NEIGHBORS Blu-Ray Review
(Update: Official synopsis and Blu-ray specs added.)
Neighbors is a new comedy starring Seth Rogen (This is the End), Rose Byrne (Insidious), Zac Efron (That Awkward Moment), and so many other stars and guest stars that you couldn’t count them all on two hands.
By all appearances, new parents Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) are living the American Dream, complete with an adorable baby girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. So when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Efron), they try to play along and make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat’s parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. The neighbors’ relentless sabotage escalates into outrageous one-upmanship, beginning an epic Greek war for the ages.
Ever since the debut of Animal House, we’ve seen many different takes on the “Frat House Party” genre. In most cases, while they can be fun, in the end they’re just not good. Luckily with Neighbors this isn’t the case. Among the actors mentioned above, Neighbors also stars Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Dave Fraco (Now You See Me), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass), and so many other guest stars who all bring something to the table. The movie centers around the couple Mac (Rogan) and Kelly (Byrne) who are trying to adjust to the life of being parents when a fraternity moves in next door. Being the “responsible” parents they are, they talk to the fraternity about keeping it down, but then them being the “hip and cool” parents they believe they are deep down inside, they decide to blend in and join in on the fun. Turns out they’re not cut out for that life after all and decide to call the cops during the next party the fraternity throws. Teddy (Efron) feels betrayed by this and declares war. This is when is starts to get hilarious.
The thing that really surprised me about Neighbors is that it actually has a story deep down at it’s core. It not only focus’ on the couple and them coming to terms with this new life of parenting, but on the frat house and how no matter how big of a party they throw, in a few weeks, none of it will matter. You see Teddy and Pete come to terms with this and how life can’t always be one big party. But with that being said, Neighbors still offers nonstop sexual innuendos, drinking, partying, and jokes. It really captured the essence of the “Frat House Party” genre and brought it into 2014. Even though I wouldn’t condone the behavior in this movie, to say the least, I did really enjoy it and thought it was hilarious. Sure, some of the jokes aren’t flat out, dying of laughter, hilarious, but they are funny.
Yes, I wouldn’t rate this movie on an Oscar worthy level, but if you are looking for a fun Friday night movie to watch, I’d highly recommend it! Lots of jokes, good story, funny characters, and even a little romance, Neighbors offers something for everyone.
Neighbors is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Special features include:
- Deleted/Alternate Scenes
- Gag Reel
- An Unlikely Pair
- Partying with the Neighbors
- On the Set with…
- The Frat