Director Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) has his checklist of vulgar comedy items to get through in his latest film, “Neighbors.” What started off as an idea of 30-year-olds reaching the point where they still crave fun but need the calm and quiet to function as parents provides the conundrum for the raunchy comedy.
It’s old versus young in the most basic and uncreative ways. Let’s face it, “Neighbors” is about comedian Seth Rogan (co-writer) giving his face another one-note performance and story. Combined with the sex appeal of Efron and Franco (who in reality are closer to 30 than they are to frat boys,) “Neighbors” sounds like a hit and will be for those who crave repetition. The film establishes itself quickly in a realm of impossible antics and sits there for the duration.