‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’: Comedy sequel that works

Some years have past since the Radner family first battled with exploding couch air bags with the fraternity that moved in next door. Now Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) with baby number two coming have decided to sell the house and move out to the quite suburbs.

While this is going on we see three eager freshmen ladies lead by Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz) challenge the status quo of the typical sorority life. Not having the sexist filled lifestyle that comes with joining a sorority the ladies decide to create their own. With new rules in place that are meant to empower the newly found sorority they look for a home to house all these party hunger weed smoking college students. Moving in next door to the Radner’s, their over the top partying could hurt the selling of their home.

On a thirty-day furlough to sell the house they seek help from an old enemy now turned friend Teddy (Zac Efron) to get the sorority out of the house. Old and new antics explode between everyone as the sorority will stop at nothing to have their right to party while the tag team group of the Radner family and Teddy give it their all to stop this new college party force.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising continues the laughs we saw in the first film while adding a very funny spin on gender roles. Throughout the film serious dark tones are masterfully handled in a way to deliver sharp hard laughs.

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Director: Nicholas Stoller
Rating: R
Release Date: May 20, 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising provides a satisfying comedy sequel a rare occurrence that many film franchises get wrong. Teasing fans with a potential third film with a zombie twistNeighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a knockout.

Rogen of course is the comedy lead whose sharp voguer jokes and “dad bod” is the perfect contrast to Efron’s attractive wholesome appel to younger audiences. The two work well off of each other bringing in new laughs from it’s predecessor.

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Ike Barinholtz, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Zac Efron in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

Efron in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is an unmotivated fraternity member who peaked in college. With all of his fraternity brothers living their well established lives Efron is in a rut. Efron’s rise from rut brings plenty of laughs in his revolutionary journey to find something he’s good at. The crazy antics we see him and Rogen devise against the sorority holds nothing back.

Virtually doing the same gags from the first film, but now against a sorority, the new elements added to the back and fourth attacks make for an over the top hilarious brawl.

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Beanie Feldstein, and Kiersey Clemons in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

The new element to Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is of course the very funny female additions to the cast. Often used a punchline, the feminist ideas in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising challenge social norms in the college Greek life community. With Moretz taking the lead in this rebellious cast of lady misfits they provide Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising the lift this comedy needed to become a comedy classic.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising was a surprisingly satisfying comedy sequel that outdid its self from it’s processor. It’s over the top antics at times provide grossly laughs as the sorority members stole the show. Packed with explicit one liners and bold hilarious scenes Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will be hard to top.

Jesus J. Montero