CINEMA REVIEW: Bad Neighbours (15)

Bad Neighbours
Bad Neighbours

The Standard’s resident film reviewer Gavin Miller takes a look at the latest Seth Rogan comedy, which features Zac Efron.

This is arguably the best adult-teen comedy since last year’s We’re the Millers.

Seth Rogen may be a one-trick pony – pretty-much playing the same guy in all his drug and alcohol-fuelled comedies – but with able support from an ever-improving Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, this is above average fare.

This comedy will really hit home with any couple sporting a newborn baby (like myself), as Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) struggle with the pangs of parenthood – battling tiredness to retain any semblance of their youth.

And if being a parent isn’t hard enough, when next door becomes a fraternity house, led by its enigmatic President Teddy (Efron) – who is aided by Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse – their life is turned upside down by the constant around-the-clock partying and noise pollution.

It then turns into a game of tit-for-tat – with the expected hi-jinks ensuing (headlined by a hilarious air bag scene) – as the Radners do the best to get Delta House evicted from the neighbourhood, and in turn the young revellers make their lives a living hell.

With its winning dynamics, along with its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments, Bad Neighbours ends up towards the better Knocked Up and Superbad end of Rogen’s comedy catalogue – and is his best in quite some time.

3/5 stars