Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a standard, bland comedy with poorly written characters and plenty of jokes that fall flat. It is a film I don’t plan on watching again any time soon.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne reprise their roles of Mac and Kelly, who are now trying to sell their house from the first Neighbors. Unfortunately for them, a sorority run by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) moves into the old frat house from the first film and threatens to ruin the sale of their home. Mac and Kelly must now team up with the frat boy Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) from the first Neighbors to remove the sorority and successfully sell the house. A poor premise for a poor film.
Mac and Kelly are despicable parents throughout Neighbors 2, with their four year old daughter Stella behaving poorly and playing with things a child should not play with. Some of the bad parenting can be funny, but at times it just comes off as tasteless and annoying. I would much rather watch Nick Cage and Holly Hunter be bad parents in Raising Arizona than watch Neighbors 2.
By the end of the film Mac and Kelly go from horrible parents to slightly less horrible parents, so the characters learn and develop little to nothing. In fact the last few scenes of Neighbors 2 makes me question if they learned anything at all.
Neighbors 2 contains a very strong anti-sexism message all throughout the plot. It is discussed on multiple occasions how women are not allowed to throw parties in their sororities, yet men in frat houses can. As well as many other double standards in current Western society. I feel this message of sexism doesn’t work at all in the way that the filmmakers had hoped, as I don`t believe this message was the true intentions of the film. In part from a couple of scenes in the film (like the image I`ve attached above) where the filmmakers use female sexual appeal to attract the male demographic. As if they were saying that using women for sex appeal is horribly wrong, unless you’re going to make a shit ton of cash, then it’s okay.
The humor in the movie is hit or miss, with more misses than hits. The filmmakers tried to write too trendy of a film, with all the classic jokes about Instagram, text messaging, and Bill Cosby. It panders to the lowest common denominator of joke material, leading me to assume that Neighbors 2 will be far past outdated in just a few years.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is not a movie I enjoyed, as I feel the jokes were mostly miss, the story rehashed, and the morals oddly confused with themselves. Plenty of people will see this movie and enjoy it, which is fine. Yet they will be enjoying the movie for a far different reason than any of the filmmakers had intended.