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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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10.06.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Nicholas Stoller

Actors:
Seth Rogen
Zac Efron
Rose Byrne
Chloë Grace Moretz
Dave Franco
Ike Barinholtz

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly’s (Rose Byrne) plan to sell their home is endangered when a wild sorority moves next door, launching them into a war with their new neighbors. This time, they have a secret weapon up their sleeves with their former frat boy enemy, Teddy (Zac Efron).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was very surprised by the relative box-office failure of NEIGHBORS 2 this summer. Given the almost unanimously good reviews as well as the timely boys vs girls spin on the original’s gender politics, all signs pointed towards it being as big of a hit as the first. Maybe it was that audiences have been too burned by other recent comedy sequels, but the movie only grossed about half as much as its predecessor. But, if you skipped it theatrically because you didn’t think it would be good, you’ve got a surprise coming.

To me, NEIGHBORS 2 is almost as good as the first, with a few caveats. One is that Rose Byrne, who stole the show in the first, doesn’t get quite as much to do here as she did last time, although she still gets some of the best lines, like when she tries to bribe Lisa Kudrow’s college dean with pocket change, saying “hope I can CHANGE your mind.” And for all the hype about Chloe Grace Moretz’s sorority sisters, their antics are nowhere near as wild as the ones Zac Efron and company were allowed to experiment with in the original, and the fact that the film has all-male writers may have something to do with that – a raunchy female writer could have easily punched-up a few bits.

Nonetheless, NEIGHBORS 2 is still outrageously funny, with the secret weapon – once again – being Efron. As much as I’ve thought his over-earnest acting in movies like WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS didn’t bode well for a career as a leading man, he’s shown a real knack for comedy. Seth Rogen and director Nicholas Stoller must have noticed this as they let him totally dominate the move, with the premise basically revolving around him trying to find his place in the world. Efron has fun playing up the character’s stupidity, with one really funny scene having him ask Rogen why boiling water makes pasta soft but eggs hard. Poor guy – and yes ladies, he gets his shirt off quite a bit.

THE EXTRAS

Deleted Scenes: Close to a half-hour worth of deleted scenes, with some interesting bits, including a scene where Chloe Grace Moretz seduces Efron, a funny bit where he quits his Abercrombie & Fitch job, as well as a cameo for Jenny Slate.

Gag Reel: Your typical gag reel, funny stuff - i.e: everyone had fun, yada yada.

Line-o-Rama: A typical extra for a Judd Apatow production, highlighting the improvised delivery and extended riffs.

Nu-Neighbors: The Making of the Sequel: An eight minute standard EPK.

The Prodigal Bros Return: Zeroes-in on Efron and Dave Franco's characters and how they evolved from the last film.

Girls Rule: Similar to the last extra, but highlights the sorority gals.

The Ultimate Tailgate: Highlights the big climax of the film - another EPK style featurette - usually these extras on Apatow gang movies are way more fun.

Commentary: Nicholas Stoller and producer James Weaver - disappointing that Rogen and Efron aren't involved.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’m still pretty shocked NEIGHBORS 2 wasn’t a smash, but if you liked the first one you’re all but guaranteed to laugh your ass off here too. Yes, most comedy sequels suck – but this one really doesn’t.
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