458. Bad Neighbours

Background info

458-bad-neighboursTitle: Bad Neighbours
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 37m

“Seth Rogan stars in this comedy about a father who has his life upended when a frat house run by an obnoxious student (Zac Efron) moves in next door. This results in an epic battle of wills. The Muppets’ Nicholas Stoller directors, Seth Rogen produces, with script by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Ike Barhinholtz.”

Live blog

3:20 – Moving into suburbia really is admitting you’re grown up. See: Friends.
6:43 – “Who looks at the other people when they Facetime?”
12:13 – I’m just wondering that if Zac Efron and Dave Franco were my neighbours, they could be as loud as they want. I’d just podcast somewhere else.
15:56 – Oh god, fraternities are awful!
20:17 – They’re having a Batman-off! Hey, I’m Batman!
25:04 – Scary policeman saying “Never call us again” is scary.
27:41 – I don’t think I ever want to buy a house.
29:52 – Phoebe!
31:42 – The Dean thing has always confused me too.
33:39 – Not quite the film debut 3D printing might have wanted, but yay!
37:16 – Rose Byrne is a lot more awesome than I thought.
39:22 – I would suck at dance offs too, unless there are premeditated steps.
42:41 – I don’t think I would last long at the neon party thing either, it’s boggling my mind.
48:54 – Mom-tipping!
57:43 – “Oh god, he looks like JJ Abrams.”
59:14 – “We never planned for nice.”
1:03:45 – The airbag thing is ridiculously good.
1:13:45 – “Who makes flyers anymore?”
1:17:37 – The friend tiptoeing is amazing. Hands up, weird face.
1:28:50 – “It escalated really quickly.” Understatement of the year!
1:32:10 – Amazing credits!

Conclusions

I don’t think this was a film I was eagerly awaiting, but after seeing the trailer, I was keen to see Zac Efron (I mean, you know), and I have a growing affection for Rose Byrne too. The film was so much funnier than I thought it was going to be. It got off to a really slow start, a lot of nonsense setting up the almost ideal life of Rose and Seth, with their baby daughter.

Then, of course, Zac Efron and Dave Franco move in next door and life can never be the same again. I mean, it wouldn’t be, would it? Some of it was a bit crude, as you might imagine of a frat house, but mostly I thought it was hilarious. The bit with the airbags, I really loved that. I might need a gif of it. Also, the Robert Di Niro outfits. Genius.

Overall lots of fun, very re-watchable, and perfect to enjoy with a beer in hand.

Rating: 4/5

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