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Universal Pictures, Good Universe and Point Grey Pictures present a 96 minute, R rated, comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller, written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien with a theater release date of May 9, 2014.


Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are the perfect couple, in love, a new baby named Stella (Elise and Zoey Vargas) and they just moved into their first home in a quiet and family friendly neighborhood. The home is so new that the couple has decided to break it in by having sex in every room thanks especially to the privacy of their new environment. Close your eyes audience since the first vision you will see is a lot of Seth Rogen in some not so flattering positions. Well not all things last forever when the house next to the Radner’s happens to be for sale and their dream neighbors, a gay couple with child are not moving in, rather Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and his buddy Pete (Dave Franco) are moving in along with a number of other Fraternity brothers.

So let the party begin as the Fraternity Delta Psi Beta run by President Teddy and Vice President Pete celebrate the old accomplishments of toga parties, beer bong, and boots and rally as they strive to one day themselves make the wall of fraternity fame. As Mac and Kelly make a sudden visit to bond with Teddy in hopes of preventing noisy parties and young ruckus from taking over their lives as neighbors they soon discover that sometimes promises need to be broken. Something amazing happens at the frat, cops are called, balloons are swallowed and complaints are made to Dean Carol Gladstone (Lisa Kudrow) but through it all several dicks save the day.

Mac and Kelly along with two of their friends try everything to end the reign of Delta Psi Beta in their once quiet neighborhood but nothing seems to break the ice even the bros over hos concept fails yet through it all a dent was made when alcohol, dance and a little too much party get in the way of a loving friendship that eventually leads to strike two and probation from the school. So the war continues between Mac , Kelly and the frat house which leads up to some pretty hysterical antics one too funny to mention so as not to give it away by taking the air out of the joke. Albeit in the end, neighbor versus neighbor, love between brothers, old against young all leads up to some very exiting fireworks. Four months later school is over and Abercrombie has a new model.

I loved the film although it is surely not going to receive any awards any time soon.   It is hysterical, witty, not so overboard as to not believe the story yet filled with some great jokes and antics from all characters in the story. The film is very well directed and more so perfectly written from both a young and old point of view about life which helps it appeal to both college students and happily wed or coupled boomers.

Efron has been turning up everywhere lately and once again does not disappoint the female audience by wearing less than more clothing. Besides the fact he is showing more skin than not he has really developed into a polished actor as well although he still has a spurt of growth to go in my opinion. Rogen is always hysterical and once again does not disappoint yet even though this film does quite a bit of product placement and endorsements I’m surprised they did not do a gym tag to promote an outlet for Rogen to lose the extra weight he’s packed on. Byrne is a nice partner for Rogen as the two of them truly play well together even if I thought at times she was holding back a bit. Franco is the better looking half to his brother and the intelligent one of the cast that is until he struts his naked self down the wrong path leading to a possible war amongst brothers. Kudrow is a pleasure to see again on the big screen even though her role is small. Scoonie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Assjuice (Craig Roberts) and Garf (Jerrod Carmichael) all play supporting roles along with many others that help to make this film a free for all for the audience to laugh out loud. Thankfully no animals were used for bizarre practices during this film and for that reason this film receives two and half paws out of four, I’m Jon Patch.

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