Neighbours from hell are riotously funny

01:40, May 13 2014
bad neighbours
LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE: When a pack of fraternity brothers moves in next door, it spells trouble for the neighbours, a young couple with a newborn baby.

Directed by Nicholas Stoller
96 mins, R16

What. A. Riot.

Firstly a disclaimer; I'm borderline obsessed with Zac Efron, so naturally this was a movie I was dying to see. (I mean, he's shirtless for the majority of the film, cinematic gold.)

But, he is so much more than just a sculpted Adonis, he flexes some serious acting muscles and shows great comedic timing, even if he was halfway down the rabbit hole with a drug addiction and went to rehab as soon as he finished filming.

Bad Neighbours brings everyone's worst nightmare to life.

A young married couple with their newborn baby are living the "suburban dream" until a rowdy pack of fraternity brothers move in next door. Let the insanity and hilarity begin when a war between the two breaks out, each party determined to bring the other down with each plot as outlandish and ridiculous as the last.


The movie is all about the big laughs from the wildly inappropriate gags to the well- timed and clever use of soundtrack. Seth Rogan (Pineapple Express) plays his usual funny self and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) holds her own with the boys in the comedy department.

However, the real scene-stealer was wee baby Stella.

The film is definitely for the younger generation or those of you who never grew out of your university party days.

It could also offer the perfect pick me up if you have "bad neighbours" of your own.

I will certainly think twice before complaining about my neighbour's early morning lawn- mowing - it could be a lot worse.

The Timaru Herald