Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Neighbors

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Neighbors – Opening May 9, 2014

There are plenty of trailers these days out for big Oscar movies coming this fall and winter, and I’ll be sure to get to those soon. But there are also a few for other films coming out in 2014 that are starting to be advertised now. Among them is red-band trailer for “Neighbors,” which comes from Nicholas Stoller, the director of “The Five-Year Engagement” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” I’m particularly interested in a positive cinematic interaction with Seth Rogen since I think that he’s extremely funny – “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” being the best examples of his talents – and I was so very disappointed in the mess that was “This Is the End.” Here, he’s paired with Rose Byrne, who was so serious for five years on “Damages” but showed that she can be funny in “Bridesmaids,” and who, for once, gets to use her native Australian accent. What’s most entertaining about this setup is that, like “Superbad,” is positions Rogen to be one of the older generation who has to contend with what is essentially a younger version of himself, as played by Zac Efron, James Franco, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. It’s a great reteaming of comedic talents of different ages, and having them go to war looks like a blast. The scenes included in the trailer are a bit over-the-top, and as long as it doesn’t get too crazy, this could easily be the best movie in a few years starring players from the extended Judd Apatow universe.

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