Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Laugh-aloud raunchy humor masks messages about adulthood.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 41 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

They might get a bit lost in all of the gross-out jokes, but there are positive messages about taking your college experience seriously and not just focusing on fraternity life and about realizing that life with a baby changes you, but that's not necessarily bad or sad -- just different.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This movie isn't exactly full of role models, but the Radners eventually realize that all they really want is to keep their baby and home safe and to concentrate on their young family. Despite feeling betrayed, Teddy is a good best friend to his smart, ambitious friend, Pete, and Pete tells Teddy the hard truth about the future. Jimmy and Paula are hilariously misguided, but they're good friends to Mac and Kelly.


Some of the pranks cause comedic, momentary injuries. At one point, one of Mac and Kelly's friends falls and breaks his leg in the frat house.


The Radners attempt to have sex and/or have it interrupted several times. Most of the sex scenes are semi-clothed, although usually you can see someone's butt or back. Couples are also shown making out and having sex at the fraternity parties, and there are frequent verbal sexual references. In one scene, an older woman uses a younger man's penis (obviously a prosthetic) as a necklace; male genitals (again prosthetics) are shown other times as well, and there's a shot of young men making molds of their penises (with the ultimate intent being to make sex toys from the molds). Lactating breasts are shown in an engorged state (not sexual); the idea is raised for an adult to nurse to help alleviate the situation.


There's profanity in nearly every line of the movie. Most of the time "f--k" is used very casually, but there are also emotionally charged/angry uses of language including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "motherf---er," "p---y," "a--hole," "d--k," and more.


Product references/placements include Subaru, Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, and a few baby items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The fraternity party is full of drugs and alcohol. Although seniors might be over 21, there are definitely under-aged party-goers. There's drinking to excess, smoking pot, doing mushrooms, cocaine, and party drugs. Mac and Kelly participate in the substance use, even though she's breastfeeding (she gets rid of the tainted milk).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Neighbors is a raunchy, hard-R comedy about a hard-partying college fraternity that moves in next door to a married couple with a baby. Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco, the comedy is overwhelmingly about sex, drugs, and pranks that aren't appropriate for most teens. The strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and much, much more) is nonstop; the gross-out humor includes lactating breast jokes and full-frontal shots of a prosthetic penis; and the sex features everything from semi-nude marital lovemaking to casual frat party hook-ups. That said, if you can see beyond the crude laughs, there are messages about what it means to become an adult and transition from all-night ragers to brunch and diapers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydimitrios111 June 9, 2014

Rated R for a reason! Not a children's movie

Raunchy with many explicit scenes. Not a movie for kids 17 and under. My friend and I (22 and 20 respectively) saw the film and were surprised at the amount of... Continue reading
Adult Written byMovielover1113 May 9, 2014

Even adults left in the middle of the movie

The movie was so inappropriate that even adults were leaving during the movie. It is not a movie for children of any age. It has funny aspects but some things... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byB-KMastah May 9, 2014

Funny, but surprisingly forgettable.

This movie is a rarity in the way that it progressively gets better. It's not the "omg like it only gets better and better!!!1!" type of the thin... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJohnny Scene May 9, 2014

16 years old??

I am going to start this review out with a question. Why is Call of Duty rated "not for kids" when all it has is violence and some language. And at th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) Radner are living the late-20s dream: They're married, they own a beautiful house in a safe neighborhood, and they have an adorable baby girl, Stella. When the house next door is bought by a college fraternity led by President Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), the Radners put on their "we're still hip" faces and head out to meet their new NEIGHBORS in hopes of reminding them to keep it down late at night. Instead, the Radners are swept inside for their first all-night party in years. But neighborly feelings are put to the test when the Radners eventually call the police on the frat, sparking an escalating prank war between the new parents and the partying fraternity brothers.

Is it any good?

If you enjoy the sort of raunchy comedies that make you simultaneously blush, squirm, and laugh out loud (i.e. This Is the End, Superbad, and Knocked Up), this latest Nicholas Stoller/Seth Rogen comedy is for you. Blending a booze-and-boobs college party comedy with a more serious look at what happens when once-cool twentysomethings get married and have baby, Neighbors definitely requires you to suspend your disbelief. After all, why would only one set of neighbors on a leafy suburban street object to a fraternity moving onto the block?  But once you've come to terms with the fact the movie is very much about the Radners versus the frat house, you can just sit back and enjoy the raunchy -- but nonetheless hilarious -- show.

And if you work hard to look beyond the gross-out gags and penis jokes, you'll see, as in most movies made by Judd Apatow's proteges, surprisingly thoughtful messages about college life versus adult life. Efron is perfect as Teddy, who may be gorgeous but is also vapid, having wasted his four years in college caring only about his fraternity. Playing his bromance partner/best friend is Dave Franco, who, unlike Teddy, actually has a plan to become an architect after graduation. As for Rogen and Byrne, they're the perennial new parents, dealing with the loss of their youth (and ability to party without consequences) but eventually savoring the richness of life with a baby. If you're a fan of Rogen and Co.'s brand of comedy, this is a must-see, but if gutter-minded jokes make you say "Well I never!," definitely sit this one out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Neighbors' portrays drinking and drug use. Are there any real-life consequences? Does the movie judge the partying fraternity members differently than the new parents who partake? Do you?

  • Talk about the movie's messages about college versus adulthood. How do the Radners finally come to terms with their new stage of life? What does Teddy realize about his college career?

  • Is the movie's frank depiction of married sex, college sex, sex toys, and full-frontal nudity too graphic for older teens? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

Movie details

  • In theaters: May 9, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: September 23, 2014
  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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