The movie was the most profitable comedy of 2014 based on its gross to budget ratio. “Neighbors” grossed $268 million worldwide, including $150 in North America alone. While that might not be much as compared to all the Marvel Comics Movies and films that got panned by the critics like the last Transformers movie, remember that those other pictures cost more than $200 million to make.
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In the original film, Rogen played Mac Radner who, together with his wife Kelly, played by Rode Byrne, move into an idyllic suburban home. But trouble ensues when a fraternity from a local college moves into the house next door. Led by Zac Efron and Dvae Franco, Rogen’s usual partner James Franco’s younger brother, the frat boys proceed to make the Radner’s lives hell.
The original’s director Nicholas Stoller will also be directing the sequel. Rose Byrne is also reportedly returning for the sequel.
The new movie will be produced by Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver’s Point Grey Pictures.
“Neighbors 2” is expected to be released May 16th 2016.
The original got mixed reviews and only a 73% rating at the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Scott Mendelson said in Forbes, “Neighbors is a rock-solid comedy. It has a genuinely interesting premise and tells its story with just enough smarts and humanity to make the vulgarity and bawdy humor stick. The film is actually about something worthwhile, yet (for better or worse) doesn’t let its themes overtake the comedy. It operates as a genuinely funny, but not obnoxiously course, mediation on the bumpy and uncertain transition to adulthood. Neighbors just simply works.”
While The Examiner said, “If the gags had at least been funny, it may have been able to function on the level of a really dumb comedy, but given the fact that they aren’t, there’s not a whole lot to do except roll your eyes over and over as Rogen and co. try in desperation to make you laugh. The other semi-nice thing that can be said is that the level of humor isn’t quite as low as anticipated. There is indeed some lowbrow stuff here (the frat kids making molds of their privates, a duel with dildos), but at least the film isn’t filled with it. It even manages to garner a smile or two, but unfortunately it doesn’t elicit any good belly laughs.”