Escape to the Movies: Neighbors - Genuinely Funny

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Two sides of young-ish people are in their respective middle phases as they stare down the eventual decay of their youth and hit the opposite spectrums - the parents muddle through becoming old, the frat boy wants to stay young.

...holy crap that's insightful.

Also, after seeing the trailer for 22 JS, am I the only one surprised we now live in a world where Zac Effron and Channing Tatum, two "pretty boys" utterly despised for their supposed vapidness, are suddenly and abruptly turning into legitimate actors? When the hell did that happen?

By the time it got to the opening credits, I was saying, "THAT was a 'funny' scene? Bob must be on some pretty strong cold meds."

Then he almost, almost, made it sound interesting, and showed some much funnier-looking moments in the voiceovers explaining it.

Oh well. I'll still wait for the DVD.

I'm surprised it's apparently good.
I thought it'd be lameeee because I'm one of those people who instinctively hates any young male Hollywood actors which "all women"* swoon for.
This habit started when I was seven years old when girls** in my school were swooning over Leonardo DiCaprio.

*According to the Gossip media which I occasionally am exposed to.
**The vocal ones.

The clip he showed at the beginning confused me. I'm old enough to get those references, but I still dont ... O.o

Sylocat:
By the time it got to the opening credits, I was saying, "THAT was a 'funny' scene? Bob must be on some pretty strong cold meds."

Then he almost, almost, made it sound interesting, and showed some much funnier-looking moments in the voiceovers explaining it.

Oh well. I'll still wait for the DVD.

I'll give him credit and say it probably works a lot better within the context of the entire movie. It's like telling a joke you heard, without the benefit of the ground work that the comedian laid earlier in their set. For example, Bill Burr has a bit about not having anything against gay people. Paraphrasing, "they can't reproduce, so they're not making any more 'in the way' people." It might garner a chuckle, but if you were familiar with his early bit about "in the way people," it makes the "gay people can't make more 'in the way people'" routine funnier.

Still, yeah, DVD. Probably. Being a 32 (soon to be 33) year old father myself, those "getting old" jokes may hit too close to home :)

RealRT:
Oh, hey, look, a subtitle that tells me what the review is about, guess no reason to click the link and watch it now.
STOP DOING THESE RETARDED SUBTITLES. STOP. S.T.O.P. I WATCH THE VIDEOS TO SEE WHAT THE REVIEW IS GOING TO BE LIKE, TO KNOW WHAT THE REVEWERS THINK ABOUT THE PRODUCT. THE SUBTITLES SPOIL THE FUCK OUT OF THEM. I WANT TO BE SURPRISED. I WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT BOB LIKED IT IF YOU DIDN'T ADD A RETARDED SUBTITLE THERE. BUT NO. INSTEAD I GOT SPOILED. HEY, IMAGINE IF EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WAS CALLED "STAR WARS: DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER".

It's a review. You're complaining that a review is being spoiled for you. I think you need to get some fresh air and think about this for a minute.

I'll likely not go see it. I don't find Seth Rogen funny. I mean it's always nice to hear a dissenting opinion but man Tim and Eric are so painfully unfunny they become funny then go back to being not funny. I guess I just don't find the same things funny as MovieBob.

Knowing Bob's taste in comedy, I know that I probably won't like this. It's kind of the opposite with action movies as we share the same tastes there.

Frankly, it all screams too much mean spirit for me to get into this kind of comedy. It's the same reason why I stopped liking Family Guy. Being jerks just doesn't equal good comedy to me.

RealRT:
Oh, hey, look, a subtitle that tells me what the review is about, guess no reason to click the link and watch it now.
STOP DOING THESE RETARDED SUBTITLES. STOP. S.T.O.P. I WATCH THE VIDEOS TO SEE WHAT THE REVIEW IS GOING TO BE LIKE, TO KNOW WHAT THE REVEWERS THINK ABOUT THE PRODUCT. THE SUBTITLES SPOIL THE FUCK OUT OF THEM. I WANT TO BE SURPRISED. I WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT BOB LIKED IT IF YOU DIDN'T ADD A RETARDED SUBTITLE THERE. BUT NO. INSTEAD I GOT SPOILED. HEY, IMAGINE IF EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WAS CALLED "STAR WARS: DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER".

Yeahhhh ok then.

