The Cast Behind the Hilarious Characters in "Neighbors"

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An innocent couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.
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May 7th, 2014

Every once in a while, a truly great comedy comes along that has widespread appeal, and every joke seems to hit the mark. The 2014 comedy "Neighbors" is one of those movies, offering uproarious laughter around every corner. When new parents Mac and Keller Radner find out their new neighbors are a wild fraternity, they at first try to make peace. However, things take a turn for the worse after the family calls the police on the frat boys, and an all-out war of increasingly complex gags ensues. The plot of this film was expertly written, but it would be nothing without the talented cast of actors and actresses who bring the characters to life.

 

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Seth Rogen as Mac Radner

Renowned comedy actor Seth Rogen plays Mac, a happily married father of a newborn baby who tries to get along with everyone and still sees himself as cool. Mac is perfectly content with his somewhat monotonous life, viewing intercourse in any room but the bedroom as playing on the wild side. When the Delta Psi Beta fraternity moves in next door, Mac tries to get on the good side of the cocky college students. However, when push comes to shove, he would do anything for his family. Rogen slips into his role perfectly, delivering yet another hilarious performance. The actor is also known for films such as "Knocked Up," "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express."

 

 

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Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner

The beautiful and talented Rose Byrne shines in her role as Kelly Radner, Mac's fun-loving wife, who is a firm believer that having a baby does not make her uncool. She joins Mac's efforts to welcome the frat boys, but when their parties become too loud and wild, she turns into a protective mother. Instead of leaving the hilarious pranks to her husband, Kelly concocts and carries out some of the most uproarious gags herself. Rose Byrne is a familiar face to comedy fans thanks to her performances in "Bridesmaids," "Get Him to the Greek" and several other movies; she is also known from horror films such as "Insidious."

 

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Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders

Best known for his role in Disney's "High School Musical," Zac Efron has certainly blossomed into a mature, talented actor. Even next to veterans like Rogen and Byrne, he steals the show by creating a hilarious, interesting and complex character, showcasing his versatile skills. His character Teddy is a cocky, outgoing fraternity president who devises elaborate schemes against Mac and Kelly, but he becomes increasingly insecure as the film progresses. Former teen heartthrob Efron has also acted in films such as "The Lucky One" and "17 Again."

 

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Dave Franco as Pete

Dave Franco plays Pete, Teddy's close friend and the brainy vice president of the Delta Psi Beta. Franco has acquired an impressive repertoire since he began acting in 2006, performing in films such as "Warm Bodies," "Now You See Me," "Superbad" and "21 Jump Street." He worked with Zac Efron previously on the drama "Charlie St. Cloud."

 

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie

Comedy actor Mintz-Plasse draws plenty of laughs as Scoonie, a frat boy best known for his oversized genitalia. The charming young actor has been gaining plenty of comedy experience with films such as "Superbad," "Kick-Ass" and "Role Models." He also gave a commendable voice-acting performance on the animated family film "How to Train Your Dragon" as the character Fishlegs.

 

 

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Lisa Kudrow as Dean Carol Gladstone

Lisa Kudrow is an accomplished actress, comedienne and writer. She plays the dean of the school to which the fraternity belongs, and Gladstone initially tries to pretend Delta Psi Beta is not a problem. However, she eventually has to put them on probation and may even have to shut them down for good if Mac and Kelly succeed in their plans. Although Kudrow's role is not a large one, her scenes are both fun and believable. She played Phoebe on the hit sitcom "Friends," and she has also acted in a number of films such as "P.S. I Love You," "Analyze This" and "Easy A."

The cast members of "Neighbors" each bring their own personalities and unique humor to the screen, creating a movie that is just as funny as it is genuine. As they come together, these up-and-coming and veteran actors bring the hilarious story of rivaling neighbors to life. To top it all off, Nicholas Stoller of "Get Him to the Greek" and "Yes Man" fame is in the director's seat, assuring audiences that this instant classic will be a wild ride.