Neighbours ***1/2

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“Neighbors” is the funniest movie of the year so far. I think I thought the same thing at this point last year when I saw “This Is The End”. Both movies starred Seth Rogan. This time he plays the husband to Rose Byrnes character. They are a young couple who just had a baby. When a Fraternity moves in next door, led by Zac Efron, a battle of wills ensues over the constant partying and noise.

The real humor comes from the characters themselves. Rogan and Bryne’s newly weds struggle with letting go of time before having kids. When the loud parties start happening next door they find themselves divided on whether or not they want to tell them to keep it down or if they should join in.

Efron and his crew struggle with the fact that their college years are almost over and real adulthood is about to start. Their goals are to throw such insane parties that they will be remembered as legends. By the end of the movie they are wishing that they had been working towards goals that actually matter.

The director is Nicholas Stoller, who directed some of the best comedies in recent years such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him To The Greek”, stumbled a bit with his last flick “The Five Year Engagement”. This movie is a nice bounce back, proving that he is a very underrated comedic director. Big names like Todd Phillips of the “Hangover” series get all the attention even though he hasn’t turned out a funny movie in five years yet guys like Stoller are consistent yet are not a house hold name.

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