Neighbors - Recap Review

What's good

- Fun premise gives a lot of comedic potential
- Some great raunchy humor and gags
- Great casting choices and performances by Zac Efron and Dave Franco
- Nice and subtely played serious themes about growing up and taking responsibility

What's bad

- Inconsistent comedy-tone switching from raunchy to extremely tame/lame
- Some of the jokes fall pretty flat
(- Most actually good gags come from the young actors)


- How and when do those students actually get some studying done?!

The Verdict

Neighbors is a mixed-bag of a comedy. Though it boasts a simple, yet very fun looking premise with a lot of comedic potential, it only effectively takes advantage of it half the time.
With that said, Neighbors is a pretty typical Seth Rogen comedy mostly filled with jokes about alcohol, drugs, sex and similar things, that happen to just as often hit the right notes as they tend to miss them.
Therefore, as in every Seth Rogen flick, Neighbors' comedy wants to "shock-entertain" its audience, whereas it often still tends to back-paddle all of a sudden with tame jokes for a more conservative audience (mostly delivered by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) that sadly fall pretty flat and don't coincide well with the harsher comedy. The result is an overall inconsistent comedic tone.
It's a no-brainer, that most viewers will obviously laugh at the raunchier jokes of the movie, which have the slightly upper hand and are mostly centered around the wild student neighbors lead by Zac Efron.
And while Neighbors without any doubt wants to be held up by main actor Seth Rogen, his performance is easily outplayed by the great and dynamic performances of Zac Efron and Dave Franco.

Non-fans of Seth Rogen's trademark comedic style surely won't convert after watching Neighbors, while Rogen fans will eventually find plenty to enjoy in this inconsistent, yet still ultimately entertaining comedy.
Though it is hard to completely recommend Neighbors as a "must-see-in-theaters", it without any doubt has enough going for it to ensure a nice and entertaining evening.


Final Verdict: 5 out of 10

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