Movie Review: Neighbors 2

Neighbors 2 follows the same formula as the first Neighbors, which I gave 4.5/5 stars to back in May 2014. This formula luckily works a second time, as the movie was hilarious, yet also covers new ground that the first movie did not.

Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are expecting a second child, and they decide to sell their house. The house is in "escrow," which they later find out means that there's thirty days before the house ACTUALLY sells and they get their money. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but a sorority, headed up by Shelby (Chloe Moretz) and friends, has just opened up next door, and they're actually worse than the frat that used to be there. The sorority's "den mother" of sorts is their former nemesis Teddy (Zac Efron), who at age 25 or so is trying to find his place in the world, and that doesn't help matters; however, after the sorority unceremoniously gives him the boot, he switches sides, and tries to help Mac and Kelly evict the sorority so that they can sell their house.

If you don't like R-rated comedies, you're not going to like this movie; at the beginning, there's a scene where Mac and Kelly are having sex and Kelly pukes on his face (gross ...) and then realizes she's pregnant. However, most of this film was extremely funny, in the vein of the first Neighbors, and I loved seeing Rogen, Byrne, and Efron back on the screen together again. Dave Franco is back for this installment, too, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Lisa Kudrow make brief cameos; Selena Gomez also has a cameo, as the president of Phi Lambda, the sorority that Moretz's character is thinking of rushing at the beginning, before she learns that sororities can't actually party at their own houses.

Yes, see this movie. It's probably one of the funnier comedies I have seen lately, and makes me want to rewatch the original Neighbors. The ending wraps up neatly, so I don't think a Neighbors 3 will actually happen, but I have to say I wouldn't be opposed to seeing it if it did. Moretz and her sorority cohorts make a nice addition to this sequel, too, and they are actually worse than the guys - they play dirtier and technically their sorority isn't in the Greek system, so they don't care as much about "rules."

Neighbors 2 is in theaters today, May 20th, and is rated R with a runtime of 92 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

{Click here to purchase the first Neighbors}

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