Neighbors Green Band Trailer Is A Bush-Humping Load Of Silliness

By Nick Venable 2013-10-22 13:44:40discussion comments
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Just seeing Seth Rogenís name in the same description as ďgreen band trailerĒ takes that extra bit of energy to get into, since itís mentally challenging to hear his oddly graveled voice not talking about male genitalia in some way. But the above trailer for Nicholas Stollerís Neighbors actually works better than the previously released red band trailer. Thatís assuming it works for you in the first place, which is not a given. Not being a fan of Zac Efron or Dave Franco or modern movies that heavily involve fraternity behavior, I had zero positive expectations for this film, but Iíll be damned if it doesnít look just goofy enough to interest me.

This trailer, via Fandango, follows the same beats as the first trailer, just replacing the vulgar moments with new jokes. Some of those jokes are relatively stupid, such as Mac (Rogen) and wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) literally humping a bush out of the ground, but I continue to find it oddly comforting that Efron and Franco are playing the straight man to Rogen and Byrneís wildly erratic comedy act. I find myself hoping the Robert De Niro party lasts a while, and that Efron is allowed to deliver more crappy Taxi Driver impersonations. What has happened to me?!?

The basic gist of Neighbors involves happy parents Mac and Kelly getting their lives upended when a fraternity house sets up next door. When trying to act young and fit in with the frat backfires, they decide to take revenge. I canít imagine there will be a lot of subtext involved, so it will undoubtedly just be a string of unfortunate circumstances in which frat head Teddy (Efron) and second banana Pete (Franco) make their neighborsí lives a living hell in a series of escalating pranks and all around sabotage.

My two favorite moments shown thus far are carried over into this trailer; one being the giant ballís overstated bopping of Rogenís head, and the second is of course Rogen getting rocketed into the ceiling above his cubicle after the airbag in his seat deployed. Luckily, Stoller is seasoned in over-the-top humor, having directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and scripting both The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Hereís hoping thereís a lot more where this stuff came from.

Itís interesting that neither trailer has done anything to spotlight the rest of its talented cast, including Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow, Jake Johnson, Carla Gallo, Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Moynihan, Jason Mantzoukas and Craig Roberts. The film wonít see a release until May 9, 2014 though, so there is more than enough time for another fifteen trailers to come out. You can find the red band version below.


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