“The Neighbors”

MOVIES 2 Star

Rated R
1 hour and 35 minutes

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Effron, Lisa Kudrow

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – I want to know why is it so tough to recreate the “Animal House” era of the late ’70s when slob comedy was at its peak?

The fraternity hell-raising in “Neighbors” is strictly by the numbers with none of the inspired lunacy of John Belushi and his Delta hell raisers.

“Neighbors” tells the bland, tepid tale of frat house brothers irritating the uptight couple next door.

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen make the mistake of openly over-reacting to Zac Efron’s mischievous hijinks.

But the conflicts are all so uninspiring and lacking satirical punch. The frantic couple find the college eager to condone their students obnoxious behavior so as not to make waves.

“Neighbors” just isn’t much of a comedy or social commentary. The picture wastes an opportunity to do something clever instead of playing It safe with standard gags and superficially amusing situations. In other words, “Neighbor’s” lacks style.

The film leaves no doubt why the rating board slapped it with an R rating.

“Neighbors” is tailor made for the college crowd, but everyone else will flunk this film with 2 stars.

The best thing about “Neighbors” is how quickly it’ll be forgotten.

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