This Rotten Week: Predicting Neighbors, Moms' Night Out and Legends Of Oz Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-05-04 17:04:52discussion comments
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With summer in the air we have some bigger and bigger movies hitting the silver screen. No better way to escape the sunshine, sweet call of birds and fresh air than to get over to your local cinema and spend a few hours in the climate controlled darkness. I love this time of year. This week we’ve got bad neighbors, moms hitting the town and Dorothy returning to Oz.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Neighbors
Rotten Watch Prediction
As a guy who lives in a neighborhood with some less-than-desirable neighbors (really just one awful house), I know it only takes one bad seed to ruin the whole block. Consider the folks across the street. I call it the clown house, with a neverending cast of characters going in and out. It’s a husband, girlfriend, his ex-wife, her boyfriend (you read that correctly) and about six kids I’ve seen grow up into, well, I don’t know they’ll become, but they won’t be Rhode Scholars. On an otherwise quiet street, their garbage, constant noise, five hundred cars and general trashiness threatens all that we hold dear (like our property values). So yeah, I understood how bad neighbors can disrupt your way of life.

Check out how one house can ruin the block in the Neighbors trailer:



Frankly, this movie looks right up my alley, the perfect combination of hijinks, snarky comedy, a bad-boy Zac Efron shifting away from his High School Musical phase, Seth Rogen basically playing himself, and ever-escalating pranks between the young parents and a group of cliche’d (in a good way) fraternity brothers.

Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall-84%, Get Him to the Greek-73%, The Five-Year Engagement-63%) has comedic chops and looks like he takes some of it to the limits in Neighbors. The trailers alone have babies eating condoms, dildo fights, airbag whoopy cushions and so many other forms of suburban warfare that it’s kind of difficult to summarize. Which is fine. Movies like this, that rely on the absurd to drive home points about the differences between youth and adulthood, can meet on a perfect point of the graph if done correctly. This looks to be the case with Neighbors. Early reviews are crazy strong, sitting at 94% through about 35 reviews following an early debut at SXSW. That’s an unreal number for a comedy. Especially one of this ilk. The reviews for a raunchy comedy like this mean the genre still has something to offer, and that Rogen and his gang can still bring the fastball. Maybe now I need to make sure my neighbors fall through the floor when they’re taking a crap. That’ll get them out of here.
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