Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Anthony Price0
The Ultimate Showdown – Bad Neighbours Review
We’ve all been there at some point, awake at 3a.m listening to a raging party next door, all with the knowledge that work starts at 8a.m. It’s no laughing matter. Thankfully the same can’t be said about Seth Rogen’s new movie, Bad Neighbours, which follows what happens when the house next door goes up for sale and Mac and Kelly Radner (Rogen and Byrne) hope for neighbours who could become pals. Instead they get a frat house, with whom they’re initially friendly, until a misunderstanding sparks a battle that quickly gets out of hand. Here’s the trailer bellow.
As you can see from the trailer there’s plenty of laugh-out-loud moments dotted throughout the film, many of which that’ll have you falling off of your seat. It’s great to have a true comedy movie in the cinema again after the disappointing Kevin Hart vehicle, Ride Along, at the beginning of the year. Here none of the potential is wasted. The plot is easy to follow and the cast do a great job in their respective roles with some really great chemistry at work, particularly between Zac Effron and Dave Franco. I’d really like to see these two together again. However, despite this being an enjoyable laugh-out-loud comedy, it does still have a few faults that need to be addressed.
A lot of the scenes, although well shot, seem a little disjointed and off the cuff. This often gives the effect that the film is made up of a series of sketches rather than a linear plot. At times this also makes it difficult for the audience to care about the characters, or the situations they find themselves in. Again, this isn’t helped by the fact that said characters never seem to progress beyond their two dimensional remit.
Bad Neighbours, like most films, has its faults. But this film has more than enough laughs in it to make up for any issues. In my opinion, this is a great year for comedy, a genre that’s had a lot of duds over the last few years. This film certainly isn’t one of those and is possibly even an outside contender for comedy of the year.
Until next time…Keep consuming.
Score = 3/5