Ann Hornaday makes a larger point about the absence of female voices in the filmmaking community and the studio system. Which is a larger problem, but not one that easily connects to despicable crimes like the one in Isla Vista, or to the existence of movies like Neighbors.
Rogen produced and starred in Neighbors, which is bound to become his biggest overall hit. But the question now dares asks is: is Seth Rogen now the biggest comedic actor in Hollywood?
Well, the totals are in and the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors is a big fat hit. Not only did it win rave reviews from critics--with our own Sean O'Connell calling it "fresh, relatable" and "hysterical"--but it also won at the box office, beating out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a healthy $51 million. That's especially impressive when you consider Neighbors R-rating means it was playing to a narrower audience than the well-established, franchised, PG-13-rated tent pole.
To me, itís the funniest joke in a very funny movie. And itís always interesting to hear the behind-the-scenes information to learn about humor that almost doesnít even make it into the final cut.
Neighbors debuted at a solid number one with $51 million, making it the third largest ever opening for a rated-R comedy (Sex and the City is the highest, opening with $57 million in 2008, and Ted which opened at $54 million in 2012). That's the highest ever live-action opening for Rogen (his previous best was Green Hornet, $33 million in 2011). The same goes for Efron who has struggled to find the box office limelight post High School Musical 3.
Universal has projected just about half that for the Nick Stoller comedy, which reportedly only cost $18 million. But most industry analysts forecast somewhere in the (pun alert) neighborhood of $35-$40 million. A tidy sum, and with two weeks before A Million Ways To Die In The West is unleashed, a solid springboard to $100 million domestic.
Looking to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle and Neighbors for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of superhero adventures, romantic period pieces, and hard-R comedies.
ďThereís a joke where Ė Iím still not sure if I ever said it out loud or if I was just thinking it. But during the montage where weíre getting back at Seth and Rose, and we cut their bush into the shape of a guy bending over, I wanted to say the line..."
Itís amusing to learn that the moments from Nicholas Stollerís career that stand out to him involve an off-the-cuff rapper/mogul who talked about infiltrating Jonah Hillís brain with his private parts.
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 weíve got bad neighbors, moms hitting the town and Dorothy returning to Oz.
Which is why we've decided to break down most of the summer's offerings, observing exactly what it is about some films that cause them to succeed and fail. This involved number crunching, market analysis, educated guesses, and the application of a few snobby biases.
So far in Neighbors' marketing campaign, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron have been getting the majority of the spotlight, with each representing a warring faction of this parents vs. frat comedy. But the latest featurette puts the focus on the film's littlest stars, Elise and Zoey Vargas, who play baby Stella.
We've handpicked sixteen big summer releases and matched them up with an NBA title contender. Some connect tenuously, superficially. Others have unusual similarities, borderline creepy. But at least it's all at your fingertips.
Dudeís love football. Universal hopes that dudeís will love Neighbors. So even though the movie has nothing to do with sports, the latest commercial for the upcoming comedy goes right after ESPNís target demographic by placing co-stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in a weight room with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In Neighbors, Zac Efron plays a psychotic frat boy who is waging a turf war with his next-door neighbors--or "neighbours" as they spell it in Australia. The vid up top is the red band trailer out of Australia, where Neighbors is being called Bad Neighbours.