The War Next-Door is a simple Mexican comedy that plays on the idea of a neighbourhood rivalry that gets completely out of hand. Playing on class differences and slapstick comedy, this is a bit of a mixed bag, especially given its large ensemble and cliched characters.
The story is pretty simple enough and revolves around Leonor and her family given an opportunity of a lifetime when they move into a large house. This is a temporary deal, as it turns out, given their golden ticket only grants them this abode for a maximum of six months.
The only trouble is, their neighbour Silvia and her family aren’t best pleased with Leonor’s family. They believe she’s stolen the ticket and when loud music, a double-booked party and snide remarks crop up, it fans the flames of an almighty war between the two families.
Most of the show plays on episodic issues around this, ranging from a mysterious graffitied wall, first-day-at-work woes and the undying rivalry between Silvia and Leonor of course. With 8 episodes each clocking in at around 30 minutes or so, this is a light, breezy show to watch. The story is relatively simple throughout that time and the episodic format makes it easy to dip in and out of this one. Of course, there is a larger story going on here between the two families too, and its inhabitants – especially the kids who get their own subplots – do help give this a bit more depth.
Some of the editing is a little haphazard at times, while the acting is a mixed bag across the 8 episodes. Of course, given this is a comedy most of the show plays on exaggerated mannerisms and larger than life issues so it’s hard to grumble too much.
The War Next-Door lives and dies on its antics between the two women and this will ultimately make or break your experience with this one. At times the show delivers some pretty questionable gags while the ever-escalating rivalry becomes a little tiresome by series end – especially if you end up binging this one.
Still, as a simple comedic distraction, The War Next-Door has just enough to keep you invested until the end. It’s certainly far from the best comedy of the year and the show has more than a few problems that hold it back from being a better offering. Despite all that, if you’re in the mood for a light and breezy revenge comedy, this Mexican drama has just enough spice to keep you hooked.
Verdict - 6/10