Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising - Quickie Review

What's good

- Zac Efron's performance
- Thematically a bit deeper with a satisfying "twist" ending

At least Zac Efron seems to enjoy his role in the movie.

What's bad

- Very few worthwhile gags
- Too many recycled jokes
- Quite a few jarring plot holes
- Almost entirely uncharismatic Kappa Nu college girls

Sadly, it's far not as fun as the trailers make it out to be.


- So, why the hell are those Kappa Nu girls so mean to Seth Rogen and his wife?

God damn it! What the hell is your problem?!

The Verdict

While the first Neighbors movie wasn't a perfect comedy, it had a great concept and boasted many laughs throughout its runtime that mostly did a good job of coverin up its shortcomings. With Neighbors 2 however, most of the movie feels more like a tired retread of the first movie with little new to offer.
Sure enough, Neighbors 2 changes things up with a new female college sorority that make things annoying for Seth Rogen and his wife, yet despite an overall more thematically focussed story than the first movie, Neighbors 2 never manages to make both sides of the conflict equally charismatic.
Thus, in connection with some of the movie's jarring plot holes, there never is a good reason given why the Kappa Nu sorority of Chloe Grace Moretz and co. are so mean to Rogen's family to being with. This makes it really hard to feel any sympathy for the Kappa Nu girls, where the viewer will most likely directly root for Rogen and Efron for the entire movie. Yet aside for the great performance from Zac Efron, the entire movie feels very uninspired and mostly like a rather boring rehash of the first movie, with even many jokes and comedic scenes somewhat recycling the one's from the first movie.

Overall, there were quite a big number of possibilities and potential for Neighbors 2 to improve upon the original and to experiment with the new female sorority introduced in the movie, yet with too many recycled jokes and flatout uncharismatic female leads there is too much here that makes Neighbors 2 feel just flatout unnecessary. Neighbors 2 might deliver a nice enough experience for a boring rainy day, but is not really worth seeing in the theater whatsoever.

Final Verdict: 3 out of 10

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