Bad Neighbours (aka Neighbors)

Dir: Nicholas Stoller, 2014

4/10

Generally, when Seth Rogan adorns the poster of a film, or it proudly states that he was involved with the creative process, you can be sure that you’re in for ninety plus minutes of crap. Well, Bad Neighbours is no different and continues down that well tread path.

Thankfully, this outing for the bearded gimp isn’t quite as untenable as some of his other output like Superbad or Sausage Party. It’s not great, not by a long shot, but it is more bearable than many other logs that he’s laid.

Mac Radner (Rogan) and his Australian wife, Kelly (Rose Byrne) live a quiet life with their baby daughter, Stella. However, a fraternity moves in next door and interrupts their serenity.

After several nights of loud parties, the couple call the police to sort the situation. This triggers a feud between the two houses, with each side trying to outdo the other.

It’s not an original plot, by any means. Two parties sabotaging the other’s, is as old as cinema itself so Bad Neighbours doesn’t feel fresh, just a tired rehash.

There’s nothing wrong with reusing tried and tested formulas, providing they can still fulfil their intentions. This film fails on nearly every level.

Seth Rogan is Seth Rogan in any film he does. The man has zero personality or any semblance of likeable screen presence. Every role consists of him taking drugs of some form or another. Whether it be marijuana or magic mushrooms, Rogan’s character can be seen chugging on an illicit narcotic.

Aside from the legalisation of marijuana agenda that the film carries, Bad Neighbours does have the odd laugh and raises the occasional smile.

Rose Byrne is excellent as Rogan’s wife, Kelly and is by far the best thing about the film. As an immature and irresponsible character, Byrne generates a likeability that is quirky and endearing.

True to real life, Bad Neighbours depicts the fraternity as annoying and imbecilic yobs. An ironic piece of characterisation as college fraternities are supposed to be the elite of intelligence, yet they lack the most common sense.

A mildly amusing comedy that is as forgettable as it is unoriginal.

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