Whether or not you’ve had a trying experience with a next-door neighbor (or roommate, for that matter), you will almost certainly find the video for The All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” entertaining. The situation is all too familiar, whether you’ve experienced it first-hand or have just seen it on countless sitcoms: two neighbors with seemingly nothing in common (except, of course, a mutual loathing for each other) go out of their way to annoy each other. In this case, it’s a sloppy rocker who lives with his girlfriend and band, and a clean-cut prep living a quiet, fifties sitcom-style (complete with sleeping arrangements) life with his wife. Needless to say, a feud ensues. The neighbors’ antics consist mostly of sleep-disrupting mischief, presumably started by the band’s late-night rehearsal keeping their neighbor awake. To make matters even more hilarious, both angry neighbors are played by the same guy: the band’s lead singer, Tyson Ritter. Also hilarious is how well the lyrics – though most likely written for an ex – fit into the context of the video (note rocker-Ritter’s facial expression when prep-Ritter says, “If you find a man who’s worth a damn and treats you well” about a minute and a half in), and how visibly ridiculous both the rocker’s girlfriend and the prep’s wife find their partners’ bickering. Luckily, thanks to a simple but brilliant idea hatched by these two women, a happy ending is met for all. Enjoy.
There are at least three versions of the video for “Gives You Hell”, with two of them varying only slightly. One is a little bit longer, plus has a very brief shot of the rocker giving an obscene hand gesture, and has a different (and less G-rated…by this I mean it garners more of a PG-rating, but nothing more) ending scene involving the rocker and the prep’s wife. To see this version, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SL8GIqhrhI
To see a slightly shorter (and cleaner) version of the video, which is the one that’s usually shown on TV, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l06M-dsQf3Q
The third version, on the other hand, just shows the band performing in their house, omitting the neighborhood feud plotline as well as Ritter’s neat-freak doppleganger. But the singer does still make some funny faces in the video. If you want to see this one, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV4l2cb4Qbk