Originally titled Neighbors in the US, the film was renamed ‘Bad Neighbours’ in the UK to avoid confusion with the popular Aussie soap.
However, a more fitting title would have been ‘Bad Parents’, as the couple in question – Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) – often neglect their infant daughter for extended periods of time.
Mac and Kelly’s peaceful new home is disrupted when a college fraternity, Delta Psi Beta, moves in next door. Initially, the two groups get along well, with Mac and Kelly even joining in on the partying.
But when a particularly noisy party forces Mac to call the police, tensions escalate between the neighbors. Fraternity president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) is angry that the couple broke their promise to him, and both sides engage in a series of childish pranks to get back at each other.
Mac and Kelly enlist the help of Mac’s work friend Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Jimmy’s ex-wife Paula (Carla Gallo) to exact revenge on the fraternity, leading to some hilarious and outrageous moments.
While Bad Neighbours may not reach the comedic heights of Animal House or other classic college comedies, it’s still an entertaining and fun film. With a running time of just 90 minutes, it’s the perfect length for a comedy like this.
Look out for Bad Neighbours on DVD, releasing September 8th.