I disagree. Don't really look for comedies and would have probably skipped over the review, had I not seen the fact that MB was surprised. So I was curious and may even see the movie now..

el_emmens:

Thunderous Cacophony:
Also, is anyone actually expecting the Power Rangers movie to be good? Low-budget fistfights and cardboard city destruction are pretty much all the franchise can reliably deliver, and someone's going to lose a lot of money trying to turn that into a billion-dollar blockbuster.

Well, it's being put out by the same guys who made the twilight films, the hunger games and the Divergent series. So I can at least be asssured that they'll have actual teenagers for the cast.

And at worst it will just flop for the same reasons the Dragonball movie flopped, no one took the source materiak serious enough.

which of course means that everyone associated with this film is going to need to find that right balance of "taking it just the right amount of seriously with out turning it into an overly serious piece of junk.

Twilight had teenagers cast in it? I thought they all looked like they were in their early thirties.

I don't like raunchy comedies so I'll give this one a pass.

Another mediocre Marvel based TV show is really good news?! Okay....

You know, it took me a minute to remember why Zac Efron is famous in the first place. And I just remembered. Gotta admit that I wouldn't have picked him out for this sort of role. Then again, I wouldn't have picked him for any role. But at least he seems to be doing the post Disney thing right. So he has one up on so many others.

Kinda surprised to hear that Efron was good, too. Not that I hold anything against the guy, just don't know any of his previous work other than the fact that he was in a Disney TV movie. But if he can make a believable and charismatic screen presence, more power to him.

Anyway, I might see this on DVD, but I don't plan to see it in the theater. I'm not a big fan of Seth Rogan and he does always seem to play Seth Rogan in every movie. But he's a decent comedy actor. Beyond that the premise just seems kinda uninteresting to me. I remember plenty of "great" comedies that just pissed me off. Meet the Parents. School of Rock. Yeah... I'm not sure I like what is popular in term of comedy.

RealRT:

TheMadDoctorsCat:

RealRT:
Oh, hey, look, a subtitle that tells me what the review is about, guess no reason to click the link and watch it now.
STOP DOING THESE RETARDED SUBTITLES. STOP. S.T.O.P. I WATCH THE VIDEOS TO SEE WHAT THE REVIEW IS GOING TO BE LIKE, TO KNOW WHAT THE REVEWERS THINK ABOUT THE PRODUCT. THE SUBTITLES SPOIL THE FUCK OUT OF THEM. I WANT TO BE SURPRISED. I WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT BOB LIKED IT IF YOU DIDN'T ADD A RETARDED SUBTITLE THERE. BUT NO. INSTEAD I GOT SPOILED. HEY, IMAGINE IF EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WAS CALLED "STAR WARS: DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER".

Please! Caps! Not that I necessarily disagree with your point... but still! Caps!

Anyway, the scene shown at the beginning of the review - as well as the stuff shown in the trailer - honestly convinced me that MB and I have very, very different senses of humour. I thought both were cringeworthy, to be honest... so I'll avoid this one. Sorry MovieBob. On the plus side, I didn't see either of the "Spiderman" reboot movies in the cinema either, so they aren't getting my cash money.

They are there to imitate shouting. I don't write EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MESSAGE LIKE THIS, I know how annoying it is.

Well, since you explained that, I can say that you are a completely mature individual. And you certainly know what battles are worth fighting. Clearly, you know what is important.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Also, is anyone actually expecting the Power Rangers movie to be good? Low-budget fistfights and cardboard city destruction are pretty much all the franchise can reliably deliver, and someone's going to lose a lot of money trying to turn that into a billion-dollar blockbuster.

It all depends on the slant they go with I'd say.
I mean I thought 21 Jump Street was going to suck balls, especially considering that I'm not a big Jonah Hill fan (hated Superbad) also never even considered the possibility that Tatum would have any comedic chops, and I was wrong I'm glad to say. Same could be said for any of the Brady Bunch movies. I thought they would suck and they were pretty good overall.

I think if the script writer and director really understand the source material and then form a good "modern day" concept to run with it could be good. Of course I mean could be good in the broadest sense, some pretty misaligned heavenly bodies need to come into alignment for that to happen and I won't hold my breath waiting.

