Neighbors (Bad Neighbours) | 2014
Retitled in the UK, in case anybody thought the daytime Aussie soap had finally made it to the big screen, Nicholas Stoller’s addition to the ‘escalating feud’ genre isn’t going to win any awards for originality, but it’s an enjoyable enough laddish, slightly gross, School-of-Apatow outing.
Neighbouring suburban homes usually screams ‘Pasadena’ but, for once, the city of ‘Ardendale’ is Los Angeles proper. The comfy home of young parents Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) on ‘West Olmstead’ is 2179 West 20th Street between South Gramercy Place and South Western Avenue in the classy South Kinney district of West Adams, midtown.
It all looks so sweet, until the U-Haul truck arrives bearing giant Greek letters and the couple realise they’ll be living next door to a frat house. The numbering system on this street defies logic and the Delta Psi Beta house where, in time honoured tradition, Teddy and Pete (Zac Efron and Dave Franco) are planning the legendary party of all time is 2203 West 20th Street.
The retro restaurant in which the Radners meet up with Assjuice (Craig Roberts) to set up an exposé of the frat’s hazing ritual is the Johnny Rockets Sports Lounge, in the Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, alongside Universal Studios in Studio City, north of Hollywood.
And it’s also in CityWalk you’ll find the branch of Abercrombie & Fitch outside which Teddy eventually finds his niche as a shirtless model. You won’t be surprised to find that Neighbors is a Universal production.