Movie Review : Bad Neighbours


Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) are new parents who have just bought their dream home in a very quiet, very grown up neighbourhood. They are already struggling with their new parental responsibilities, particularly Byrne who is bored and lonely at home with her young baby. So when a fraternity moves in next door, the couple try dealing with it in a very cool, casual way. They approach the Fraternity President Teddy (Efron) and he promises to ‘keep it down’. The frat boys decide the best course of action is to keep ‘the oldies’ on side so Mac and Kelly are invited in to party one night. They bond and things look promising ….

But this is a frat house and eventually the police are called. The police tell the frat boys who dobbed them in (I mean, would they really do that? I dont think so ….) and war is all but declared.

The frat boys amps up its partying leaving the sleep deprived and, it must be said, more than slightly envious Radners despairing of ever finding peace again. Once they discover all frat houses must abide by a three strikes and your out policy, they turn devious and plot to move the frat boys out once and for all.

First of all, it was so cool that Rose Byrne was allowed to keep her Aussie accent. YAY!! I wish it happened more often. Byrne was really funny and I loved the Aussie-ness of her character. She had great chemistry with Rogen but her strength was as the frazzled young mum trying to deal with life at home alone with a baby.

Rogen was……well he was Rogen. He doesnt stray much from type in his movie’s which is starting to hinder him and be just a tad boring. His schtick is funny but it’s wearing thin when it’s all there ever is. I would love to see him take a deep breath and follow in, say, Jonah Hill’s footsteps and take a chance.

Efron impresses as a cocky young frat guy with some hidden depths. His genuine concern for a young pledge and his real disappointment when a ‘brother’ betrays him belies some heart underneath that strut. Young Zac is growing up very nicely indeed….. and dont get me started on the voice….


This is a young person’s movie. It has some genuinely funny moments…. when the adorable baby Stella kept turning and smiling at her parents as they were trying to have sex…….just hilarious and something many of us can relate too. There were some cringe worthy gags as well….. a group of bad De Niros is painful to watch. But I found myself laughing along with everyone else. This will not be to everyone’s taste so if you think you wont like it, your probably wont.

For the rest of us…… yeah why not 😉

Love Flick xx

Director :   Nicholas Stoller

Starring :   Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Elise Vargas, Zoey Vargas, Dave Franco, Halston Sage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo

Running Time :  96 minutes

Release Date :  1 May 2014


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