Neighbors (2014)

Pros
  • Ike Barinholtz is great as a supporting cast member
  • Good choice of songs used
  • Great visuals from within the fraternity, strobe lights, glow sticks, etc
  • Zac Efron really proves he can do comedy well
  • Fraternity life and language are entertaining and spot-on
  • Great cameos presented through flashbacks
  • Rose Byrne is great and just as funny as her male leads, if not better
  • Robert De Niro Party! (there is something ridiculously hilarious about this concept)
  • .....Petes' unique talent....
  • There are plenty of antics and attacks on one another to keep the movie moving along
  • The Batman scene!
  • Bromance galore, these guys could not seem more 'frat', it is exactly what it was like

Cons
  • Very vulgar dialogue, some necessary, some not
  • The movie relies on a lot of crude scenes and jokes (just a few too many, unfortunately)
  • Some scenes grow weary from actors hit or miss jokes
  • 3rd Act is disappointing, not as 'grand' as it is built up to be
  • Trailer gives away too many key moments
  • Film tries for a sentimental lesson at the end of the movie and it falls flat, clearly this isn't a movie about morals
  • Storyline rushed in certain places

Score: 7/10

One of the better comedies released in years, but still no match for the king of college comedies, Old School. Good comedy is tough to come by, but this is a solid entry in a year that has given us some very entertaining comedy movies. When compared to other college comedies of recent years, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street the movie actually stands pretty tall. 21 Jump Street is still the best comedy movie of the past 5 years, but Neighbors is definitely ahead of its sequel, 22 Jump Street.




Neighbors (2014) on IMDb

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