This is a long way from Disney. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen get ready for battle in the raunchy red-band trailer for their upcoming comedy Neighbors. In this Apatow-esque comedy from director Nicholas Stoller, Rogen and Rose Byrne play a couple living the suburban dream. Everything’s swell until a rowdy fraternity moves in right next door and terrorizes the neighborhood. What follows is nothing short of all-out college town warfare. The trailer is filled with gross-out humor, shirtless Efron, and even a surprising number of CGI-assisted gags featuring Rogen getting laughably injured. The comedy also features Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Lisa Kudrow.
Efron, who is playing the scummy leader of the frat, seems to be trying to distance himself from his image as a squeaky clean Disney star while diving headfirst into the raunchy comedy genre. With this film and the upcoming Parkland, Efron is clearly diversifying his choices in roles, and become not only a serious dramatic actor, but a force in the comedy world as well.
While it’s a bit odd seing Efron play a sleazy fraternity brother, it’s possibly even more odd seeing Rogen play a responsible and devoted parent who is out of touch with the young college kids. If this movie was released five years ago, Seth Rogen would definitely be playing a shlubby college guy with a slight marijuana problem. It seems that times are changing for both of these actors.