say and the little plot it had. I recommend you see it, whether it’s DVD or in the theater, it’s not one to pass up.