Two years later, audiences will get to catch-up on married couple Kelly and Mac Radner (played by Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen) along with infant daughter Stella (Elise & Zoey Vargas) now a toddler. After clearing-out an extremely disruptive fraternity house next door in “Neighbors”, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” presents the couple with the same problem, only with all female protagonists who are a college Sorority.
Neighbors 2 opens with the couple now living quietly with an empty house next door (once inhabited by Delta Psi Beta). The Radners are in the process of closing the final sell on their home as the buyers enter a 30-day escrow. That means, the buyers may pull-out of finalizing the sell if they should find something wrong with the house (you can probably already see where this is going).
Neighbors 2′ updates us with characters Teddy who is finding it difficult to move beyond working at Abrecombie & Fitch due to his criminal record gained from harassing the Radners, Scoonie, now a successful inventor, and Pete who has some unexpected news of his own.
The alignment of various unfortunate events that include a sorority rule that prohibits them from partying, three disgruntled pledges who set out to start their own sorority calling it “Kappa Nu” bypassing the anti-sorority party law, and their encounter with Delta Psi’s Teddy (Zac Efron) combined with the available house for sell next to the Radners all lead to the upheaval that threatens the successful completion of their escrow.
Feeling down on his luck with a new whirlwind of events in his life, Teddy is compelled to start-up war again with the Radners and lends himself to Kappa Nu as a mentor, until their ungrateful behavior moves him to join the Radners in the war.
The Radners fight a new battle with their neighbors, this time with females led by Shelby (portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz). Shelby, along with her three woman crew, are dead-set at being part of a Sorority who can throw parties the way that they want and dress how they want without having to assemble into the sexist way that the Fraternities throw parties.
First timer to ‘Neighbors Selena Gomez plays the head sister of Sorority Phi-Lamda whose part is very brief as she explains the house rules to the entering pledges, then pops-up again in the final act of the film.
Some of the same old gags are brought into Neighbors 2 like their use of air bags. However, this time they are used for good instead of for evil.
Guest star cameos include Selena Gomez who plays the head of sorority Phi-Lamda that turns Shelby on to starting Kappa Nu, Kelsey Grammar who portrays Shelby’s father, and Billy Eichner (Difficult People, Billy on the Street) who is the snarky and shady realtor that sells Shelby the house. Some returning stars reprising their roles from the first “Neighbors” include Christopher Mintz-Plasse as former Frat boy Scoonie, Ike Barinholtz as Mac’s co-worker “Jimmy” and his wife “Paula “(Carla Gallo), Dave Franco as Teddy’s Frat brother “Pete”, Lisa Kudrow as Dean Carol Gladstone.
It was so surprising that we didn’t see more from Lisa Kudrow’s character Dean Carol Gladstone, where it seemed that it should have been easier to nab the Sorority with violations more so than the Fraternity from “Neighbors”.
Director Nicholas Stoller is also back at directing this follow-up film, along with writers Andrew J. Cohen, and Brendan O’Brien. With three more writers added to the creation of this sequel, perhaps it was over-kill. The originality and over-the-top humor was lacking in part 2.
There were some very funny moments in Neighbors 2’. However, what was missing was the creative and slew of unexpected pranks that the characters were constantly one-uping each other with in the first one.
The meat of the story in Neighbors 2′ is focused on a battle of not only the neighbors, but also, a battle of the sexes. By the last act, everyone comes to the conclusion of what the bigger picture is and the importance of doing the right thing no matter what the Radner’s undesirable consequences may be.
“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” opens on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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Updated May 20, 2016
There has been much talk lately about sexism in Hollywood. Actress Chloe Sevigny has recently been talking about the inappropriate situations she’s been caught-in when she was starting out in Hollywood by several directors. Jennifer Lopez openly gave an example of a situation she was put in when she was also starting-out here. Lopez chalked it up to “men being men.”
Believe it or not, sexism in Hollywood is prevalent at all levels, including the background extras used in movies and television shows. It was reported by a female extra who worked on the set of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” that during the filming of a night-time Sorority scene, the females were required to wear skimpy outfits outside where it was very cold. The young woman, who was part of Selena Gomez’s friends in the scene, said they were not allowed to wear their coats in-between takes, had no access to heaters and huddled together for warmth between takes. She also stated that she overheard crew members making comments about the females bodies.