All that changes when a fraternity moves in next door however. Initially shocked, Mac and his missus Kelly decide that their best tactic is to welcome the youngsters with open arms. And so they launch a charm offensive, stopping by to say hi, and even offering them a joint in an effort to be cool and neighborly.
And initially things go well, with frat head Teddy (Zac Efron) bonding with Mac and flirting with Kelly. But the honeymoon period is brief, with Delta Psi’s parties becoming increasingly loud and raucous, so much so that the couple are forced to call the police. And that’s when the real fun begins.
As war is declared, the frat boys endeavoring to ruin life for the couple and Mac and Kelly giving as good as they get.
Efron excels as the douchebag daddy of the frat, all cocksure arrogance in the film’s early scenes before becoming increasingly insecure as proceedings progress. Indeed you’re never quit sure exactly where he's coming from throughout the film, which is a testament to Efron’s talents and makes Teddy the film’s most interesting character.
Seth Rogen is as good as ever as Mac, his inherent likeability ensuring you root for the character in spite of his stupidity. And Rose Byrne is something of a revelation as Kelly, with many of the film’s best moments revolving around the nasty plans that she concocts.
All of which makes for a very silly film that that has little in the way of depth or substance, but enough jokes to ensure that such superficiality doesn't really matter.
- +Consistently funny
- +Great turns from Rogen, Efron and Byrne
- –No real depth of character development