Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62% (Critics) / 55% (Audience)
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Written By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller and Andrew J. Cohen
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz and Zac Efron
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down. – (Source)
Zac Efron, Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne continue their easy chemistry from the first film with Efron especially stepping up as his Teddy Sanders spent the majority of the movie looking to find his place in the world of grown ups. Efron is a legit funny guy and it still kinda shocks me to see how willing he is to make fun of himself.
I also liked the switch to a sorority as the adversaries to the Radners this go round. All of the poking fun at the more cringey aspects of Greek life tend to work better when coming from the viewpoint of young women than when it is being done by fratboy dudebros.
Like the first NEIGHBORS, this movie does have the problem of seeming like a series of funny moments instead of a cohesive funny full-length movie. To its credit though, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING is much more successful at stringing together the funny moments than the first film was.
So it really took five people to write a movie full of weed and dildo jokes?
Final Verdict: NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING pulls off the very difficult task of being a comedy sequel that is better (and funnier!) than the original. All of the returning cast are great and the new girls end up being surprisingly hilarious while also allowing the movie to skewer the Greek college system in an effective way.