Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are both actors who have had their fair share of detractors. For Rogen, it’s the fact he seemingly plays the same sort of character in every film he makes, with only tiny bits of variation, and Efron has always come under fire for the films that made him famous, the High School Musical trilogy. But last year, Efron effectively hammered the final nail into his Disney coffin with The Paperboy, which came following quite a few serious performances, and now he’s a rising star on the comedy scene. The proof? Well, you’ve got his two comedies from this year: That Awkward Moment, a fairly enjoyable romp starring Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, and Bad Neighbours, the film that made it clear he was a comedy force to be reckoned with.
If you don’t like Seth Rogen because his performances are the same, I can’t tell you much different I’m afraid. He still smokes weed, and he’s still kind of stupid. But there’s something different about it. Somehow, being employed and having a family makes the performance so much different. It seems mature when it’s not in the slightest, and it makes it easier to enjoy. Now I’m actually a big fan of Seth Rogen, I love his movies and think he’s hilarious. But even I can see where it gets repetitive Well, I think you Seth haters might be okay with this one. Dave Franco manages to be so much less annoying in this movie than he is usually, and is becoming the more likeable of the Franco brothers. But his performance is hilarious and entertaining.
The film itself isn’t quite as funny as it should be; unfortunately, some of the best jokes are in the trailer, and the film isn’t quite the comedy extravaganza the trailer promises. But there are still some gems in this film, with the “Dicks.....in our hands” moment being a personal favourite.
Overall, if you’re looking for a good time or a way to justify your obsession with Zac Efron to your friends, Bad Neighbours is the film for you.
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Bad Neighbours is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.
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