7:30 PM, 25th July, 2014
While enjoying their new life as a suburban couple with a newborn baby, Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Byrne) struggle to live their perfectly boring life. So, when the house next door becomes a frat house, led by the overzealous Teddy (Efron) and his loyal VP Pete (Franco), Mac and Kelly get over the initial fear of never-ending partying and take this opportunity to reconnect with the youth that they’d lost. Which of course leads to various misadventures for everyone.
Some of the dialogue at the start is pretty hard to handle, with the obviously older suburban couple attempting to relate to their younger counterparts with very poor results. But after the first 20 to 30 minutes you quickly forget this as the movie delivers some very unexpected and hilarious results from the characters’ interactions with one another.
Rogen is his usual comedic self, but it’s Efron who really steals the show. Having aged a few years from his days as Troy Bolton, Efron was perfect casting for a frat house president.
Bad Neighbours is a perfect way to head towards the end of the week in a light-hearted fashion, and its entertaining satire of young males today provides some of the funniest one-liners I’ve heard from a comedy in a while.
9:17 PM, 25th July, 2014
For those of you who enjoy the works of National Lampoon, the very title itself is all you need to convince you to watch this movie. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with their work, I hope I’m able to describe just how great this movie is.
What is it about this film that makes it so wonderful? What is it about this film that will always get me to stop if I’m flicking through the TV channels and it happens to be on?
It brings humour back to its very basics; something silly, something a bit out there and something that can be enjoyed by many people of varying ages. It seems in comedy today, particularly with the rise of shows like “South Park” and “Family Guy”, humorous worth is based upon satirical quality. Obviously at face value it contains your standard ‘toilet’ humour, but there’s another level which aspires to be appreciated.
Films like Animal House are just in it to bring laughter, and it’s refreshing to take a break from the parodical and ‘over the line’ type of humour that represents much of comedy today.
Much like the other National Lampoon movies (particularly Vacation and Christmas Vacation), Animal House has withstood the test of time. By not relying on social context, this movie will continue to be brilliant in five, ten, and even twenty years from now. This is definitely a movie to watch before you die.