I've found that when Bob dislikes a movie it's a 50/50 shot on my disliking it too. But anytime he gives a big thumbs up it' always on the money. Pumped that this is a great comedy after lately watching so many misses. Also thrilled that Seth Rogen has given up on his "leading man" aspirations which he pretty much can't pull off, and is going back to what he does best, your everyday slacker dude. Well in this one a more grown up version, but an everyday slacker dude none the less. ;O)

If that "funny" clip from the movie is supposed to be an indication of what I can expect from it, then I'll wait until it's on TV or something. That whole clip (and all the ads I've seen for this movie so far) felt so obnoxiously forced and boring.

Well as the saying goes, "one man's comedy is another's Chinese water torture".

So, what are the cape contenders for Effron? Any thoughts?

Flash if it's DC, and maybe Nova / Quasar / Adam Warlock if it's Marvel? A lot of Marvel's non-cosmic pipeline doesn't exactly scream "handsome white leading man-type".

Steve the Pocket:
...and banner ads that play full videos with unmutable audio over top of the video you're actually trying to watch.

God they drive me up the wall. I was planning on passing on this film but maybe it'll be worth a looksie.

Gxas:
Loved this movie. It was hilarious.

And the part shown in the review, where the kid starts reciting the "Path of the Righteous Man" had me in tears.

Definitely was a good start for summer comedies.

Seriously, tears? I didn't even crack a smile. I don't enjoy absurd comedy, it's just like laughing at a drunk guy, it's puerile.

Which means I wont enjoy this movie 'cos I assume it's basically in the Will Ferrell school of comedy AKA it's like step brothers or anything else he has appeared in.

The review opened with a fifty second clip from the movie that wasn't funny at all. Bob's opinion on comedy has been suspect ever since his review of Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

I'm sold.

The opening clip was painful. I can't stand conversations that consisted of popular movie quotes. And the couple just rolled with it? Hopefully it plays better with more context. I'm also unsure how well "launching people like a cartoon" will work. The review didn't show whether the movie had good comedic timing for that kind of stuff.

However, I liked "This is the End." The character conflict is interesting, and I want to see Zac Efron kill it. It's worth a shot.

The trailers have turned me off from seeing this. These slaw jaw morons are attacking someone taking care of children. The very premise of this makes me angry, not ready to laugh.

Just watched it last night. Hilarious, great fun film all around.

thisbymaster:
The trailers have turned me off from seeing this. These slaw jaw morons are attacking someone taking care of children. The very premise of this makes me angry, not ready to laugh.

It can work if done well. I think a good villain is not one that you necessarily agree with, but one that you "understand." You yourself may step back and say "there's a child involved, you monsters," but if done well, the film makers should be able to convey "they're too immature to understand that they're putting a child at risk." So you "get it." Stupid, young, brash, "kids" don't understand the possible ramifications of their actions. Bored, stiff, adults, that long for the "carefree days" of not being parents, don't realize that they should let it go for the sake of their child, and instead indulge in selfish self-gratification.

There are some interesting underlying themes that can be explored, IF the movie does it well. I don't know that this one does. I'll see eventually.

How does this movie compare to Old School?

AJey:
Another mediocre Marvel based TV show is really good news?! Okay....

Mediocre? You're being too kind to SHIELD.

I am surprised this is supposedly good. The trailers make it look awful.

omega 616:

Gxas:
Loved this movie. It was hilarious.

And the part shown in the review, where the kid starts reciting the "Path of the Righteous Man" had me in tears.

Definitely was a good start for summer comedies.

Seriously, tears? I didn't even crack a smile. I don't enjoy absurd comedy, it's just like laughing at a drunk guy, it's puerile.

Which means I wont enjoy this movie 'cos I assume it's basically in the Will Ferrell school of comedy AKA it's like step brothers or anything else he has appeared in.

Huh, well I guess you're right. I suppose your sense of humor is much more mature than mine, then. Though, these jokes are pretty well thought out throughout the movie. And, as always, it's the little things you notice in the background that will make you laugh so much harder.

And you have to remember, if you go into anything at all with a "mightier-than-thou" or negative attitude in the slightest, the intent of the work will never fully reach you, if it does at all.

Gxas:

omega 616:

Gxas:
Loved this movie. It was hilarious.

And the part shown in the review, where the kid starts reciting the "Path of the Righteous Man" had me in tears.

Definitely was a good start for summer comedies.

Seriously, tears? I didn't even crack a smile. I don't enjoy absurd comedy, it's just like laughing at a drunk guy, it's puerile.

Which means I wont enjoy this movie 'cos I assume it's basically in the Will Ferrell school of comedy AKA it's like step brothers or anything else he has appeared in.

