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NEIGHBORS (R) - Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow, Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo. Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) are enjoying the American dream in a nice suburban house that’s missing only the white picket fence. They’re adjusting to life with their baby when life throws them a curveball. The house next door goes up for sale and is sold to the Delta Psi Beta Fraternity. At first, the two leaders, Teddy (Efron), and Pete (Franco), appear interested in fostering neighborhood amity, going so far as to invite Mac and Kelly to attend one of their parties. But, when things get out of hand and Mac calls the cops, Teddy takes off the gloves and the situation devolves into an all-out-war. Rogen is perfectly cast as the father who yearns for his frat boy years before discovering that may not be what he wants after all. Rogen and Byrne share nice chemistry and their relationship is believable as a couple who are still “into” each other, despite having passed beyond the honeymoon phase of their relationship. Efron, continuing his attempts to tarnish a previously squeaky clean image, is a credible bad guy. There’s no doubt that it earns the R rating - this isn’t for kids or (most) grandparents - but the laughter the movie generates validates the vulgarity. RATING: B

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT (PG) - Starring Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, Sean Astin, Logan White, Robert Amaya and David Hunt. Allyson (Drew) is often frantic and occasionally adorable. She has a bad case of the maternal blues. A stay-at-home mom whose husband (Astin) is often on the road, leaving her to cope. She’s a frustrated wannabe mommy blogger who blames her inability to write a sentence on the fact she hasn’t had a night out with the gals in two years. Allyson’s self-doubt about her parenting skills, coupled with mania about the life-changing potential of a night out, lead to rallying her two besties for dinner at an upscale restaurant. They fret over leaving the kids in the care of their husbands, who they fear are lacking in both parenting skills and common sense. Allyson puts on heels and a modestly sexy little black dress and slides behind the wheel of her minivan with the mommy vanity plates. She’s joined by Izzy (White), whose husband (Amaya) is actually afraid of their children, and Sondra (Heaton), a minister’s wife who is juggling demands of the church with a boundary-pushing teen daughter. The busy sitcom-style plot involving a missing baby, bowling, a biker (Adkins) and a chase in a Yellow Cab helmed by a mouthy Brit (Hunt) would try the patience of a saint. A Christian-based film that has some funny moments, but most are boring and silly. RATING: C

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