The first Neighbors film was a surprise hit that made audiences laugh out loud at the raunchy, but relatable humor that mixed the college experience with the lives of first time parents. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising changes up the foes for Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) as a an upstart Sorority moves in next door to them with an agenda to party and fight the sexist fraternity culture. This is bad news for Mac and Kelly who are in the process of selling their home for their expanding family. The young parents once again go to war with the girls next door headed by Shelby (Chloë Grace Moritz) who has no intentions on slowing down the sorority.
When it comes to comedies, the goal is to make the audience laugh and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising definitely has some humorous moments and adult dialogue. Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen once again shine as two adults that are done with their cool years and just want live a nice quiet life away from the college atmosphere. Even though the involvement of the Teddy character seems like a forced casting action that we see in many comedy sequels, Zach Efron once again shows he can be funny and handsome playing a former stud who is coming to grips with being old.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will make you laugh, but the problems being when you start to think about the movie too hard. Director Nicholas Stoller doesn’t change the formula when it comes to the jokes and storyline. The film is basically the original Neighbors with a sorority instead of obnoxious frat causing problems. Also the film can’t decide if it wants to be political statement about the sexist Greek culture on our university campuses or a silly comedy where you turn your mind off. It’s a hard to have both of these styles mixed together, which creates some moments that are out-of-place in a film like this with gross pranks.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a nice brain vacation, even if it lacks originality. The new group of adversaries in the form of Kappa Nu don’t live up to their male predecessors in terms of laughs, but luckily Rogen, Efron and Byrne have done this comedic song and dance before. The core group of characters pick up the slack in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising where Moritz and company are lacking.
Overall, I give Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 2.75 out of 4 stars.
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