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Neighbors | 2014 | R | - 9.6.10

A husband (Seth Rogen) and his wife (Rose Byrne) are raising a new baby in a quiet neighborhood, when a college fraternity and its leader (Zak Efron) move in next door. Chaos prevails as the neighbors and the fraternity wage war against each other. Also with Ike Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow, Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Directed by Nicolas Stoller. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A husband sits nude in a straight back chair while his wife (wearing a blouse and short-shorts) straddles him and bounces during intercourse and their 4-month old baby in a bouncy chair laughs at them while they moan (we see the man's bared chest, arms, back, buttocks and legs, and the woman's bare legs); they stop because the baby is watching. A husband and his wife are both nude and having sex on a couch, moaning as we see their full naked bodies (we see his full nude back, the top and side of his buttocks and legs and we see her bare neck, shoulder and her left side and legs) when several fraternity brothers walk in the front door and cheer, embarrassing the couple. A nude man thrusts with a nude woman lying under him and against a corner in a large bed (we see his full naked back view and her arms, thighs, and legs); they are interrupted by another man walking into the room.
 Two nude women from the waist-up shake their breasts in the face of a college-aged man. A woman says that she should pump milk from her breasts and we see both bare breasts, swollen and turning blue; her husband pinches one nipple and it squirts a strong stream of milk in his face; he says it tastes funny and it is poison and cannot be given to the baby. A woman sits with a breast pump against her breast (she is clothed wearing a tube top that shows no cleavage). A man tries to belly dance, wiggling his abdomen underneath his T-shirt.
 Several fraternity pledges wear only elephant head covers/masks as they march in a circle (we can see their bare chests, backs and the tops of buttocks) and they each seem to have one hand up the rectum of the man in front of him. A woman has a penis around her throat and quips that she has a choker necklace (it is not clear whether it is an actual penis, but it appears to attached to the groin of a fraternity brother standing behind her (his groin, trousers fly, and zipper are not clearly visible). A man in a living room with friends stands and shows them a large erection that balloons in his pants and the friends applaud.
 Fraternity members are shown with long plastic tubes over their penises, with their pants' zippers closed around the tubes; one man rips a tube from another man's body below the shot and the second man shouts in pain as we see a large amount of pubic hair stuck to the end of the tube; the scene cuts to the man in front of the fraternity house selling white rubber models of their penises to women and later two men are shown hitting each other with rubber penises (one of the models is two feet long).
 Many scenes feature shirtless college men wearing shorts that reveal bare chest, shoulders, arms, abdomens and lower legs. Several scenes feature women wearing bikini tops and short-shorts or bikini tops and bottoms while dancing or swimming and revealing significant cleavage, bare abdomens, shoulders, backs and full bare thighs and legs. A poster shows a drawn woman nude from waist-down, buttocks/thighs facing the camera (genitals are not shown). A painting features the torsos of three ample-bosomed women wearing bikini tops that bare significant cleavage, shoulders and stomachs. Two men stand outside an Abercrombie & Fitch store, shirtless; one man is muscular and the other man is flabby and shaking his belly. Two older prostitutes wear leather tube tops and matching skirts.
 In three scenes, different pairs of college age women kiss passionately. A college-aged woman kisses an elderly woman on the mouth. A married woman kisses a fraternity man and then pairs him with a college-aged woman, placing his hands on the other woman's buttock and the new pair kiss passionately as the scene ends. Heterosexual couples kiss briefly in four scenes. A wife and her husband kiss goodnight while wearing their retainers.
 A wife and her husband say they will have sex on the kitchen floor, but fall asleep on it instead. A fraternity pledge says that he was promised oral sex if he would become a fraternity member. A man brags that he "used to get girls." A man complains that his wife's vagina is so stretched that it is like an old stretched out sweater. Later, he asks a friend's wife to be a surrogate mom and says he will masturbate into her; she declines. A fraternity president tells a couple there will always be fraternity men next door, looking at the baby daughter as she grows up. A fraternity pledges shirt reads "[anatomical term deleted] juice." A man says that the number one problem for fraternities is rape.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - An extended fight sequence shows two men punching, kicking, choking, slamming each other against walls, breaking down a door, hitting each other with rubber penises (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and falling; we see a stream of blood trickle from one man's temple. A short fight scene features two men yelling and then grabbing one another's genitals (clothed) and squeezing until one man shouts loudly in pain and the fight ends. In several scenes, men kick each other in the crotch, and then double over and groan in pain. A man jumps off a balcony off-screen and we see his leg is broken; we later see him walking on it with a slight limp (without medical treatment).
 A young baby picks up a used condom on the lawn and places it in her mouth; her parents race her to the ER and a doctor states, "Your baby has HIV... is how bad it could be, but the condom was unused"; the mother screams and charges toward the doctor, but her husband holds her back.
 Members of a fraternity seek revenge against the people who report them for having loud parties and hold even louder parties as well as trashing the neighbor's lawn and toilet paper their trees; during parties men throw pledges wearing helmets down a long staircase (we see no injuries) and during one party the men throw large glass objects off the front porch and we see and hear shattering glass; they throw barrels and one hits an older man, knocking him to the ground (he moves, but does not get up), fireworks are launched from the attic and some explode inside a police cruiser that runs onto the sidewalk and the police officer exits the car unharmed and calls for backup; a dozen cruisers with sirens and flashing lights arrive and the first officer shoots his gun into the air three times (no one is injured) as many neighbors complain about the noise and partygoers disperse as the first officer clubs a man in the stomach (the man shouts in pain) and pulls him toward a cruiser, saying that he will spank the man. Several loud fraternity parties result in police having to break them up.
 Automobile air bags hidden in chairs burst open and throw a man across his living room, unhurt. Airbags hidden in chairs at work throw a man and a coworker slamming them into the ceiling and back to the floor, dazed, but uninjured.
 Several loud arguments occur between a husband and his wife, male friends and male coworkers. A man says that he wants to buy a gun and shoot fraternity members, but decides against that course of action; instead, he takes an axe and breaks the fraternity's water line, flooding the house. A man takes a condom in a baggie and slams it down on a college dean's desk, complaining, but the dean thinks it is not a serious problem. A husband and his wife leave their young baby at home alone one night to go to a frat party next door (the baby is unharmed).
 Three men vomit onto a floor in different scenes and we see white vomitus. One man spits on a concrete ledge and we see white spittle drop from his mouth in a long shot. Fraternity pledges eat feces and smear themselves with it. Two men urinate into an outdoor fountain at a home (below frame) and we see two streams hitting a beer can in the water; we hear the men say they are playing "sword fight." An adult at a frat party is shown covered with tattoos and wearing a sleeveless leather vest and pants, resembling a gang member.


