New in Theaters: 'Neighbors,' 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return'

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The second week of movie summer brings us as schizophrenic a set of releases as can be—one is an R-rated (and very rightly so) comedy, and the other a light animated feature for the whole family. At this point, the familiar line to trot out is, “Well, there’s something for everyone!” However, if the critics are to be believed, this is only the case if you have low standards for animated films.

Our more earthy release this weekend is Neighbors—a comedic, very explicit romp about the conflict between Seth Rogan’s family man and his new neighbor, Zac Efron’s stereotypical college frat boy. Naturally, the two don’t play nice, and chaos ensues.

Critics were fairly impressed with this film (a rare thing for a comedy), given the film’s Tomatometer rating of 74%. The movie has an impressive comedic pedigree, and with a script that can walk the line between gross and funny, it’s a definite winner for an adult audience (if you enjoy this kind of humor, of course). The Box Office Guru predicts weekend revenues of $35 million (which is pretty big, considering the limited demographic that will see this film).

Also coming out today is Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. The film is set shortly after Dorothy’s (Lea Michele) return to Kansas, where she is promptly sent spinning back to Oz, and reunites with some old friends—the scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the lion, (Jim Belushi), the Tin Woodsman (Kelsey Grammer), and Glinda the good witch (Bernadette Peters) to save the Emerald City from a devious new threat (Martin Short).

Despite a cast packed with otherwise talented actors, the film suffers from a lazy script and forgettable musical numbers, earning itself a mere 16% from Rotten Tomatoes. Accordingly, it can’t expect much more than $4 million over the weekend.

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