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Neighbors (2014) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco

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When a rambunctious fraternity moves next door to two new parents, they must find a way to get them out of the neighborhood. Mac and Kelly are new parents, getting accustomed to life with a baby in their home. Before having a child, they were party animals, and they still fancy themselves to be party machines, yet sex is constantly interrupted by their child, and invitations to go out with their crazy friends Jimmy and Paula end with them passing out from fatigue before they can even step out the door. To make matters worse, a fraternity, Delta Psi, buys the house next door and settles into the neighborhood. At first, they get along just fine-- Mac and Kelly ask the head of the fraternity, Teddy, to keep it down at night due to their child, and he agrees, giving them his phone number and asking them to please never call the police on them. When Teddy's first party gets too loud, Mac and Kelly go over to ask them to keep it down, but they end up staying and having a great night. However, the next night, Teddy throws another loud bash, and Mac and Kelly are still tired from the night before. Worse, they are unable to reach Teddy on his phone, so they call the police, thinking they can place an anonymous tip, but when the cop tells Teddy that his neighbors are the ones who called him, it breaks Teddy's trust in Mac and Kelly. The fraternity begins torturing the couple, littering their yard with beer cans, toilet paper, and, in one instance, a used condom. Everything Mac and Kelly try, from complaining to the other neighbors to the dean of the school to sabotaging the fraternity house in hopes of making them lose their party money, doesn't work. They eventually succeed in getting Teddy on probation, which infuriates him, as he believes his legacy is to throw the best party the fraternity has ever seen. The second-in-command at the fraternity and Teddy's best friend, Pete, urges Teddy to realize that there's more to life than partying, and he should focus on his schoolwork. This betrayal infuriates Teddy even more, so when Mac and Kelly try to make things right, Teddy vows to never stop harassing them and threatens to turn their baby daughter into the type of girl who would frequent their parties. This galvanizes Mac and Kelly into putting an end to Teddy once and for all. They create a fake letter from the dean saying that parties are allowed again, and they successfully gather most of the city into their first party back, making it impossible for Teddy to stop the party once he realizes what Mac and Kelly have done. Just to make sure they get the job done, Kelly fires a firework into a police car, which seals the deal. The dean disbands the fraternity, Delta Psi loses the house, and Mac and Kelly get their peace and quiet back. Later, Mac finds Teddy working as a male model, and they forgive each other. We end with seeing that Mac and Kelly no longer have the urge to return to their party days-- they have accepted being happy with their new lives as parents.
Best part of story, including ending: This is a terrific comedy, one of the better ones in years, that manages to be raunchy and outrageous but still character-driven and well-thought-out.

Best scene in story: In order to distract Teddy from finding Mac and Kelly at the final party, their friend Jimmy volunteers to distract him by jumping off of the top story, which injures him badly.

Opinion about the main character: Mac and Kelly feel what a lot of people in their early 30s might: the urge to stay young, but life roping them into become square old people. This is very sympathetic to anyone who has ever hit that point in their lives, and they make for great heroes as a result.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar





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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Comedy or Parody about    -   teens acting dopey How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   salesman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--men    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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