Last night I saw the new movie Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The movie is about a young couple with a new baby who has just moved into their first house. They are getting ready to start their grown-up life together. And then a fraternity moves into the vacant house next door. With all the parties, loud music, stunts, and people coming and going at all hours of the night, the couple’s dream of being adults is coming apart.
To be completely honest, this movie was full of a whole lot of stupid. However, I went into it expecting as much. What I wasn’t expecting was how much I ended up being able to relate to the overall theme of the movie.
Let’s get the stupid out of the way first. The R rating comes from the language and nudity throughout the film. Think of all the stupidest hazing gimmicks a frat could run, and they were in there. Some of it got hard to watch at times, but I suffered through.
But once you got past the stupid, there were a lot of things I found myself relating to. As someone who went through college, spent time at frat parties, and is now approaching 30 and trying to act like an adult in society, I realized I had to be seeing this film in a completely different light than the high schoolers sitting in the back of the theater. Growing up is a weird thing, and this film hit the point in so many ways. Just because we get married, get jobs, and have kids, doesn’t mean we want to stop having fun. But what counts as fun starts to change, sometimes without us even realizing it. It’s something we all have to face–the horrible realization that college was years ago, and as grown up as you thought you were then, you’re so much different now.
The hardest thing for me to come to terms with in this one: I was the old people. I don’t like the idea of getting older any more than the characters in the movie did, but it happens so we have to learn to live with it.
Would I recommend this to others? If you like stupid, then yes, because this film if full of it. Otherwise, approach with caution because the stupid is really hard to get past.