When I saw the trailer for “Bad Neighbours”, it was an instant sell. It was not just because of the noticeably original plot of a feud between a young family and a fraternity bent on ego-driven neighbourhood supremacy. My motivation for seeing Bad Neighbour was purely driven by my loyalty to Seth Rogen and a desire to see whether he had the ability to live up to the predecessor films, which built his career, and that of his entourage. Stoner Classics such as Superbad and Pineapple Express, have built the careers of actors like Jonah Hill and James Franco. However, it seems the blockbuster train has left Seth behind, and he needs to find a way back on board that choo-choo, to solidify his once-promising career.
“Bad Neighbours” is centred around Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne), a thirty-something married couple with a young baby, adapting to life in the suburbs. All possibilities of normality are thrown out the window when Terry Sanders (Zac Efron) and his fraternity take up residence next door. After one incident involving noise control, an all out war between the two generations begins. An ambitious frat army with an unbreakable code of loyalty that have their sights set on shindig legacy is unleashed versus the natural protective instincts of an established family unit, living out their days of mediocrity.
Bad Neighbours is a film that will entertain the masses, it is riddled with humour typical of a Seth Rogen film and studded with great pop culture references. One scene in particular is the “Robert De Niro Party” in which Pete (Dave Franco) gives a convincing impression of Robert De Niro from Meet the Parents whilst getting under the skin of Mac and Kelly. He, and the entire frat, are suited in Robert De Niro attire, using appropriate de Niro props and speaking his quotes creates ironic hysterics for fans of De Niro films. However the film falls short of typical Seth Rogen glory. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reason. It may be that as age is catching up with him as he may need to reassess his projects and consider writing and collaborating with Judd Apatow to retain his former glory.