Posted May 11 2016

Bad Neighbours 2 Sorority Rising - This Movie Sort Of Stupidly Rocks

Dir: Nicholas Stoller

Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Selena Gomez

So, then Seth Rogen went off and made a feminist movie. Not that the man has ever displayed anything against women. But Bad Neighbours 2 is very much an equal opportunities movie, even if it is one that pays lip service to its politics. It is after all just a simple all out comedy. And a remarkably messy one. Not that it’s not funny, in places.

Rogen and Byrne may have got rid of the frat from hell next door. But now about to sprog once more and sell up, they find themselves face to face with the deadlier than the male sorority that moves in over the fence. Thing is – sororities (being female) aren’t allowed to party, except at frats, to which Chloe Moretz and her like-minded ladies say “Fuck NO!” Cue many jokes recycled from the first movie.

There’s an awful lot wrong with BN2 (as we’re all calling it) not least it’s apparent total lack of structure. Where the first movie followed a fairly obvious path, this just seems to lurch from moment to moment, changing style and emphasis almost randomly, as if William Burroughs came in at the last moment for a final edit. Plus, it has a habit of repeating its past “glories” – thematically sound in the case of Efron’s character, but not rewarding.

But it does have some things in its favour – namely the quality and playing of its cast. Rogen is as warm and lovable as ever – though lose the weed shtick mate, we know you love it, but your private life is starting to rule your work life – and it’s just getting old. Enough is enough. Rose Byrne remains the genius secret weapon that every film should be issued with. Chloe Moretz once again proves herself the hit girl to be reckoned with, already so incredibly accomplished – and adept at comedy – at so young an age. But the movie really belongs to Efron, fully back on form. After the tragedy and shame that was Dirty Grandpa, this reminds us of why we fell in love with him in the first place.

So some bad, on the whole, more good. It’s not big. It’s not clever. But, at times, it is quite funny.



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