There are no plans for the release of “The Interview” in Japan anytime soon, but fans of Seth Rogen who are looking for a fix in the interim could do worse than checking out “Neighbors,” a comedy that feels like a mash-up of two old John Belushi films: “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) and “Neighbors” (1981).
Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne) are a young couple with an infant daughter who face every homeowner’s worst nightmare: a fraternity moving in next door.
The twist is that the parents consider themselves “cool,” and, not wanting to be adult squares, they share a spliff with party-animal frat president Teddy (Zac Efron) and request that he give them a little consideration, which he vaguely agrees to. Several nights of blaring music and drug-fueled madness later, the Radners call the cops, which sets off a grudge match with Teddy that escalates to ridiculously extreme proportions.
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Screenwriters Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen lay on the bro humor pretty thick, and while it’s not as brilliant as their previous stuff (“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), they do hit a few wicked highs here.
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