Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall; Get Him to the Greek; The Five-Year Engagement)
Synopsis: Young parents run afoul of hard-partying college fraternity next door, who have turned their house into a house fit for animals, a “Beast Home,” if you will.
- Some scenes that are quite rib-tickling. The frat hall of fame flashback was probably my favorite scene in the picture.
- Good cast. I actually don’t mind Seth Rogen, which is high praise these days. Rose Byrne is surprisingly well-suited for a comedy like this, plus she’s not hard to look at, and her breasts look wonderful even if they’re prosthetic and ready to explode with milk. Zac Efron was better than I thought he would be. And I think I actually like Dave Franco more than his brother.
- The baby is probably the second- or third-cutest baby I’ve ever seen, and her cutaway shots are some of the funniest moments in the movie.
What doesn’t work:
- Ok. Weed. We get it, Rogen.
- Zac Efron’s character Teddy, the head of the frat, seems to devolve over the course of the movie from cool, semi-witty guy to a violent meathead, so he actually gets less interesting as the movie goes along. There’s actually a scene 3/4ths of the way through the movie set at a job fair that’s really weird and pointless that all of a sudden establishes that he’s stupid and thinks having a job is lame. At no point until then did he really seem like an idiot. It’s just bad scriptwriting.
- So basically, Rogen and Byrne are the worst parents in the world. I actually identified with them in the beginning as new parents, but they’re pretty much dickholes as a mom and dad. Who even attempts to have sex in front of their kid? I actually disliked them more and more until at the end there basically weren’t any protagonists left and I was just hoping the movie would end without a cameo by Snoop Dogg.
Overall: This movie has its funny moments but really it’s just the same stuff over and over again and none of the characters are all that likable. You’re supposed to be on the side of Rogen and Byrne but they’re just douchebags. There’s really not a ton to say about it, if you’ve seen a Seth Rogen comedy you’ve pretty much seen all of the jokes in this. It doesn’t break any sort of new ground, and college movies like Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds are infinitely better. I’ll recommend it if you’re under the influence of something and in the right mood, but there’s nothing special about it. Like using a condom.
Score: 6 half-eaten condoms (out of 10)