Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 96 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 17+. The commercials and trailers for the film play up the pranks and competition aspect of the plot, but the movie won’t be appropriate for younger teenagers. There is prevalent drug use, sex, nudity, raunchy humor, cursing, and pretty much everything insane that a movie about hard-partying college students facing off against aggressive, trying-to-be-cool parents would entail. It deserves the R rating.
A lot of funny people and funny ideas are involved in ‘Neighbors,’ but the movie itself never propels itself past being slightly better than average. You’ll laugh every so often, but the humor of ‘Neighbors’ isn’t really the memorable kind.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Neighbors” has everything a movie about hard-partying fraternity brothers should have. Lots of cursing, lots of drug use, lots of sex, lots of partying, lots of debauchery on every scale. But while the antics here are outrageous, the film itself can’t find a throughline between them, can’t develop a plot around them. Although the film has the simplest of premises—frat vs. parents—it’s never as funny as it thinks it is.