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'Good Neighbors' Makes for a Boring Flick

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Movie: “Good Neighbors” Makes for a Boring Flick
May 25, 2013
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

For every incredible story about a neighbor you hear, there are always ten horror stories. Some neighbors are helpful and will do you favors, like pick up your mail when you are on vacation, while others you may never actually see, but you can hear their music blasting all hours of the day and night. Not everybody wants to have a relationship with their neighbors, but as Good Neighbors proves, it may be in your best interest to get to know them.  

Newly moved to Montreal, Victor (Jay Baruchel, Tropic Thunder) settles in at his apartment complex and quickly befriends two of his neighbors: clever, wheelchair bound Spencer (Scott Speedman, Underworld Series) and strange cat lover Louise (Emily Hampshire, Cosmopolis). Although Spencer and Louise have clearly been on friendly terms for quite some time, the addition of Victor makes them all uncomfortable around each other, but, as they are all alone, they persevere and remain civil.

As a serial killer is terrorizing the city, Victor offers to walk Louise home from work every night and falls in lust with her, but when Louise’s beloved cats turn up dead she uses his affections to frame him for the murder of their fellow neighbor who they believe is responsible (Anne-Marie Cadieux, The Far Side of the Moon). Will Victor be able to clear his name and in the process catch the real killer that is frightening the city?

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What is there to say about the Canadian made Good Neighbors other than the fact that is a generic thriller? The film is sold as somewhat of a black comedy, but there is nothing funny about it other than the appalling acting. There is little character development for any of the main characters and when they are given something to do it is obvious and often falls flat; all of the characters are shallow and you do not end up rooting for any of them. The actors sadly had little to work with as the script is uninspired and boring on every level.

Every plot ‘twist’ can be seen coming a mile away and the main one, that Spencer is not actually wheelchair bound and is the serial killer, comes fairly early on in the story. There are also plotholes that can quickly and easily take you out of the move (No one is going to see Spencer climbing out of his window? Framing Victor for murder basically because he is the only neighbor the other two speak to? No one questioning Louise’s odd obsession with the serial killer paired with her murderer shopping list? Etc.) The film just drags painfully on and on.    

Unless you are a diehard fan of one of the main actors there is no reason to waste your time on this film.

Good Neighbors is rated R for strong violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language and runs 99 minutes. It is currently available on Netflix Instant.

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