Huh, well I guess you're right. I suppose your sense of humor is much more mature than mine, then. Though, these jokes are pretty well thought out throughout the movie. And, as always, it's the little things you notice in the background that will make you laugh so much harder.

And you have to remember, if you go into anything at all with a "mightier-than-thou" or negative attitude in the slightest, the intent of the work will never fully reach you, if it does at all.

I wouldn't say more mature, just different ... I love word play like the two ronnies (fork handles and hieroglyphics the most. Give the first one till 3:25)


I also like dark and insulting humour, the juxtaposition of making somebody laugh while making them feel bad or just that noise of I've heard something funny so I will laugh and then half a second later realizing that what was said is horrific and you feel bad for laughing at it ... it's like "hahaewww/hahaoohhh".

Of course, it's like those "Try not to laugh" videos on youtube, if you go into thinking "I will not even smile" then you wont but I actually had 0 information on the film until I saw that "funny" clip at the start, I didn't even know a single member of the cast.

AJey:
Another mediocre Marvel based TV show is really good news?! Okay....

I tend to agree, I have some trouble getting excited about this. While it could potentially be cool, it seems like it's a fan project gone a little too far. The basic thing is that they want to do a version of "Agents Of SHIELD" set during "World War II". That could in theory be cool, and I can see why they might find it useful to add some depth to the rest of the cinematic universe by showing things that happened in the past. AoS after all already planted some
seeds for them to give "The Howling Commandoes" and agents of the time some wild gimmicks. I suppose Agent Carter and Howard Stark being the heroes for a period piece given that they pretty much already wrote out Nick Fury by using the "Ultimate" version, he was the canon leader of "The Howling Commandoes" and the guy who did most of the hero-stuff during World War II stories when Captain America wasn't around.

The problem with Agent Carter is that when you get down to it, it's yet another "Marvel" show that isn't likely to involve any real super-heroes. It's apparently going in a similar vein to AoS, with vintage costumes and sets. It seems like an idea that was expanded to this degree because nobody really wanted to spend the money on FX to do a serious super-hero show, so we're pretty much looking at another "working around the edges" series where as much as possible can be done by guns, fisticuffs, and relatively cheap FX. Given that Netflix has it's "Defenders" series also going in this direction (i.e. heroes that aren't really flashy in their powers, or rely entirely on physical training), we're pretty much seeing an overload of this kind of thing on TV.

I'd be more exited if they actually were doing a Sharon Carter show, and actually doing a Ms. Marvel series, with Ms. Marvel using some flashy powers to actually fight super villains and such, however that isn't what this is supposed to be. That said we might very well see Ms. Marvel show up in the Marvel Cinematic universe, though if they do so I hope they manage to avoid all the political baggage attached to the character (which is in part why Moviebob seems to like her, he even did a show giving his opinion on the whole "Rape of Ms. Marvel" thing). That said it's a while in the future if at all.

I mean I'll give "Agent Carter" a shot, but I can't say I'm especially exciting. In a culture that has been pretty well saturated by tough female cops/agents toting guns and kicking people's butts, this is pretty generic, the only real spin is the Marvel connection and the World War II setting. If they pitched it without the Marvel part this would seem almost entirely generic, I mean they are even giving her Howard Stark apparently as a built in male-co-lead for the predictably "witty interplay".

Suicidal Zebra:
I've seen trailers for Neighbors (Bad Neighbours over here), and now MovieBob's glowing review, and still have absolutely zero desire to see it. At the best of times I'm not a fan of prank comedies as they inevitably descend into a pissing contest between unlikable arseholes and I wonder to myself why the hell I'm watching a car-crash of a movie.

Sorry Bob, but just like Pain And Gain you've not sold me on this one.

You didnt like Pain and Gain? Do you even know what humor is? :O

OT: but its zaaaaaaaaaaaaaaac..... :<

omega 616:

Gxas:

omega 616:

Seriously, tears? I didn't even crack a smile. I don't enjoy absurd comedy, it's just like laughing at a drunk guy, it's puerile.

Which means I wont enjoy this movie 'cos I assume it's basically in the Will Ferrell school of comedy AKA it's like step brothers or anything else he has appeared in.

Huh, well I guess you're right. I suppose your sense of humor is much more mature than mine, then. Though, these jokes are pretty well thought out throughout the movie. And, as always, it's the little things you notice in the background that will make you laugh so much harder.

