Neighbors Moves into Theatres
BY REID PERKINS ON MAY 16, 2014
There are good neighbors, bad neighbors and neighbors in between. There are neighbors that play in the garden and neighbors that play the drums, there are neighbors that have sunday afternoon golf channel naps, and neighbors that have semi weekly ragers, and that’s exactly what Nicholas Stoller’s newest box office movie was. “Neighbors” was like the neighbor that isn’t bad or annoying, but doesn’t leave brownies on your doorstep on your birthday; it was the neighbor that you wave to every morning while getting the paper, but always have to wonder if he remembers your name. So he’s not that great.
After rigging the system to get the I.D.less Reid into the movie and spending 14 dollars on popcorn and the world’s largest slurpee, we were ready to go. After watching all the trailers, expectations were high and the suspense was real. The hilarity of the commercials really hyped this up to be a great movie. But thats all it was: hype.
The flick starts out alright; the new homeowners, Mac Radner (Seth Rogen), Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) and their newborn are finally adjusted to their new neighborhood when a move in truck pulls up to the house next door. Now, most girls would be okay with Zac Efron’s fraternity moving in next door, but this is a different story. The neighbors start out as pals when the Radner’s find their inner college bum, but when they call the cops on Delta Si for being too loud, the battle begins. Airbags were stolen, basements were flooded, and relationships were broken, along with our expectations. Now, don’t get us wrong, the cast was phenomenal, there were a few memorable one liners, but in the end, we both agreed on a rating of “Mehh”. The moments that would have made it perfect were the scenes shown in the commercials, making it one of “those movies”. It was full of chuckles and giggles but it was lacking in the laugh out loud moments. We were looking forward to a movie that would give us a six pack while tears rolled down our faces from laughing so hard. But instead we were left with broken hearts and empty wallets.
Overall, the director didn’t do a great job utilizing the great cast he had. It was moderately funny and would definitely make for a good movie night, but it was no High School Musical or 21 Jump Street.