NEW YORK (AP) — Seven years after Seth Rogen memorably struggled with the prospect of child birth in "Knocked Up," he's moved on to the anxieties of young parenthood in "Neighbors."
In the comedy, which Universal Pictures will release May 9, Rogen plays the father of a newborn who, with his wife (Rose Byrne), is adapting to their new life.
"It didn't escape us as we were making it," says Rogen of the connection from "Knocked Up" to "Neighbors." ''If you caught up with this guy the next year, there's a chance this is kind of a version of what his life would be like."
The young parents are challenged when a hard-partying fraternity (led by Zac Efron) moves in next door. But the rivalry that ensues is really a manifestation of their own issues: They still want to party, but they can't like they used to.
"Honestly, it was kind of one of the most relatable ideas that I've ever had anything to do with in a weird way," Rogen said in a recent interview. "No one's made a movie about a couple struggling with the fact that they have a baby and they can't party anymore. It might be one of the single most relatable moments in humankind."
Rogen has gotten accustomed to vying amid the blockbusters of summer with original comedies. Last year, he and his writing partner Evan Goldberg released the hit "This Is the End," an apocalyptic comedy that essentially parodied the disaster movies that so often populate the summer.