Neighbors

  • Review Date: May 9, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Laugh-aloud raunchy humor masks messages about adulthood.
  • Review Date: May 9, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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).

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.

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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?

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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. 

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:May 9, 2014
DVD release date: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

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Written byAnonymous October 12, 2014
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18
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Pretty dumb and crass movie definitely isn't forr kids of any age

My rating:R for crude sexual content throughout,vulgar non stop language,drug use throughout,comic violence and graphic nudity
Teen, 17 years old Written byJohnny Scene May 9, 2014
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18
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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 the same time, this is rated 16 when it has violence, tons of language, sex, nudity, and numerous scenes with drugs accompanied by alcohol. This movie is rated R for a reason. This movie should be rated "not for kids."
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byCameron L May 11, 2014
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13
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What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byhelpinghand May 9, 2014
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17
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Party Hardy

Neighbors is a very funny comedy with great comedic acting but parents should be aware of the raunchy content. There are close to 150 F words, three sex scenes, one with rear nudity, which is somewhat graphic, some male nudity, and several scenes with drug use.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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