After learning that they're going to be parents to a second child, Mac and Kelly decide to sell their house, but when a Sorority moves in next door, they might have trouble finding a buyer.
The sequel to the highly successful 2014 film Neighbors is here but hasn't garnered much buzz or enthusiasm so far. I was in the minority with Neighbors back in 2014, I disliked the film, so I went into Sorority Rising with pretty low expectations, and left having had a reasonably good time with this sequel.
Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs) and Rose Byrne (X-Men: Apocalypse) star once again as Mac and Kelly, a couple who still haven't fully grown into their parenthood roles. The two decide that they need to grow up and start over when they learn that Kelly is pregnant again. The two buy a house and plan to move out within 30 days, but after a rule breaking Sorority moves in next door, a big and familiar problem rears its ugly head. Rogen and Byrne are the biggest reason why Neighbors 2 works for the most part, they're excellent on screen together and both are excellent comedy actors. Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad) who plays Mac's best friend is also a stand out.
Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) plays Shelby, a pot smoking feminist who decides that it's completely unfair and sexist that Fraternitys are allowed to throw parties but Sororitys cannot. She starts Kappa Nu along with two friends and it quickly goes out of control. What surprised me about Sorority Rising was the actual commentary on culture and sexism that it has. The film does bring up a very valid point, even though it beats you over the head with that point a few too many times.
When the Sorority gets out of hand, Mac and Kelly enlist the help of Teddy (Zac Efron, Dirty Grandpa), their former enemy, to help take down the Sorority so that they can peacefully sell their house. Efron is funny in parts, but he's really just there as eye candy for the female audience. Neighbors 2 follows a lot of the same beats of the first film, almost all of the jokes you've seen in the trailer are shown in a sabotage montage halfway in. This sequel is paced much better than it's predecessor and actually has something to say rather than just 90 straight minutes of dick jokes. The humor is crude and outrageous, but it's a lot more varied than the first film.
What did let me down about Neighbors 2 was the characters and story. I much preferred watching the Frat in the first film over the Sorority in this one. Efron, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz Plasse etc were a much more entertaining group to watch over Moretz and her gang. Even though I like this film over the first, I must admit, the story of the first film interested me more, purely because it was more original.
This is a funny yet formulaic sequel that will definitely have you laughing on a regular basis and offers much more depth than it's predecessor, but leaves much to be desired when it comes to lovable characters or an original story. I'm giving Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising a 6.4/10.