Bad neighbours 2: soroity rising is the follow up to the surprisingly successful Bad neighbours which starred Rose Byrne,Seth Rogen and Zac Efron with smaller roles being filled with minor comedy actors like Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Dave Franco.It was about a pregnant couple (Rogen and Bryne) trying to take down the neighbouring frat house, it was a enjoyable film and was funny but it lacked any sort of substance or depth.The sequel soroity rising stars basically all the original cast but adds in new female cast members however the only really recognisable one, is Chloë Grace Moretz. The film, as expected is basically a carbon copy of the first film but with a soroity instead of a frat house and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The film is funny and in most ways is much superior to its predecessor however as the first one wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of comedy gold this one doesn’t reach the heights of say anchorman 2 or more recently Kingsman. The film doesn’t reinvent the wheel it uses jokes from the first film in new scenarios (the airbag joke makes an entertaining comeback) and Rogen’s trademark weed jokes often occur but it’s the cast members and their obscure situations that make it a fun watch.The film isn’t imaginative but yet it still feels refreshing and fun to watch, i didn’t think at any point “oh I’ve seen this a thousand times before” because the jokes and script were entertaining enough to keep me interested even with a simple plot.The film does however try to address the lack of women in powerful roles as the first one struggled to do (being accused of being very sexist multiple times). My issue was that the use of powerful feminists felt like a direct response to sexism claims, less a film that the director wanted to make but had to save his reputation.Because of this the whole feminist thing feels very haphazardly done and isn’t done too well.This film didn’t really need to be made but now it has the director can safely say “I’m not sexist, honest!”.
The cast members are actually the best part of this Zac Efron is especially funny (I feel like this new comedy side to Zac Efron is a great suit for him and will probably do his career really good).Chloë Moretz is really funny and so are her “partner’s” and the reason is haven’t mentioned the marketing focused Selena Gomez is because she’s in it for around 2-3 minutes. So if you’re being sold on this film for the sole premise of a Selena Gomez filled film (like some of my friends were) then you’ll be disappointed.
While the cast are great the directing and editing is sub par, and cinematography isn’t exactly anything spectacular (although were you expecting it be).The soundtrack is actually surprisingly good and fits well with most of the scenes.Use of Kanye West’s “Black skinhead” worked particularly well in one scene.For a comedy film like this I didn’t go in expecting anything marvellous technical wise and I came out thinking there wasn’t anything marvellous fulfilling my expectations .
All in all bad neighbours 2 is a good time it’s an enjoyable film but it’s scattered with poor/underwhelming stories.Would I watch it again, maybe.If you’re interested in a funny comedy or just a nice time waster then you’ll probably love it but if you’re going in expecting the best comedy ever you’ll be disappointed I can’t see this making anyone list of their favourite comedy films.
By Dawson Roberts
Release date 6th may 2016
Directed By- Nicholas Stoller