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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 96 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Going out, partying, just having fun among friends - all that's over for Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) since their little daughter was born. Now the young couple lives in a small, quiet suburban settlement and tries to make friends with everyday life as caring parents. It doesn't even fit into the picture that a student fraternity is moving into the house next door. Because the members of Delta Psi want one thing above all: to throw one legendary party after another. And that would be the end of a restful night's sleep. At first it seems as if we can talk reasonably with Teddy (Zac Efron), the charismatic president of the association. During a party between Mac and him something like a real male friendship is even emerging. But when it gets too loud again and Teddy doesn't respond to Mac's calls, the unnerved couple makes a fatal mistake: they call the police. And with it they start a neighbourhood dispute, which threatens more and more to become an epic battle for life in this idyllic neighbourhood…
With "Bad Neighbors" director Nicholas Stoller ("Almost married", "Never again sex with the ex") remains absolutely true to his crude and likeable style. In 90% of the cases his gags target directly below the belt and in some scenes the script only seems to consist of the word "tail". But just like in his earlier movies Stoller manages very well to enrich the pubertal sex jokes and the obscene language with lots of charm and really funny ideas. The result has some nasty moments of foreign shame, but also some really good laughs. Apart from the surprisingly cynical and evil ending, this may not be very profound and certainly not sustainable. But as a pure fun movie this comedy works very well overall.
The actors deliver exactly what you expect from them. Seth Rogen doesn't show much changeability, but as a new father, who feels much too young for bourgeois family life, he is really well occupied. At his side Rose Byrne can once again show her comical side, as already in Stoller's "Männertrip" (Men's Trip). And Zac Efron convinces as not exactly a Schoenling endowed with the greatest intellect, obsessed with the idea of throwing the most legendary party of all time. Especially between Rogen and Efron the chemistry is right, which starts with a very nice "Batman" sequence and culminates in a wonderful final scene. It doesn't matter if Mac and Teddy understand each other well or if they fight each other to the death, it's just fun to watch the two very unequal actors do it.
"Bad Neighbors" serves up his Hau-Drauf humor very directly, but also hides some very good jokes in the turbulent bustle every now and then, which are astonishingly profound on closer consideration. But often the intellect is not claimed here. In order to laugh at exploding airbags, spontaneous erections or wild dance duels, you really don't have to overtax the little grey cells. Anyone who can laugh at the rough Klamauk in the style of "Project X", "Hangover" or "Men's Trip" will get their money's worth here as well. The fact that the movie doesn't have what it takes to become a classic student film a la "Animal House" doesn't really weigh negatively, considering the very high fun factor. Therefore: worth seeing for friends of hearty US comedy food!
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