Is this feminism for dummies? What a stupid plot... these cliches over and over again. When did comedy lose its potential to really make a point? It doesn't work as subversive, it doesn't work as an argument: it's just another dude movie.
Whilst he's no Tarkovsky, Rogen knows his way round a comedy. Neighbours 2 is an improvement on the 1st, thanks in part to smart methods calling out misogyny and homophobia, subverting the concept, where sorority girls can muck about just as much as frat boys, and frat boys can come out and get married to their partners. The humorous war of attrition between sorority house and neighbours-on-'escrow' works wonders.
Rather than amplify or pander with explicit inclusions of misogyny and gratification, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising has the nerve to call them out when shifting the focus of the story from fraternities to their female counterparts. It may not be consistently funny, and still carries the burden of mistaking doing a lot for accomplishing a lot, but its themes and energy set it apart from other comedies this year.
Poor CGI and editing just two of the many offensive cinematic traits of this bizarrely unnecessary sequel. Some laughs had, and its attempt to be socio-politically relevant is notably positive minded.
58/100 - Mediocre.
For what it is... great sequel. In fact it was everything this film should be: same premise, a different point of view and a sprinkle of social commentary. Neighbors 2 is well-written, entertaining and features great set-pieces.
This was a lot of fun! Not as good as the original, but the additions to the cast and the feminist undertones, in addition to a committed performance from Zac Efron, make this better than it has any business being.