Review: Bad Neighbours
CONFESSION time. I was humming and hawing about going to see Bad Neighbours and to be honest the argument that swung it was that Zac Efron gets his top off. There I’ve said it…even though I can’t bring myself to like him since his stint in High School Musical, he does have an unreal body, I’ll give him that.
Now that confessions are out of the way, down to business. Bad Neighbours is about the challenges facing a couple with a newborn baby when a fraternity house unexpectedly moves in next door. This may seem like a typical college plot-line but because it also involves ‘grown ups’ it has a small but pronounced twist on other movies in this genre.
Seth Rogen plays new father Mac Radner and he is perfect for this role. He is the stereotypical first-time dad who dotes on his baby but is finding it hard to let go of his fun, irresponsible life. Rose Byrne plays his wife Kelly who struggles with the boredom of becoming a stay-at-home mum. While I’m sure being a mum is anything but boring I think many mothers can relate to this time in their lives. It must take some adjustment to go from a career to spending all day everyday with a miniature version of yourself who can’t even talk to you yet.
Everything is going swimmingly for them in the beginning – they have a new baby, a new house and a new life. But then disaster strikes. A frat house moves in next door and it is obvious that hilarity will ensure. Teddy (Zac Efron), the president and his right hand man Pete (Dave Franco), are quick to accept the friendship of Mac and Kelly.
However, when promises of keeping the noise down and the parties early don’t materialise, Mac and Kelly quickly go from cool neighbours to enemy number one. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous. From all night parties to calling the cops to a prank involving airbags, the war escalates quickly.
Mac and Kelly draw on the wisdom of their college days to try and destroy the frat but they underestimate the stupidity and total disregard for safety that college students tend to have. It is clear that they see themselves in Teddy and the whole frat and that Teddy especially is looking toward the future when he sees them. It’s a pretty short film with a run time of just 97 minutes but to be honest towards the end, it was running out of steam increasingly quickly.
Honestly I came away from this movie with a bit of a hankering for my college days. The late night partying, stupidity and lack of responsibility that college allows are all epitomised in this film. Bad Neighbours is not for the prudish, not knowing the meaning of the word subtlety when it comes to dick jokes. Forever the stereotypical frat boy, this movie barely bothers to check if its dignity is in place before leaping into the next filthy setup. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Photos c/o movies.ie, thecinemamonster.com