Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
|Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nicholas Stoller|
by Andrew J. Cohen
|Music by||Michael Andrews|
|Edited by||Zene Baker|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$53.5 million|
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (released as Bad Neighbours 2 outside North America) is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Stoller, Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It is the sequel to the 2014 film Neighbors and stars Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco and Ike Barinholtz. It was released on May 20, 2016, in the United States, received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $53 million.
The film starts with Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) trying to have sex. Kelly starts feeling nauseous and burps a lot before finally throwing up on Mac’s face. She then announces that she might be pregnant. The Radners are trying to sell their home with the arrival of another baby. A couple, the Baiers’ (Sam Richardson and Abbi Jacobson) are looking to buy, but the realtor (Liz Cackowski) tells Mac and Kelly that their house is in escrow for 30 days, so the Baiers’ will check in every now and then to make sure everything is going okay. Little Stella (Elise and Zoey Vargas) then enters with one of Kelly’s dildos. At work, Mac has lunch with Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz). Like the Radners, Jimmy and his once-again wife Paula (Carla Gallo) are expecting a baby. Mac is a little nervous about having another kid, but he thinks he’ll do a fine job as he and Kelly have done well with Stella.
Somewhere on campus, a group of freshmen girls are gathered at a meeting for the sorority Phi Lamda. One girl, Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), sparks up a joint as the president (Selena Gomez) is speaking. She tells Shelby to put out the joint and says that sororities can’t throw parties, so they just attend frat parties. That night, Shelby meets two other freshmen, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein). They attend a frat party, but they’re all disgusted by the sexist and perverse nature of the party. They go back to their dorm to pass a joint, which is Nora’s first time doing drugs. She immediately falls in love with them. The RA enters and scolds the girls for smoking weed. Shelby then stands up and says it’s unfair that they have to subject to a misogynistic system and to be told what to do by men. They decide to create their own sorority, Kappa Nu.
We catch up with Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) at a dinner with his old frat brothers Pete (Dave Franco), Scoonie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and Garf (Jerrod Carmichael). Since graduating, Scoonie has launched his own app, and Garf became a cop. Teddy hasn’t been able to get a good job since his antics as a frat boy led to him getting a criminal record (which he blames on the Radners). Pete’s boyfriend Darren (John Early) then proposes to him, and Pete accepts. After the excitement, Pete asks Teddy to move out now that he’s engaged. Teddy agrees, hiding his heartbreak.
The girls meet with another realtor (Billy Eichner) to buy the house next to the Radners. However, it’s way too much for them to afford. Teddy then appears from the darkened living room with a plan for the girls. He tells them to take their money and put it on the down payment, and he will help them earn the money needed to pay for the house, which he says would equal about five buckets of money for a month’s rent. The girls agree. Soon, the girls move in and throw their first party. Mac and Kelly walk over to meet their new neighbors, horrified to learn they are a sorority. The two ask Shelby to try and keep it down for the next month until they can move and be out of their hair, but Teddy appears and tells the Radners he’s in cahoots with the sorority, meaning they’ll have more trouble keeping the buyers from pulling out.
This is as funny as can be, at some points. Definitely not for kids. The airbag antics alone are worth the ticket, but there is a serious storyline underneath it all, and make the movie good on a deeper level. There isn’t much original here, but it was a laugh out loud riot of fun. -MR