NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING Movie Review by The Commander


1 (out of 4 stars) 

If you really liked the film, Neighbors, you might actually like the sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.  Unfortunately, this is a failed attempt at creating a sequel to the original successful box office film.


Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne repeat their performances as Mac and Kelly Radner, the young couple who move next-door to a raunchy fraternity led by Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron).  The sequel now has the Radner’s in the process of selling their home for a larger house in the suburbs, but are currently in a 30-day escrow, where the sale can be canceled for any reason.  And guess what happens?  A new rebellious Sorority (did you know Sororities were not allowed to throw parties?  Hence the word rebellious), led by wild-child Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz), rents the house next-door and the fun begins.


Teddy Sanders, leader of the now gone fraternity has yet to grow up and helps the sorority in building its membership in order to afford the monthly rent.  After achieving operational status for the sorority, Teddy is thrown out from the house for being an “old person".  As retribution has it, he joins forces with the Radner’s to eradicate the sorority house that he helped create.  Basically, a War of the Roses.  Let the games begin.


This film is a stale repeat of what was a financially successful film.  There is nothing redeeming about it, and the ending will leave you wondering why you stayed around to watch it.  The only worthwhile performance was from Isaac ‘Ike’ Barinholtz, who steals every scene he’s in.  If you want to see a great frat style movie, may I suggest the classic, Animal House or Van Wilder.  Those movies deserve a grade “A” where this film deserves an ‘F’.  Don’t waste your hard earned money on this one.