And you have to remember, if you go into anything at all with a "mightier-than-thou" or negative attitude in the slightest, the intent of the work will never fully reach you, if it does at all.

I wouldn't say more mature, just different ... I love word play like the two ronnies (fork handles and hieroglyphics the most. Give the first one till 3:25)

I also like dark and insulting humour, the juxtaposition of making somebody laugh while making them feel bad or just that noise of I've heard something funny so I will laugh and then half a second later realizing that what was said is horrific and you feel bad for laughing at it ... it's like "hahaewww/hahaoohhh".

Of course, it's like those "Try not to laugh" videos on youtube, if you go into thinking "I will not even smile" then you wont but I actually had 0 information on the film until I saw that "funny" clip at the start, I didn't even know a single member of the cast.

Has a laugh track, one of the jokes is the fact that there are other genders besides men and women (ha, so funny!), another two jokes is that his assistant is attractive, a bunch of references I didn't get because I'm not from Britain, and the last two minutes is the kind of joke I remember from Highlights magazines (puzzle magazines for children). Cracked a smile at the intentionally missed translations, but seriously, a laugh track is the most hackneyed and uninventive method of getting a laugh via social pressuring.

The movie sounds interesting though. I have a friend who likes silly, light movies and always wants to go out and see a movie, so I imagine I might be seeing this.

Has it been confirmed that the new power rangers movie is going to be mighty morphin rangers? Or is it going to be a new set of powers?

RealRT:

TheMadDoctorsCat:

RealRT:
Oh, hey, look, a subtitle that tells me what the review is about, guess no reason to click the link and watch it now.
STOP DOING THESE RETARDED SUBTITLES. STOP. S.T.O.P. I WATCH THE VIDEOS TO SEE WHAT THE REVIEW IS GOING TO BE LIKE, TO KNOW WHAT THE REVEWERS THINK ABOUT THE PRODUCT. THE SUBTITLES SPOIL THE FUCK OUT OF THEM. I WANT TO BE SURPRISED. I WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT BOB LIKED IT IF YOU DIDN'T ADD A RETARDED SUBTITLE THERE. BUT NO. INSTEAD I GOT SPOILED. HEY, IMAGINE IF EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WAS CALLED "STAR WARS: DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER".

Please! Caps! Not that I necessarily disagree with your point... but still! Caps!

Anyway, the scene shown at the beginning of the review - as well as the stuff shown in the trailer - honestly convinced me that MB and I have very, very different senses of humour. I thought both were cringeworthy, to be honest... so I'll avoid this one. Sorry MovieBob. On the plus side, I didn't see either of the "Spiderman" reboot movies in the cinema either, so they aren't getting my cash money.

They are there to imitate shouting. I don't write EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MESSAGE LIKE THIS, I know how annoying it is.

There's still no reason to caps an entire post. You realise how annoying it is, so why do it?

Besides, you're watching a review, not a clip, movie or something, it's not spoiler material. Personally, I love them saying something like that because often I want to know whether Bob liked something, but don't have the time to watch the video or don't want to watch the video to avoid any sort of spoilers.

deathjavu:
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You do realize when that was actually shot don't you? More likely is that it is in front of a studio audience.

Look, we all have different tastes, I think "neighbours" is (as yahtzee likes to say) a bunch of wank ... much like anchor man and the hangover series. I prefer more word play and dark humor as it takes some thought.

Vrach:

RealRT:

TheMadDoctorsCat:

Please! Caps! Not that I necessarily disagree with your point... but still! Caps!

Anyway, the scene shown at the beginning of the review - as well as the stuff shown in the trailer - honestly convinced me that MB and I have very, very different senses of humour. I thought both were cringeworthy, to be honest... so I'll avoid this one. Sorry MovieBob. On the plus side, I didn't see either of the "Spiderman" reboot movies in the cinema either, so they aren't getting my cash money.

They are there to imitate shouting. I don't write EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MESSAGE LIKE THIS, I know how annoying it is.

There's still no reason to caps an entire post. You realise how annoying it is, so why do it?

Besides, you're watching a review, not a clip, movie or something, it's not spoiler material. Personally, I love them saying something like that because often I want to know whether Bob liked something, but don't have the time to watch the video or don't want to watch the video to avoid any sort of spoilers.

And they must realize how most of the site visitors find the subtitles annoying.

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