Summer never seems to really start until a hilarious comedy comes along. Neighbors delivers a culture clash backed by consistent laughs that make for a brisk, effective romp. The film centers on Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne), a couple with a newborn baby who face unexpected difficulties when they are forced to live next to a frat house. Teddy (Zac Efron), the President of the fraternity, becomes friends with Mac after partying with the couple and sharing a drug-filled and alcohol-ridden night with them. When Mac gets tired of the partying, though, and calls the cops on Teddy and their buddy, Pete (Dave Franco), an all-out war starts. This is a clash we have not seen before on screen: a couple versus a fraternity makes for a compelling battle, even if it’s filled with immature comedy and gags along the way. Yet I find those funny. Seth Rogen works within this cinematic landscape perfectly, since he is still allowed to be a stoner type due to changing perceptions of marijuana use in film. Neighbors is filled with progressive ideas while simultaneously leaning on old cultural references that make the film an accessibly raunchy endeavor.
Grade: ★★★★ (out of 5)