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Rapid Review-Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising

Bad Neighbours 2

Bad Neighbours (or Neighbors for the US audience) was a hit back in 2014 and its success at the box office meant a sequel was guarantied. But will the new neighbors be welcomed?

After a few years of peace Mac (Seth Rogan) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are in the process of selling their house but their dreams are shattered when a sorority decides to move in next door. Fearing their house sell will be in jeopardy and unable to reason with the girls, Mac and Kelly turn to the one person who can help them- their old enemy Teddy (Zac Efron).

If you liked the first movie then you are probably going to enjoy the sequel-which is just as well considering it’s basically a repeat of the same plot as last time. The themes are pretty similar too -fear of growing up or behaving responsibly, Mac and Kelly behaving as irresponsible as the kids. The ending also wraps up everything a bit too conveniently.

However while it doesn’t score high on originality I did find it to be consistently funny all the way through. The antics and pranks may be immature but they did make me chuckle. And the Sorority girls are are surprisingly likeable and funny additions to the already amusing cast.

Rating 3.5/5 -unorginal it may be but it is funny

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Spy

Spy

Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) team up again for this action packed comedy set in the world of international spies. But can they recreate the winning comedy of their earlier work?

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a desk bound CIA anyalist that communicates with field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) on his missions. When they learn that villain Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) has a nuclear device she plans to sell and she knows all the identity of the CIA field agents Susan volunteers to go undercover and track Rayona.

I like Melissa McCarthy and I’ve enjoyed her films with director Paul Feig and once again they’ve both made me laugh while watching Spy. Susan is more of a softer character than we normally see McCarthy play in movies, and it’s fun to see her play a different kind of role although she still knows how to shout obscenities at people as we witness later in the movie. The film looks like it was fun to make and the supporting characters seem to be having a ball. Jude Law is amusing sending up the James Bond esuqe agent Bradley Fine, while Jason Statham has a laugh at playing an arrogant and incompetent fellow CIA spy. Byrne is also a giggle as a vain villian and I loved seeing British comic Miranda Hart in a big Hollywood movie. There are also some good action sequences which manage to be funny and exciting.

However the film is also too long at 2 hours. What could have been a much tighter, funnier film has too much padding that could easily have been removed without any cost to the film’s enjoyment. There also wasn’t enough of Alison Janney’s CIA boss while the character of Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz) was also a laughter free cliché.

Rating 3/5 – funny and likeable but also way too long

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Bad Neighbours (2014)

Everybody needs good neighbours hey? Except we often don’t get a choice about who moves in next door to us and in the new comedy Bad Neighbours (released as Neighbours in the US) we see what happens when a normal couple get lumbered with the neighbours from hell.

Married couple Mac (Seth Rogan) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) have a newborn baby and are struggling to adjust to being responsible adults while their friends are still out enjoying their wild social lives. When a frat house move in next door with all night parties and endless noise, a bitter war between the neighbours soon start to escalate.

Maybe it’s because I have experienced noisy neighbours in the past that I completely sympathised with the main couple’s plight as their new neighbours keep them up all night with their loud antics. It also helps that Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne are a likeable if also flawed couple who are capable of being just as immature as the frat boys. The film isn’t afraid to show their main characters being less than perfect and both sides are shown to take things too far in the battle for the street.

I was glad to see that for once the main female protagonist wasn’t stuck playing the nagging wife role. Instead Kelly is a co-conspirator in the couple’s quest to get the Frat House evicted from their street and gives Byrne a chance to show off her comedic talents. In fact the whole cast put their all into this comedy. The frat boys which include Zac Efron and Dave Franco manage to be crude, rude and in some places strangely likeable. Meanwhile Seth Rogan takes on a lot of the physical comedy that the characters find themselves in and is rewarded for his efforts with plenty of laugh out loud moments.

It’s a shame that like so many films these days the  best jokes are spoiled in the trailers. Some audiences may also find some of the humour can be juvenile at times. While it may not be a classic comedy, it does provide plenty of laughs and leads that you can really root for.

Rating 3.5/5 – a funny,rude and enjoyable comedy

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The Internship

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up again eight years after their hit comedy Wedding Crashes entered our screens. Can the magic be repeated?

Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) have been made redunant from their work as salesmen. Desperate for work they apply as Interns for Google, depsite not knowing anything about technology. Split into groups where only one team will win, can Billy and Nick prove they’ve got what it takes to work for Google?

I was not expecting this film to be very good. All the films I read seemed to suggest this film was rubbish and not at all funny. So I was quite surprised to find myself laughing at lot during the film. Its nothing original but Vaughn and Wilson have the same great chemistry they had in Wedding Crashes and put their all into a so-so script.

There are plenty of failings in this film. All the other interns and Google workers are sterotypes.  Poor Rose Byrne was stuck in another underwritten female role (she needs to sack her manager, she can do much better than these roles as anyone whose seen her in Damages knows she can be great given the chance).  Vaughn and Wilson are by no means stretching themselves in this film, it would be nice to see them do something difference.

Ok so it’s not a classic film by any means but considering I was expecting a huge disaster on my hands  I was pleasently surprised.

Rating 3/5-its no Wedding Crashes but it had enough laughs to keep me enternained

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I Give It A Year

The Rom-Com genre is a notoriously difficult to get right, and this new British comedy shows how hard it is to perfect the winning formula.

I Give It A Year stars Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne as newlyweds Josh and Nat who find out married life isn’t what they thought it would be. Temptation arises as Josh gets closer to his ex-girlfriend Chloe (Anna Farris) and Nat works intimately with her new American client Guy (Simon Baker). Have they married the wrong person?

One of the problems with I Give It A Year is that the main couple are so hard to like. Josh is an immature fool and Nat is an uptight control freak. I’m unsure as to whether I’m meant to be rooting for them to stay together or divorce and get with their other love interests. But while watching the film I realised I didn’t care who ended up with who as they’re all so unlikeable. Only Farris’ Chloe is remotely sympathetic but I wouldn’t wish her to be saddled with Josh any more than Nat.

Likeable characters aren’t always necessary to have a good film (although it does help). But for this film to work it needs to be consistently funny. It does have some laugh out loud moments. Stephan Merchant’s best man speech is still funny despite it being shown so much in the trailers and Minnie Driver is great as Nat’s cynical sister. Farris is also hilarious in the world’s unsexy threesome scene. Unfortunately there is plenty of dry spells where there’s no laughs to be had.

The film tries to do something new with the genre by having you want the main couple to split up. But it never feels quite as subversive as it wants to be. The ending feels laboured and by the climax I just wanted everyone to end up single. Not really a good sign!

Rating 2 ½ out of 5

A good try but not nearly as funny as it needed to be or with enough characters to be care about.

 

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