‘Bad Neighbours 2’ or if you live in the U.S. ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ is the sequel to the 2014 film ‘Bad Neighbours’ or ‘Neighbors’ in the U.S. If you are still confused, it’s the film that stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Now this time, Chloe Grace Moretz is joining the team, forget ‘Civil War’, this is the real battle Rogen v Moretz. Whose team are you on?
The sequel sees Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) trying to sell their house, and once they sell it, they have a thirty day window where the buyers can pull out. The happy news quickly turns to deju-vu, with the house next door back in operation, this time a sorority has moved in, and what you get is sort of what you got from the first film, but with weaker results.
The sequel is not too bad, it has funny moments with some genuine laughs, however aren’t consistent, and you’ll notice the film has many lulls, dragging on, even with its short runtime. What was up with those Minion gags? It should be packing all the stops, but the jokes just borderline on being far too gross. If you see the film, you’ll know what I mean. It’s hard to discuss this film, without spoiling it, but there are a few gags that are just odd, and just seems like a filler gag to add to the film’s ninety-two minute runtime, an example is a gag with a phone which I thought would lead to a serious confrontation between two characters, instead just seem like a waste, and when you think about it, doesn’t seem like a solid plan, despite both of being in the same house at the time of the scene. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
I wanted to like ‘Bad Neighbours 2’ and was hoping it would pull the ‘Jump Street’ of sequels, being similar, but changing it enough, but with ’22 Jump Street’ being funny, the sequel had left to be desired with its jokes and grossed out humour. It tries to bring heart, and I really liked some of the bonds between certain characters, like Rogen and Efron’s characters, but the sequel was just a big disappointment, despite a talented cast on board.