Bad Neighbours

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Bad Neighbours is one of the funniest films I’ve seen at the cinema in recent times, a superb showcase of escalating humour. The film introduces us to Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne), a young couple who’ve just had a baby and live in a seemingly idyllic residential neighbourhood. That all changes when a fraternity moves in next door, led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco, and they’re as raucous as fraternities come. Initially, Mac and Kelly try to befriend the neighbours but this doesn’t last long and the comedy really kicks in as each household tries to outdo each other; the fraternity trying to make the couple’s lifes a misery, the couple trying to get the fraternity kicked out.

The film works so well because the simple premise provides great scope for humorous situations, and because Efron and Rogen are well matched competitors, with Efron showing off some really strong comedic acting chops. The supporting cast is strong, albeit not always utilised to their full potential, and there are some really big laughs throughout. Like most films these days, the trailer slightly spoils some of the funniest moments, but there’s enough in the locker here to overcome that – recommended.

Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ike Barinholtz, Halston Sage, Craig Roberts and Carla Gallo

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