Thursday, May 19, 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Release Date: May 20, 2016
1 hour 32 minutes
Rated: R


Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O'Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Seth Rogen as Mac Radner
Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders
Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner
Chloë Grace Moretz as Shelby
Ike Barinholtz as Jimmy
Kiersey Clemons as Beth
Dave Franco as Pete
Jerrod Carmichael as Garf
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie
Beanie Feldstein as Nora
Clara Mamet as Maranda
Awkwafina as Christine
Selena Gomez as Phi Lamda President
Hannibal Buress as Officer Watkins
Elise Vargas as Stella

Review by Dante Hicks

Plot Summary
  After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.

  I can't begin to express how this wasn't a funny movie to me. This film felt like Seth Rogen and Nick Stoller were just trying to make a movie with their friends and honestly didn't care if anyone saw it.

  The plot is similar to the first film, a sorority moves in next door and like the fraternity in the previous film has a feud going with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne's characters, Mac and Kelly Radner. The Radners having just purchased a new home, are trying to sell their old house. In doing so they are forced to put the house in escrow for 30 days. Where the perspective new buyers can pull out of the deal if during that thirty days they deem the house is not for them.  At that point Kappa Nu, a new sorority that feels the national rules for sororities and fraternities are sexist, decides they will be the first sorority to act like a fraternity.  So unlike other sororities that can't throw house parties like their male counterparts, these young women are going to be the first sorority that throws house parties like something out of "National Lampoon's Animal House". 

  The film honestly tries too hard for laughs. It's a lame try to cash in on the popularity of the first film. I know this feels like a cop out but the entire film I was just checking my watch hoping to leave. I walked in to this not having seen the first film and within 10 minutes realized I honestly didn't need to. From the begining to the end, there were momments where the film is amusing, like how watching a monkey at the zoo flinging their own poop is amusing. It felt like the title should have been: "Neighbors 2 : Give Us your Money". Because even with 5 writers it felt contrived and just lame. 

  I used to love Seth Rogen's films. I loved "Knocked Up", "50/50", "The 40 year old Virgin", and "Zac and Miri Make A Porno", but this is something that should have gone straight to home video or cable. It honestly was something someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol might appreciate but as for me this honestly felt like a waste of time. If you like watching dumb comedies this is soooooo up your alley, but if you are looking for comedic genius, go watch a George Carlin comedy special and skip this.  

Stars: 0 stars out of 5 stars

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