Movie Review of Neighbors II: Sorority Rising


In the seventh game of this year’s NBA Western Conference Finals, Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors (who lost at the time), takes his best player Stephen Curry aside and says: “You’re exaggerating.”I feel like at some point during the filming of Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising, someone should have had a sidebar with director Nicholas Stoller and he should have conveyed the same message. Since the vast majority of the actors in the original film had new faces, there were too many hesitations and omissions in this film for me to recommend it for viewing in theaters.

The Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) have lived in their neighborhood long enough to survive a powered fraternity and raise their 2 1/2-year-old daughter. New problems (well, new ones) arise for them when a sorority moves in the neighborhood, while the Radners are trying to sell their house. They have thirty days to either silence the sorority or kick them out of the house altogether.

The situations in which these rivals find themselves are not only ridiculous, but also completely silly. I kept asking myself: “Why aren’t these people calling the police?”I can think of at least eight crimes committed only by Shelby’s older sister (Chloe Grace Moretz). However, to move the plot forward, the sorority’s actions turned into a hodgepodge of one little funny trick after another. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor of exposing my disbelief with a movie. However, if excess just becomes sillyity, I’m on top. Maybe my mindset would have changed if the movie had been funnier. Or even something original. Instead of dealing with a group of frat boys who like to party and provoke scenes, instead now you’re dealing with sorority girls who like to party, and, well, you see where that leads. Where is the creativity? I would be more interested if there was something like a carnival in the neighborhood. Or maybe a day-stay place in hell. Everything except what you’ve already done.

After all, the film suffers from terrible motives. Although I didn’t necessarily like the motif of Shere Khan’s desire to torment him in the Jungle Book, it wasn’t enough to finish a high-quality film. In “Neighbors 2,” on the other hand, everything goes far beyond where they need to be. In a fairly early scene in the film, the Radners go to the sisters’ house to politely ask the sisters to leave it for 30 days, as they are selling their house. Shelby refuses because it’s a sorority, and that’s what sororities do: party. But thirty days, right? Even eighteen-year-olds are more intelligent than that.

There are high-quality funny moments on the rise that cause a lot of laughter. Unfortunately, they are too few and far apart. I contrition to mention this film at exhibition 46.

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