Delta Tau Chi (Animal House).
Lambda Epsilon Omega (Old School).
It remains to be seen whether the antics of Neighbors’ Delta Psi house can live up to the frat legends seen throughout the history of film. As it stands now, I’m not convinced that pledges would be making Delta Psi their first choice.
New parents Mac and Kelly Radner, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, appear to be settling into their boring lives as adults with their daughter Stella when the neighborhood welcomes new residents. Much to their dismay, Stella receives 50 new brothers.
Led by the created-in-a-lab-by-a-gay-guy Teddy (Zac Efron) and his vice president of shenanigans Pete (Dave Franco), the brothers of Delta Psi are a new parent’s worst nightmare. Rogen and Byrne do all they can to play nice despite the loud music and incessant partying, but it isn’t long before they’re forced to take matters into their own hands to rid the neighborhood of it’s least family-friendly residents.
With the help of their ex-couple friends Jimmy (The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo), Rogen and Byrne wreak physical and mental destruction on Delta Psi to get them kicked out of school. But the brothers give just as good as they receive.
Overall, Neighbors tends to fall into the predictable-and-over-the-top category, with a hefty dose of dick jokes and bro-ing out. Maybe it’s the kind of humor that is best delivered by quirky-looking people in the first place, but many of Efron’s comedic attempts don’t always land with the effect that is intended.
Neighbors is sprinkled with a slew of cameos, including Andy Samberg, the Workaholics crew, and Jake Johnson, while boasting supporting funny-men Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the well-endowed brother Scoonie, Jerrod Carmichael as Delta Psi hype man Garf, and comedian Hannibal Buress as the unfortunate officer always on call.
While Neighbors doesn’t quite measure up to other Rogen classics such as This Is The End, Pineapple Express, or Superbad, it is still good for a few laughs.