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Neighbors (1/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 96 minutes.

Not for children.

If you arenít funny and canít write or direct, put in lots of scenes that will appeal to 15 year old boys to try to make them titter in embarrassment with sexual themes. That makes them feel sexually wise and adult. Thatís what  writers (Andrew J. Cohen and Brenden OíBrien) and director (Nicholas Stoller) do here which telegraphs their lack of confidence in their talent by relying on cheap sex jokes and foul language as a substitute for humor.

Aimed at a high school intellect that has just discovered sex, this has little appeal for anyone who can qualify as an adult. Everyone throws F-bombs in virtually every sentence, but that should come as no surprise to followers of Seth Rogen who apparently wonít read a script unless itís loaded with the F-word. But it seems especially inappropriate when Rose Byrne, who looks like a sweet young mother, populates her vocabulary with the word almost constantly, also.

There are a lot of disgusting rutting scenes as well as hordes of college kids partying. How many times can a director put shots of a naked man on top of a naked woman highlighted by his rear end going up and down? This is entertainment?

But itís not just stupid, itís irresponsible. Itís about a young couple, Rogen and Byrne, who live in a house with their infant daughter next to a fraternity house whose president is Zac Efron. In one segment Rogen and Byrne are so upset that they leave their daughter alone in their house and go next door to the fraternity and party all night. Never is it shown how their daughter got along at home alone, or is it brought out that this is a criminally negligent thing to do. In fact the abandonment of their infant daughter is never referred to again.

The older Efron gets, the worse his roles. Heís been in at least one good film, but, maybe because of his appearances in the High School Musical trilogy, apparently the only roles he can get now are those that portray him as a hunk (the film takes pains to have him appear shirtless). Heís really gone downhill since he made such an auspicious appearance in Me and Orson Welles (2008) when he was 21.

This unfunny film has no redeeming value, a complete waste of time.

April 30, 2014

 

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