Title – Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)
Director – Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek)
Cast – Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Dave Franco, Selena Gomez
Plot – Thinking that their neighbour troubles were over and with their house up for sale, Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) must somehow get rid of a sorority of female college students led by Shelby (Moretz) that have moved in next door. They find a possible solution by teaming up with one time nemeses and trouble making ex-fraternity leader Teddy (Efron).
“Those girls are out of control”
Review by Eddie on 6/05/2016
2014’s Bad Neighbours was a pleasant enough comedic diversion that won extra credits thanks to its winning cast and fair share of laugh out loud jokes and while its wasn’t exactly a film that screamed out for a sequel here in 2016 here we are with Bad Neighbours 2 aka Sorority Rising.
Returning with his cast is director Nicholas Stoller and along with his actors it’s safe to say his a filmmaker on autopilot, going through the motions in a familiar set up of parents Mac and Kelly Radner (once again played by Seth Rogen and Aussie Rose Byrne) versing a group of rowdy college kids next door except this time it’s not a bunch of women hungry dudes led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco, but rather a bunch of money hungry girls led by Chloe Grace Moretz’s Shelby who just wants to be in a sisterhood that will last a life time.
In many ways subverting what we’ve come to expect from these type of films, Stoller is clearly trying to fit in today’s climate and say to us all that hey “women want to have fun to” and it’s an interesting ploy but one that doesn’t feel overly authentic and as these sisters go about their business of selling weed to pay for rent and stealing peoples furniture you can’t help but feel a little awkward and the agenda pushing by this comedy, whilst a nice change of pace in some ways is also not enough to save a film that’s biggest problem is the fact it just doesn’t have enough big laughs to sustain its almost play by play repeat of the first film.
Sorority Rising actually has a large portion of out and out stinkers when it comes to the jokes department, running gags about minions and a particular “toy” Mac and Kelly’s child Stella keeps playing with are continually brought up but never eventuate into laughs and the banter between Rogen and Byrne isn’t as good as the first film. The film finds some redemption though in its side players like the returning Zac Efron once more playing the same comedy role we’ve come to expect from the “jock” persona he does and The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz steals many of the films best moments with role as the thankless Jimmy.
A totally throwaway comedy that won’t win many new fans from those that disliked the original, Bad Neighbours 2 try’s its best to do something different with its ‘sisterhood’ infused play on the partying college kids staple but overall this is a tale that doesn’t need any political or feminist messages and gets by on a few mildly amusing gags that will be quickly forgotten about once the cinema lights turn back on and those doors swing open.
2 ½ chunks of meat out of 5