Suburban showdown: Rogan vs. Efron

‘Neighbors’ brings
comedic fire to
Blu-ray and DVD

Jonathan Garcia / Reporter

“Neighbors” is a comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco. The movie, released May 9, was a summer hit at the box office, making $268 million, and was critically well-received. The film could go both ways — it could be either the worst movie of 2014 or be really hilarious and fun to watch. As the Blu-ray/DVD makes its debut, it is definitely worth picking up a copy as it is raunchy and definitely will make moviegoers laugh.

Mac and Kelly Radnor (Rogen and Byrne) move into a new neighborhood with their newborn daughter but their new parenting lifestyle makes it hard for them to go back to their old lives, thus alienating their friends. One day a fraternity led by Teddy Sanders (Efron) and Pete Regazolli (Franco) moves in next door to the Radnors to throw the biggest end-of-the-year party before they graduate. Concerned that their new neighbors will affect their child, the Radnors try their best to get them to keep it down, and craziness ensues.

Efron manages to successfully shed his former Disney Channel status as he is hilarious in this movie and shows he can pull off a raunchy comedy. Rogen and Byrne also have good chemistry together and they both complement each other. The movie, despite having a bunch of crazy moments throughout, manages to successfully put in some heart in the movie. It shows certain elements that both Rogen’s and Efron’s characters go through in their own ways and touches on some moments that happen to both a married couple and college students about to graduate. The humor in this movie hits almost throughout and is definitely deserving of its R-rating. The film clocks in at 97 minutes, which isn’t too short or long but just right.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes with a hilarious alternate opening, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, gag reel and a digital copy of the movie on both iTunes and Ultraviolet. “Neighbors” is a hilarious movie with some heart as well as good laughs as it’s worth purchasing the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which is in stores and Digital HD on the iTunes Store and Google Play today.

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