Director: Nick Stoller
Stars: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Ike Barinholtz
I haven't seen a theater audience laugh so often and so loudly since I first saw Superbad on opening night. Neighbors is that goddamn funny.
Bold prediction alert: It'll be incredibly difficult for any movie to best director Nick Stoller's (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) latest Hollywood comedy. The premise is simple enough: A married couple (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) are dealing with a newborn baby in quaint suburbia when a noisy, rambunctious fraternity moves in next door, led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco as its two alpha males. At first, the older folks try partying with the greeks, but they ultimately can't hang and call the cops on their neighbors. From there, it's a back-and-forth battle of pranks and sabotage.
With an ensemble devoid of any weak links (Byrne and Franco, in particular, shine throughout), Neighbors makes the most of its promising set-up and achieves a kind of Animal House-by-way-of -em>The-Burbs mania. It's that rare starry, mainstream comedy where none of the jokes fall flat. In other words, it's something of a Hollywood miracle. -Matt Barone