Bad Neighbours Review

We’ll probably never see this sort of thing in Singapore but imagine if you had a fret house for neighbours. For the record, I want to be in the fret house.

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The Plot

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.

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The Verdict

Considering that I’m in my 30s and I have siblings 10 years younger than me, I can somehow relate to the characters. Don’t we all want to ask ourselves that question of whether we are still hip and cool and in some way try to connect with the younger generation even though in our heads we’re saying “what the heck is with these young people”…….that’s life!

I have to say I really enjoyed this movie because it was a nice surprise. Seth Rogen for one doesn’t over do it like he did in Green Hornet (you know what I’m getting at) and Rose Byrne is just adorable in this one. But the the scene stealers have to be the kids in this one. Zac Efron and Dave Franco were hilarious. I totally loved the chemistry between these two and I’m not sure about you but have you ever been in a fret house and have had that desire to just party all night or to throw a bigger party than the one before?

The usual questions always pop up, which is more important? To study or party? About going too far when you should focus on what’s important. And the adults get sucked into this immature battle with their neighbours because they’ve got something to prove themselves.

The jokes I’ll admit aren’t the most fantastic but the execution is to be admired. They come at you quick and fast and you move on after a big laugh without too much time to think about it and that’s why it works so well. A couple of nice generation references as well.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Stand out moment in the script, which gives acknowledgment of how often women in comedies are the voice of reason.

“Haven’t you ever seen a Kevin James movie?” Mac demands when asking why his wife hasn’t nagged him into better behavior. “I’m allowed to be the irresponsible one!” she yells back.

By Elliott Danker

Bad Neighbours opens in cinemas 8 May 2014

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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