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LANGUAGE 10 - At least 148 F-words and its derivatives, 4 obscene hand gestures, 5 sexual references, 63 scatological terms, 26 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, lame, stupid, dumb, whore, sluts, abomination, ridiculous, ludicrous, child, genius), stereotypical references to men, women, parents, divorced couples, fraternities, prostitutes, gay advocates, police officers, college officials. exclamation (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 29 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, For Christ's Sake, Holy [scatological term deleted]).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men smoke joints outside at work and one of the men swallows his joint when the boss appears, a man smokes a joint at a party in two scenes, a husband and his wife smoke a joint at home, members of a fraternity dump large amounts of marijuana into barrels of fire inside a house and smoke fills the rooms, a room in a house is said to be filled with drugs and alcohol for fraternity members, a man eats marijuana from a baggie and another man states that he ate a whole baggie full before he had a meeting with a college official (he laughs throughout the meeting), a man says that he sees a two-story tall bong (we do not see it), and a man says that he can't stop doing mushrooms with teenagers. Several fraternity parties and meetings feature large numbers of liquor bottles and men and women drinking shots (some are fluorescent), people drink beer from red cups and bottles as well as mixed drinks and glasses of wine, two fraternity men drink Jack Daniels from teacups on the front porch and other frat men drink beer from 40-oz. cans, a man drinks a beer from a bottle at his home, a man makes a comment about partying with teenagers and it is implied that some of the fraternity men and their girlfriends are underage and drinking illegally, all of the fraternity parties show men and women drinking to drunkenness and we see them fall and giggle, a home movie shows college men playing Ping-Pong while drinking beer, and a husband and his wife get their baby ready to go to a bar and they fall asleep in their foyer (they do not go). To men smoke tobacco pipes in two scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - College life, career goals, reality, maturity, friendship, families, raising children, use of drugs and alcohol, indiscriminate sex.

MESSAGE - Most college men eventually grow up.

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