|Trust me. That clown is even scarier than that.|
IntroSometimes you just gotta skip over the filler to get down to the meat of it all. Besides, I've already done intros for director Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors), Seth Rogen (This Is the End), and party movies. Although, I could do an intro about films that deal with sexism and the women who overcame those odds? The hell with that! Let's talk about Neighbors! Again.
The first Neighbors was a decent comedy with a touch of sentimental heart, that was good as a stand alone film. It really didn't need a sequel, but we're getting one anyway. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is however a worthy follow up that generates the same (if not more) amount of laughs as before. The focus has shifted more to the college kids this time, while Rogen and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) plan to leave the neighborhood. Also, the return of Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa), helps to keep things familiar. There's certainly less heart with this one, but it makes up for it by using constant laughs as back up. The plot is very similar, with a few tweaks here and there.
The return of previous actors such as Ike Barinholtz (Mad TV), Carla Gallo (Californication), Dave Franco's eyebrows (Warm Bodies), Lisa Kudrow (Lucky Numbers), Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), and Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show), are largely quick and don't interfere just for the sake of nostalgia. Rogen and Bryne are their same old selves. Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) takes Efron's place as Rogen's and Byrne's main problem. Aside from a few moments where she sounds like a retarded pot head, Moretz effectively brings up the topic of sexual discrimination in a way that isn't preachy or one-sided. She delivers the message and looks competent when doing so. Efron however, is the film's biggest asset. His character is assuredly an idiot, yet he's so good-intentioned and full of vigor, that Neighbors 2 is much better for his return. It's too bad that he doesn't have any moments with Rogen that are as good as the Batman bonding scene from part 1 though. He does have a couple with Franco that fairly makes up for it. The laughs are always as big, but they are surely more consistent.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
The Good- The dildo princess, escrow and sorority talk, air bag paranoia at the office, the bipolar resident assistant, Buress and Carmichael discriminate against weed dealers, Barinholtz's creepy clown, and those air bag goofs never get old.
The Bad- The convenient ending where everything works out. Uh-uh.
The Ugly- Vomit can be funny. Just not during a sex scene with Rogen and his beard.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is more entertaining and funny than I gave it credit for. Go see this in theaters for multiple laughs and a few gross out moments. Hey, maybe part 3 can have Efron's wedding planner having to compete with another company for gay customers? Call it, "Gaybors"! Better yet, I'll just stick to writing reviews.
Rating- 7 out of 10
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)R | 1h 32min | Comedy | 20 May 2016 (USA)
When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien
Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron