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Video of the Week: “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects August 2, 2009

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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