“Neighbors” (*** OUT OF ****) is a riotous, gross-out, comedy of errors.
The premise is pretty basic: a young, married couple with an infant daughter is settling into a starter home in the suburbs clash with a college fraternity when the frat takes up residence next door. Rude and crude jokes fly like diarrhea. Mac Radner (Seth Rogen of “Knocked Up”) and his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne of “Bridesmaids”) are experiencing their first bloom of parenthood. Kelly never strays far from her baby monitor, while Mac performs the dutiful chores as the breadwinner. Although we don’t know specifically what kind of job he has, Mac has a boss that hates to impose himself as an authority figure on his employees. Meantime, Mac and his newly divorced best friend Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) like to smoke pot out back during ‘joint file’ breaks. Mac and Kelly are learning how to orchestrate their lives, particularly time for coitus, around their adorable daughter Stella. The first scene when Mac and Kelly are humping and bumping in a chair, with Mac sitting and Kelly perched astride him, is amusing. Stella is watching them intently with her big, round, bright eyes. Mac gets flustered because Stella is staring at them, and he suggests they turn her around. No sooner are they back to grinding than Mac notices that Stella has turned around and is eye-balling their every move with infantile fascination. The trials and tribulations of these young married parents is nothing compared to what awaits them after a college fraternity, Delta Psi Beta, buys the house next door and converts it into a party hardy paradise. Naturally, Mac and Kelly fear the Greeks will not only keep them awake but also Stella, so they plan to preempt those shenanigans. Actually, one of my best friends contended with a raucous fraternity that moved next door to them in a residential neighborhood and created pandemonium. In “Neighbors,” the frats and the young couple repeatedly refer to the distance—ten feet—that lies between them.