I saw this movie when it first came out on digital because it looked funny and had good reviews. I remember thinking it was okay, but not much more than that. I decided to re-watch it due to the upcoming sequel, and I think that I liked it more this time than last time.
At its heart, this film is a college party comedy meets a fish out of water comedy. If you watch it as that, it has some really funny parts, however it is not thoroughly consistent, and some of the gags are too stretched out. This film, however, is also a surprisingly philosophical coming-of-age tale, both of Efron's character and the characters of Rogen and Byrne. If you watch it for this, even more of the film is funny, and you can truly appreciate the writing of the film.
I personally am not a fan of Zac Efron, however this is probably one of his best performances. During the party and prank scenes, he feels very natural, however during the deeper, more philosophical moments, he feels like he is just reading lines. Seth Rogen is the typical Seth Rogen, however his goofiness really fits the role. Dave Franco and Rose Byrne are actually really impressive and funny in their supporting roles, delivering some of the funniest moments of the film.
So overall, "Neighbors" is a surprisingly deep, funny movie. It's certainly not for everyone, however if you like Seth Rogen's style of humor, it's very good. If you plan to check out the sequel, definitely check out this one first.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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