Hello ladies and gentlemen, time for the first of two film reviews today and it is a COMEDY DOUBLE! OH! Now this is a big deal because anyone who reads this blog knows I’m not keen on comedies, but I’m open to comedy films if they look funny. So the first review comes in the form of Bad Neighbours, a film I wanted to watch because I heard good things from early reviews and the trailers looked good. So how does the film fare? Well read on and find out.
Here’s the story summary:
Mac and Kelly Radner are a young couple, they are suffering from arrested development and have to care for their newborn baby and for the most part their lives stable if somewhat boring. Things change dramatically when the couple are forced to live next to a fraternity house lead by Teddy Sanders, a young, out-going and crazy student who is ready to party on a hardcore level. Obviously these two are from different worlds and they start to clash in various and funny ways.
The story was somewhat unique but also familiar. Basically you have two opposing forces that are forced into the same space, they are on totally different wavelengths, so obviously they are gonna clash and that’s where the fun lies in this film. While I understand and naturally want Mac and Kelly to get their way, I was way more invested and interested in Teddy and his fraternity because they were so crazy, obnoxious and silly. Plus being a university student I could relate to their party antics too haha. This film just has an incredible sense of modern times in there with the dialogue, pop culture references, partying and music, and that made the film incredibly easy to relate to. I also like how there is a bit of heart to this comedy, I mean most comedy films don’t rely on jokes alone and have to present something else which is normally some emotional component and in this case it is a subplot involving Teddy and I really liked that inclusion.
As for the cast they were all pretty good. First there’s Seth Rogen as Mac Radner, now I make it no secret that I dislike this man with a passion, but in this film he was tolerable. Sure he’s still doing all of his Seth Rogen-based things but I think the material Rogen was working with is better than some of his previous films, his comedic timing is good and he was at times kind of funny. Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner is also good, I haven’t seen Byrne in a film since X-Men: First Class, but luckily she’s versatile as she is funny and has good chemistry with Rogen. She is also pretty hot in this film, however I don’t feel like all of her funny moments connected as well as Rogen’s.
But the stand out person for me was Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders. Now I’ve been a fan of Efron since Me and Orson Wells and since then the guy has gone on to become so much more than that boy from High School Musical. In this film Efron is on fire, the dude is funny and has such a great screen presence, Teddy is a cool, handsome, brash and somewhat selfish guy who lives in the moment and whats to party hard while at university. Whether Teddy is butting heads with his neighbours or messing around with his boys he is a joy to watch and for the ladies they’ll probably love seeing him topless throughout the film. Dave Franco as Pete Regazolli is another one of my favourite people from this film, he’s Teddy’s second-in-command, he is just as crazy as Teddy but has some weirder qualities. Pete is really funny, but also pretty smart and the most logical of his frat boys. Franco and Efron have great t chemistry together and I loved their friendship, it was way more endearing than Mac and Kelly (probably because I’m a young person who loves a bit of bromance haha).
There were other good performances from Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie (even though he was very underused), Lisa Kudrow was funny as Carol Gladstone, Jerrod Carmichael was great as Garf, Hannibal Buress was a combination of being funny and weird as Officer Watkins and lastly Craig Roberts as Assjuice was delightful, Roberts has come such a long way since The Story of Tracy Beaker and he had a lovely part in this film.
In conclusion Bad Neighbours is fun comedy that works mainly due to it’s really great work from the cast, good verbal and physical jokes and a story that has substance and reliability. Not all of the jokes work and a fair amount of them felt like I’d seen them before. Plus the film wasn’t nearly as funny as I had hoped and I probably won’t watch it again, but for what it was and considering how much I hate Seth Rogen, this was a good time.
So what did you think of Bad Neighbours? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review which will be up straight after this one! 😀