When I found out I was going to have a chance to attend an advance screening of the movie “Neighbors” I literally jumped for joy. The commercials looked really funny, and I had actually planned on seeing it when it hit theaters on May 9. There was just something about Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in a movie together that really intrigued me.
The advanced screening took place at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater in NYC, and when I got there at around 5:30 p.m. I was told to wait in the press line. At around 6 p.m. I was let into one of the theaters. I’m kind of picky when it comes to picking a seat in the theater, but for some reason I just quickly sat in any ole seat. I had a feeling I was going to be laughing my head off so much with this movie that it didn’t matter where I sat.
A lady sat next to me a few minutes after I sat down, and she told me the reason was because I looked like I wouldn’t talk a lot during the movie. She was right on the money. I barely talk to the person next to me when I’m watching a movie.
The movie started at about 6:30 p.m., and by the time it started a lot of the theater was full. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I will say that the movie is about a fraternity that moves next to this couple that has a baby. As you might have guessed, the fraternity and the couple butt heads on more than one occasion.
I’m happy to report that the laughs kept coming in this movie, and there were times where I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t catch my breath. Some of my favorite moments were the FaceTime scene, the breastfeeding scene, the dance off, the airbag scenes, the epic party scene, the scenes with the cop, etc.. The airbag scenes really had the audience in splits. Just when you thought you had seen the funniest thing in the movie, something even funnier would happen like five minutes later.
I will say that there is some very dirty humor in this movie, and if dirty humor isn’t your thing you might not enjoy the movie as much. There is no way I would see this movie with my parents. *grin*
Zac Efron was awesome, and he played the frat guy role perfectly. I also loved Seth Rogen’s character, and the scenes he shared with Zac Efron. Hopefully, these two guys will do more movies together. Rose Byrne did a really good job as Seth Rogen’s wife in this movie, and I liked the range of emotions that she displayed. James Franco’s brother, Dave, is in this movie, and I also think he played the role of a frat guy brilliantly.
There were times where I was rooting for the frat guys over the couple next door, and there were times I liked the couple next door more than the frat guys. I can’t say there was one character that I liked all throughout the movie nor can I say there was one character that I hated all throughout the movie.
If you’ve been having a stressful day, go see this movie. If you like to laugh, go see this movie. If you’re a fan of anyone in this movie, go see this movie. If you want to see a shirtless Zac Efron, go see this movie. I honestly didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did, and I still giggle when I think about some scenes. Will this movie win an Oscar? Maybe not. But will this movie be well worth 90 minutes of your time? Most definitely!
Make sure to stay in your seats till after the movie ends. You will miss something adorable if you leave as soon as the movie ends.
My rating for this movie: A