Bad Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Release Date: 6.5.16

Rating: 7.5/10

Last time we encountered them, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) had just moved into a new neighborhood with their baby daughter without realizing what they were getting themselves into. This time, they are trying to move out and sell their house along with a second baby on the way, when the deserted war zone next door is suddenly occupied by a new, bigger and fiercer threat: a sorority.

Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her sisters have barely just started college, only to encounter a horrible truth: sororities, unlike fraternities, do not have a right to throw parties in their own houses. Enraged and tired of being bossed around, they found their own independent sorority where a girl can get drunk whenever she wants, and looking as unsexy as she wants – frat boys uninvited. With one notable exception: Teddy (Zac Efron), Mac and Kelly’s worst enemy from the last installment, is back as the sorority’s mentor, teaching them how to meet their rent and also how to make their neighbors’ life hell.

As the fight unfolds, participants change sides, crimes are committed, morals abandoned and then retrieved. It is fun to watch Shelby and her friends build their own community, a sorority that any girl would probably be happy to join; the movie deals with modern feminism in a pretty light-hearted way, but it’s still nice to watch characters on both sides second-guessing themselves and, occasionally, even getting it approximately right. “Bad Neighbors 2” is a comedy, often gross, most of the time juvenile, and never pretends to be more than that. However, unlike most American comedies, it manages to be funny without resorting to sexist and racist jokes; that alone is a pretty new concept. Basically, while Shelby and friends fight for their right to party, we girls as the audience finally exercise our right to laugh at dumb jokes without being the punchline or prop of every other gag.

Text: Elinor Tessin