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Cinema ian 5/18/2014

Australian cinema goers are giving a big thumbs up for Bad Neighbours – it was the highest ranked movie for box office takings the weekend it opened and it is doing close to the same business this weekend. A few critics have panned it but audiences are loving it – for mine, any movie that achieves what it sets out to do is a success… so ustralian cinema goers are giving a big thumbs up for Bad Neighbours – it was the highest ranked movie for box office takings the weekend it opened and it is doing close to the same business this weekend. A few critics have panned it but audiences are loving it – for mine, any movie that achieves what it sets out to do is a success… so Godzilla will be a success for people who like that type of flick. Just so happens I don’t like that genre, but I can get into a gross-out comedy that delivers nicely.

Is Bad Neighbours a bad taste movie? Is it offensive? Does it deserve its MA15+ rating because of strong sexual references, coarse language, drug use, sex scenes and nudity? Yes, yes and yes. It is also a very funny movie with a warm and fuzzy heart.

If you go along expecting hard-core humour that occasionally aims at the lowest common denominator you will be pleasantly surprised at the rewarding (but not ‘sugary’) niceness hiding under the surface. The male stars, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron strut their stuff with ease but the comedic star for me is Aussie, Rose Byrne. She simply has fabulous timing (you may have caught her in Get Him to the Greek and last year’s The Internship).

BTW – if you are looking for other reviews online, the movie was released in the US with the title Neighbors and internationally as Bad Neighbours – perhaps the distributors wanted to avoid confusion with our Neighbours in Ramsay Street, who are absolutely perfect neighbours compared to this lot.

The official synopsis is “a couple with a new-born baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next door to a fraternity house.” Yep, that pretty much sums up the plot… just add mirth and mayhem for 97 minutes and stir.

Here is the official trailer:

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