Zac's house of fun; MOVIES Seth Rogen's latest comedy offering is crude and lewd but gets you in the mood for laughs, although not a film for the faint of heart.
Provided you've a strong stomach for jokes revolving around copious vomiting, overdosing on magic mushrooms and - seriously - infant HIV infection, you're in for the comedy of the year.
Not since Knocked Up have the horrible and the hilarious made for such winning bedfellows. That film's star Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are thirtysomethings Mac and Kelly who move to the suburbs following the arrival of their first child. While life proves peaceful and just a little boring, things liven up when the house next door is bought by the Delta Psi Beta fraternity whose members' first, middle and last priority is to party as hard as possible. It's a culture clash that causes the neighbours a series of increasingly bitter run-ins.
You can tell this is a comedy from the Judd Apatow stable not just because of the bawdy, boundary-pushing humour but because it's one filled with rounded, believable characters.
Amid the kegs being emptied and the chunks being blown, there's a sincerity and sweetness that offsets some of the more grotesque gags. Even one where Mac and Kelly's infant daughter is caught playing with a discarded condom.
It seems Mac and Kelly are dealing with the creeping suspicion they're turning into middle-aged, middle-class bores. There are some terribly well-observed scenes when they're invited to one of their neighbours' keg parties and do their damndest to appear cool. As relations sour, there's also a terrific moment when they wrestle with how to ask them to turn the music down without appearing uncool.
Similarly, the fraternity's alpha male Teddy (Zac Efron) may appear a douche but he comes with a likable, sensitive side.
His barely-hidden attraction to a fellow frat boy (Dave Franco) is a side to his character that makes him much more than a cardboard jock. Funny, filthy - and definitely not for the faint of heart.
10 second review Best quote: "You just woke a sleeping giant." Teddy declares war on his neighbours. Best bit: An avalanche of laugh-out-loud gags. Worst bit: Don't take your mum to see it.
If you liked.. Old School, 21 & Over, Project X ...you'll like this
PARTYING Zac Efron with fraternity brothers
PARENTS Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star
HERE COMES TROUBLE Zac Efron as the fraternity alpha male Teddy Sanders