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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Movie Review

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With the final movie review this weekend, it’s time to talk about Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising! Comedy sequels have a history, and it’s not a good history. I haven’t liked many comedy sequels, but I like Wayne’s World 2, 22 Jump Street, The Naked Gun sequels, and even Anchorman 2, so I was hoping to see Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising join that small list. I really actually liked the first film that came out in 2014, and I’m a big fan of Seth Rogen’s style of comedy. He has made some of my favorite comedies like Pineapple Express, Superbad, This Is The End, Knocked Up, and The 40 Year-Old Virgin. He may be pegged as the guy who is himself in every single movie he is in, but I think that he is hilarious. I also really think that Zac Efron is an underrated actor. He was really funny in the first movie, and the chemistry between all of the leads was fantastic, so I was excited to see that back on the big screen. I’m also a big fan of Chloë Grace Moretz. She may not always be in the greatest movies, but I still do not believe that she has phoned a role in so far in her career. Also, she is the best part of the movie that makes her career shine, Kick-Ass. I also really liked Kick-Ass 2, and she is the best part of both of those movies. The first Kick-Ass is one of my favorite movies, and she enhanced those, so I will see just about anything she is in. Anyways, let’s talk about Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is directed by Nicholas Stoller and stars Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholz and Carla Gallo. After Mac and Kelly Radner, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne respectively, were able to successfully get the fraternity next door out of the house, they are trying to sell their house. Right as they go into a thirty day period of escrow with their buyers, a brand new type of female-empowering, partying sorority led by Chloë Grace Moretz moves in right next door. Mac and Kelly have to team up with their former rival, Teddy, to get the sorority out so that they can sell their home.

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First of all, I have to say that this movie is funny. It is. I thought that the first one was funnier, and I loved the first movie, but this movie is still funny and will pull a few laughs right out. Another aspect that works so well is the chemistry between the cast. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron had amazing chemistry in the first one, and once again, they have that same chemistry in this movie. Some of the best scenes in the movie are the character moments where you see the characters come together and realize that they have things in common. When these characters come together and have personal connections, the heart of the film actually comes in and it is a great aspect of the film. I also like how this movie didn’t attempt to recreate the first film. 22 Jump Street basically recreated the same film, but it worked because it was so self aware and so well written. It does not work for most comedy sequels. This movie took a like premise and went a different directions. Sure, it acknowledges the presence of the first film, and some jokes would not work without the first film, but a lot of the jokes are brand new character moments, and that was good to see.

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I’ve got a few things I didn’t like about the movie, and one is that I do feel like a lot of jokes fell flat for me. The funniest jokes come out of the awkward moments and the character moments, but other than those, a lot of the jokes did not get me. Aside from some technical problems I had with the movie, the final thing I didn’t like about this movie is that I feel like a lot of the time the protagonists, if you will, in this movie stoop to the level of the antagonists. We’re supposed to be cheering for these adults, but a lot of the times, they go right down to the level of the people we are supposed to dislike, and it makes them less likable. They are still likable based on the first movie and based on a lot of good chemistry and moments, but they are just less likable and appear no different from the sorority girls.

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Overall, I didn’t love this movie like I was hoping to, but if you are looking to get a few laughs this weekend or have a good time in a Seth Rogen style comedy, definitely check this movie out. I did not like it as much as I liked the first movie, but it still has a few good chuckles, and at the end of the day that’s all I really want out of a good comedy. Another thing is that I guess I thought that Selena Gomez was going to have a decent sized role in this movie. She might be in the movie for a total of three minutes. It’s not necessary a positive or a negative, but it is something I observed. I’m going to give Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising a 5.5/10.

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Have you had the chance to see Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising? If you have, what did you think? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! I also reviewed both The Nice Guys and The Angry Birds Movie, so if you are looking to make your way out to the theater this weekend, be sure to check those out! I should have a review for X-Men: Apocalypse out next week, but in the meantime, I’ll be sure to have an article ranking all of the X-Men films to date, so stay tuned for that! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm