Fences make better "Neighbors" than heartily partying frat dudes in this upcoming comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller.
In a surprising twist for those of you who haven't seen "Take This Waltz," Seth Rogen plays a mild-mannered suburban husband and dad named Mac Radner who welcomes his new neighbors, young and fratty though they may be. He and his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) try and ingratiate themselves with Teddy (Zac Efron) and his crew with very mixed results, until the Radners get sick and tired of the shenanigans next door -- perhaps because their new baby finds a particularly unsanitary "toy" on their front lawn.
Things escalate to the sort of all-out war that would make Robert Frost rethink his position on walls. Did any of his neighbors turn his airbags into high-powered whoopee cushions? Of course not!
If "The Paperboy" didn't scrub off any residual "High School Musical"-ness from Efron, playing the gross broseph next door sure might. (Also, now he has chest hair.) Christopher Mintz-Plasse is still trying to shed his McLovin' vibe with some outdoor lovin', it seems. Other stars in "Neighbors" include Dave Franco as Efron's number-two dude, Lisa Kudrow, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, and sweet-faced Welshman Craig Roberts from "Submarine," who is playing a character named Assjuice.
Formerly known as "Townies," "Neighbors" moves into theaters on May 9, 2014.