Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising review
As a guy who didn’t join a fraternity, my knowledge of rules for the Greek system is not that good. So while I don’t know if the issues presented in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising are totally sound, I can understand wanting something unfair to change. A lot of these issues, along with some questionable ideals from history and religion, may be put on paper to enforce a current standing, but they never consider what time will bring. The group in question is women.
I’m not the type to go out and protest an ideal I believe in, but I can say that I’m in full support of women’s rights and that their fully capable of being in the same position men are in. I had no idea that gender gap pay was still going on. Worse is when you hear about harassment, something that I’ve never seen. A lot of that stems from my upbringing, which kept in line that women are just as equal to men. All my jobs have paid women the same as men and with the way the election is turning out, we may have a woman president in the White House. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising attempts a feminist standing that women can be as party crazy as fraternities are.
A couple of years after the original Neighbors, Mac (played by Seth Rogen) and Kelly (played by Rose Byrne) Radnar are about to have their second child and are trying to sell their house so that they can move to a more family friendly neighborhood. Things seem to be going well as they get another couple interested in buying, but the house is under escrow for thirty days. What could go wrong.
Coincidentally, college freshman Shelby (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) is trying to join a sorority, but is told from several people that smoking pot is not allowed and that sororities are not allowed to have parties (supposedly, only fraternities can). The parties that Shelby attends are disgustingly sexist and only seem to serve to objectify women. When she meets two other stressed freshmen Beth and Nora, they decide to start their own sorority to defy the current rules. They manage to rent a house, which turns out to be next door to the Radnars. Startled that they could lose the sell, the Radnars call for help from Teddy Sanders (played by Zac Efron) who is struggling to find work due to his actions from the previous movie. Will the women get what their standing for?
The original Neighbors wasn’t perfect, but it was a fun little comedy that did most things well with their setup. The second time around recycles the same premise with an attempt to be more progressive and even poke fun at how this could happen again. The problem is that they ARE doing the same thing again. We get the prank jokes, old people jokes, college people jokes that we already saw in the original. To be fair, they do update how current college students behave (I did laugh at a joke involving a text meeting), but the overall subtext doesn’t really lead anywhere.
What I mean by this is that the majority of the story feels lazy. They address plenty of issues (the girls right to party, the Radners being bad parents, Teddy’s broken record), but their resolved with too quickly or are even barley finished. It felt like that the movie was being written as it was being made. My other problem is that rather then genuinely caring about women’s rights, the movie merely says so without giving us much reason to back them. Is it really so hard for girls to party that they can’t take their antics outside the college?
I’ll give this two sorority Greek letters out of five. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising had a few funny moments (most of them coming from Zac Efron whose on a comedic high), but it can’t save itself from a lazy hangover of recycled jokes and a premise that’s merely on repeat. You can change the gender, race, and anything, but the movie has an equal chance to not be funny. I’ll stick with the original Neighbors.