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Movie Review: Neighbors

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Rating: R

96 mins. Comedy. May 9, 2014.

 

Initially, I was pretty excited to see Neighbors. I am, admittedly, a huge fan of Seth Rogen, although I was unsure about how Zac Efron’s role would play out and if he would be the downfall of the movie…boy was I wrong. In this comedy, Mac Radner (Rogen) and his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) move into a comfortable home in the suburbs to start their new family. The movie starts with their conflict to be more than a boring married couple. The couple decides that instead of settling into adulthood, they would simply incorporate their new, parental life in with their old, party lifestyle. This scene alone with the couple fighting to stay awake once they decided to take their infant to the club was simply hilarious. Rogen and Byrne had phenomenal chemistry. For once, a film actually showed young parents acting like young parents.

As the movie progresses, a fraternity, led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco’s characters Teddy and Pete, respectively, moves in next door to the Radner’s. Wanting to seem like they were “the cool neighbors”, the couple decided to approach the frat house and tell them casually (or not so casually) to keep the noise level down at times. The frat says they will oblige, but come the first night a wild ragger is already taking place. Mac and Kelly decide to go over and tell the frat to keep the noise down, but they end up partying with them.

The climax of the film takes place when the Radner’s decide that they can no longer have the frat living next door and they attempt to move them out. For me, the best character in the whole film was Kelly, the mother and wife. Rose Byrne was simply hilarious as she portrayed a young woman who actually acted like a young woman would. A reference is made to how their life is “not a Kevin James film” with her being the nagging wife and Mac being the reckless husband. This, to me, was one of the greatest debunking of a classic film stereotypes ever.

Possibly the most enjoyable aspect of this movies was that it actually contained a relatable plot. Often in comedies it is hard to find what “the point” of the hilarity actually was. In Neighbors, this is quite the opposite. Neighbors contains outrageous farce, sex, and absurdity, but also allows for some thought on the awkward times in life. Efron’s character is bridging the gap between college and “the real world”, while Rogen and Byrne are experiencing what is really like to venture into adulthood.

While Neighbors was one of the best comedies I had seen in a while, it fell short in some aspects for me. It is a hard movie to pinpoint its faults, but I left wanting just a bit more. Maybe a bit more outrageous tactics from the gang? For those who have seen it: come on, how epic was the takedown of Teddy and Pete? I’m not sure what I would have wanted to see more of, but I do know that I left only feeling satisfied, not utterly wowed (maybe with the exception of Rose Byrne’s character…have I raved about it enough?). I am quite picky when it comes to comedies, but as for Neighbors, I would recommend it and I would probably see it again…on DVD.

 

Neighbors: 7/10.

 

Currently Reading…

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Hello world,

Last night I downloaded “#GIRLBOSS” by Sophia Amoruso. The book is Sophia’s journey from living in poverty to being the CEO of a multi-million dollar business known as Nasty Gal. Nasty Gal is one of my favorite online shopping stores but I became interested in reading it when I saw the sketches from the book that were posted on the Nasty Gal Instagram and hash tagged #GIRLBOSS. The book includes some of Sophia’s tips on success and how to be a “Girl Boss”. I’m only on page 26 but so far I am really enjoying it. I will be posting a review once I’m finished, but for now I want to hear what you think of the book if you’ve read it! Comment below and let me know.

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

              

              After putting Eleanor & Park down, I felt like I had just loved for the first time, and given that I am currently eighteen years old, I am in the midst of truly loving for the first time. Eleanor & Park gives you the feeling that you too are in the stuffy school bus, disturbing gym room, or alone in Eleanor’s bedroom as she dreams of Park. Rainbow Rowell articulates the teenage condition flawlessly.

The story follows two teenagers living in Omaha in the 80s: Eleanor, a bigger girl with fire red hair, and Park, a half Asian boy who enjoys comics. Their first encounter is brash as Eleanor is picked on while boarding the school bus and Park begrudgingly allows her to sit with him. Through silent bus rides, they soon learn to bond over the reading of comics and their love of music.

Their journey, while never perfect, felt like falling in love. The words that Rowell wrote reminded me of the times I spent feeling the same emotions. Through Eleanor, Rowell displays the way that people who aren’t the prettiest learn to be comfortable with someone who means the world to them. Through Park, she articulates the way we must become bold and fearless for the ones we love.

This book made me believe. I laughed, I cried, I cringed, and yet, I believe in love even more now that I have read it.

“He knows I’ll like a song before I’ve heard it. He laughs before I even get to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes me want to let him open doors for me. There’s only one of him.” As you read Eleanor & Park, prepare to live your first love. Prepare to fall for the characters, the story, the sorrow, and even the “super gay” wearing of eyeliner.

 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: 9/10

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