Flying the flag for the UK public

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Set in 1978, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as a happy, thirty-something couple with a new baby. Putting everything they have in a beautiful house in the suburbs, they start to adjust to family life, until the party arrives in the form of the Delta Psi Beta fraternity boys who move in next door. With a take-no-prisoners attitude toward fun and completely devoted to the cult of babes, bud and beer, the frat boys led by Zac Effron along with his side kick Dave Franco turn next door into party central. At first Seth and Rogen try to fit in, desperate to prove they're still cool enough to be invited to such parties, however when the partying gets louder the next day, the couple revert to their parent roles and call the police. The back-and-forth pranks between the Radners and the frat house escalate in nastiness and hilarity it's not long before the resentment escalates into full-on war. After a shaky start Bad Neighbours blossoms to offer plenty of bawdy humour evenly spread between its well-matched stars along with the familiar rude, crude, nude and wall-to-wall comic raunch you'd expect. The fully developed relationships between the characters, particularly the winning chemistry between Rogen and Byrne, along with Efron's portrayal as a borderline-psychotic party boy help to ground the film. Director Nicholas Stoller keeps the antics spinning with volatile, liberating mischief while writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien's refreshing attempt to reinvent the typical studio comedy cleverly sidesteps comedy cliche's and delivers high-concept gags that'll keep audiences' bellies sore from laughter.

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