“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” Movie Review

I think I’m in love with Rose Burne right now. That’s not meant to sound creepy or wrong in any way. This raunchy comedy was released on May 20th, 2016, just managing to turn a profit of $57.5 million after two weeks. The film acts as a sequel to the comedy Neighbors, released in 2014, which I missed out on. Though honestly, of all the crucial elements of life that I could regret missing, seeing the original Neighbors is probably not one of them. Point is, now we have ourselves a sequel. And in the sequel, Seth Rogen’s Mac and Rose Byrne’s Kelly are attempting to sell their house for a nicer one to raise a bigger family in. Their home is put into escrow, meaning the buyers have 30 days to inspect their potential home for any problems, and can back out of the deal at any moment. And right when the escrow period begins, three college freshman Shelby, Beth, and Nora decide to buck traditional sorority trends and host raving feminist-themed parties in the house next door as the sorority Kappa Nu. Desperate to get rid of the girls, Mac and Kelly choose to enlist the help of Zac Efron’s former fraternity ring leader, Teddy, to come up with insane plans of getting Kappa Nu out of their neighborhood. I really mean it when I say that their strategies are crazy, almost to an absurd and outlandish level. Doesn’t mean that it wasn’t entertaining to watch. For example, in one scene Mac and his friend are throwing pounds upon pounds of bedbugs into the house, and then it’s covered in a tarp the next morning. I will say that at this point, Seth Rogen is just Seth Rogen. He kind of plays the same character in each of his movies. But he’s so natural in his craft and so lovable that you can’t help but root for him. Rose Burne was really funny as his wife, no matter how out of his league she may be. I enjoyed how the writers made a co-conspirator with Seth Rogen rather than simply placing her at the sidelines, as comedies like this tend to do. But can we stop for a moment to talk about Zac Efron for a second? Statistically speaking, I think it is a mathematical fact that at least 1 out of every 75 Disney Kids might not crash and burn in their lives. Efron has some true comedic prowess. In fact, if he has a good agent and is smart about his career choices, he could be the next Bradley Cooper. You kind of pity his character because all of his friends have gotten themselves different jobs and opportunities, but he hasn’t really moved on with his own life. Let’s also touch on Chloe Grace-Moretz because, by God, she is one of the best child actors in the business. She and all of her sorority girls have excellent chemistry, their banter providing some of the biggest laughs in the movie. It’s really interesting to see the ridiculous characters work with one another, in a rather feminist plot. It directly addresses certain misogynistic aspects of college life, such as how many frat parties have the word “Ho” in as part of the theme. These girls want to fight the power, frustrated by how they have basically let men govern the majority of their lives, and strive to create a sorority where anyone is welcome. Director Nicholas Stoller has given us the most relevant piece of progressivism in som,e time. It’s gratuitous, though. The very first scene shows Mac and Kelly’s daughter playing with a purple dildo. That, alone, earns the hard R-Rating. All in all, I don’t think Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising was strictly necessary. But I had a great time watching it, I liked the characters, I loved Zac Efron, and Rose Burne was a great surprise in the movie. It knew exactly what it was, and played it up.

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