Com­edy pair not half bad

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Leigh Paatsch


Star­ring: Seth Ro­gen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow.

Di­rec­tor: Ni­cholas Stoller ( For­get­ting Sarah Mar­shall) NOT since Brides­maids has an Amer­i­can com­edy chan­nelled the chor­tles quite like this.

Just like Brides­maids, Bad Neigh­bours al­ways plays hard, of­ten gets dirty and sim­ply re­fuses to let any mo­men­tum achieved sub­side for a mo­ment.

In fact, Bad Neigh­bours churns up so many waves of big, boom­ing laugh­ter that the smaller de­tails re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing such a splash might ini­tially elude the viewer.

Put it this way: any movie that can ex­tract a cred­i­bly strong and nu­anced per­for­mance from the much- ma­ligned Zac Efron must be do­ing a hell of a lot right.

Same goes for any movie that can make what should be a tired plot go the dis­tance with ease.

Here’s the set- up: Seth Ro­gen and Rose Byrne play Mac and Kelly, a young mar­ried cou­ple who can’t get over how grown- up and adult they are be­com­ing.

The pair have just had their first baby and are hap­pily mort­gaged to the hilt in their first home.

Just as we are about to buy the il­lu­sion that Mac and Kelly are liv­ing the dream, along comes the nightmare to set the record straight.

A freight truck pulls up next door. Some­body is mov­ing in – ac­tu­ally, make that a whole lot of some­bod­ies. Uh- oh, it’s worse than that – a com­plete col­lege fra­ter­nity’s worth of some­bod­ies.

That’s right. Mac, Kelly and their months- old in­fant must now live mere me­tres away from a party sched­uled never to end.

Af­ter sev­eral diplo­matic ef­forts fail, Mac and Kelly find them­selves in an ever- es­ca­lat­ing war with the near- psy­chotic pres­i­dent of the fra­ter­nity Teddy ( Efron) and his loyal lieu­tenant Pete ( Dave Franco).

On each side of the fence, a sketchy se­quence of elab­o­rately ridicu­lous schemes is en­acted.

Some are stupidly clever ( watch for what hap­pens when Mac goes look­ing for the airbags that have been stolen from his car), while some are clev­erly stupid ( faced with a dam­ages bill that could see them evicted, the col­lege boys come up with a fund- rais­ing idea that would surely be out­lawed in most states).

Ro­gen and Byrne prove to be a sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive comic pair­ing, with nei­ther slack­ing off when it comes to land­ing the low- blows nec­es­sary to send au­di­ences off on a high.

As for Efron, he re­ally comes into his own as the bat­tle for peace and quiet gets lewder and louder. All in all, the smartest dumb movie to come along in quite some time.

Opens at Vil­lage Cin­e­mas Thurs­day, May 8

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