Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)




Nicholas Stoller




Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jerrod Carmichael, Lisa Kudrow, Hannibal Buress, John Ealy, Selena Gomez, Kelsey Grammer, Brian Huskey, Clara Mamet, Nora Lum, Liz Cackowski, Billy Eichner, Abbi Jacobson, Sam Richardson


When their new neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more out of control than the fraternity previously living there, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) team up with their former enemy Teddy (Zac Efron) to bring the girls down.


Sequels, why do they even bother making them if the result is this poor? I know Hollywood is constantly looking for a way to make more money, but isn't this a bit insulting towards the audience?

And that being said, "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" is easily one of the worst comedies of the year. And I'm sorry for saying that, because calling it a comedy is an insult to the other films of the genre.

Even though I didn't love "Neighbors", I was expecting - and I kind of wanted - this film to be like that one. Sure, the script was awful and loaded with clichés, and the dialogue was basically nothing but bad language. However, only now that I've seen this, I'm realizing how fun that one was. And I definitely had a good time watching it.

The same can't be said for this one. The script manages to be even worse, and while the first was just supposed to be a dumb film - at least I think so -, "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" seems like it wants to put in contrast young versus old and naive versus experienced, but it never focuses on that, or at least not long enough to consider it valuable. It also tries to make a statement pro gay couples and marriages, but, once again, the script doesn't focus enough on that.

Unlike in the past, this time around I was able to take sides. And I stood with the old couple, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, because a, Zac Efron was helping them, and b, Chloë Grace Moretz's character was utterly annoying. And this is the second time this year she proves she is an awful actress.

I should have stayed away from this one, and I suggest you do the same. If you're in the mood of a no-brainy film, watch "Neighbors" instead. Like I said before, I didn't like it much, but I'd always pick that one over this one.

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