Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Mac and Kelly Radner are movin' on up. They're pregnant with kiddo number two and have found a place with plenty of room to grow. It's a nice new house with a big yard for sandboxes and swing sets and whatnot.
All they have to do is wait 30 days for their old house to make it through escrow.
That, however, may not be as easy as they thought. Hopefully you don't remember that big old house next door, the one that used to hold a bunch of rowdy frat boys. So I'll just tell you that it now holds a bunch of rowdy sorority girls. And if Mac and Kelly can't get them to quiet down, why the interested buyers could happen by and call the whole deal off.
Now, you might think sorority gals would be easier to reason with than man-child fraternity guys ... but you would be wrong. These Kappa Nu girls are all about getting drunk, stoned and every other synonym for wasted. That's why they started their independent sorority: Call them the sisterhood of the traveling joint, if you will, who are not about to listen to some ancient geezers like Mac and Kelly, who've by now surely crested 30.
But what these girls don't know is that the prehistoric Radners have dealt with unruly students before. And if they can't figure it out alone? Well, they've still got connections with a certain ex-frat-boy alpha-dog named Teddy. If he doesn't know how these girls think, nobody does.
Teddy'll pull out his big bag of tricks, strip off his shirt, flex his glutes … and Team Radner will win the day and get their house sold. Oh, and he'll have some weed in that ol' bag, too. You know, just to help his elderly friends mellow out a bit.
For all of their obvious flaws, bad choices and regular lack of common sense, Mac and Kelly truly love their daughter. They want to be good parents and forge a strong relationship with her. And they're looking forward to the new addition to their family, too. Hey, even the sorority girls talk about valuing their friendship and unity.
Obscene jokes abound about various sex acts and even the (eventual) sexual choices of the Radners' now 3-year-old daughter. Also, the young girl is regularly seen holding, dressing up in doll clothes or sucking on her mother's pink plastic dildo. Later, an explicitly detailed rubber dildo is held up. A fraternity party boasts a neon sign pointing girls upstairs to have sex. One of Teddy's friends talks about creating an app that increases the dimensions of sexual selfies.
Mac and Kelly are seen having sex on two occasions, and we see movements and hear sexual exclamations.
Scores of girls run around in bikinis and are sprayed by a garden hose. The camera ogles a busty girl in a wet T-shirt contest. The Kappa Nu girls dress in skimpy outfits and twerk to advertise a party that promises sexual encounters for a $20 entrance fee. Teddy dances onstage, emulating a male stripper in more ways than just gyrating. (His eventually exposed genitalia is seen from the rear.)
Two men embrace and kiss after becoming engaged. Their subsequent wedding is happily sighed over.
A drunk girl pops up in Mac's car and then smashes through his windshield when he slams on his brakes in surprise. She tumbles over the hood and onto the street. Police hit a guy with a stun gun. Teddy falls from a second floor landing and crashes down on a table. He also uses a car airbag for propulsion, slamming into a garage ceiling. Mac tries the same stunt and crashes through the garage door.
Crude or Profane Language
At least 70 f-words, with one of them getting spit out by the Radners' 3-year-old. There are 20 or more s-words. Also: "a--" and "b--ch." God's and Jesus' name are abused a dozen times. God's is combined with "d--n" three or four times.
Drug and Alcohol Content
At a frat party and a sequence of sorority bashes, teens and twentysomethings routinely get high and drunk. Even in non-partying moments the girls make a habit out of passing around beer or a joint. Teddy and his friends drink beer and champagne, too.
The sorority sells weed at a college tailgate party in hopes of raising rent money. They post videos of themselves partying and puffing in order to draw new members to their house. During a home inspection, Mac throws his bongs and other drug paraphernalia out a window. Someone "roofies" a bowl of punch, causing several people to start staggering and falling over. We see lots of drunken, passed out youth after a party.
Other Negative Elements
While having sex, Kelly vomits on Mac's face. Mac squats over a "poop bucket." A (mostly) unborn baby's foot is seen dangling below the pregnant mother's hemline. The Kappa Nu girls throw bloody feminine hygiene products at the Radners' widows. They break into the house, too, stealing phones and selling furniture.
So what does the university administrator do about all the open drug- and sex-focused shenanigans perpetrated by Kappa Nu? Nothing, fearing a negative public opinion of him.
Mac cracks a really horrible Holocaust-themed joke about Jews. The Radners' friends mockingly dress up as Hasidic Jews.
You wanna figure out what Hollywood's true worldview is? Don't bother looking to its gritty dramas or dig-deep documentaries. Nah. Just study its comedies.
This is, of course, a gross-out gag-fest that's foolish and offensive, believing its vulgar verbal and visual rancidness somehow equates to humor. But there's one more thing to say about it:
The Kappa Nu girls at the flick's core act like coarse idiots—fighting for the right to drink themselves stupid, twerking for cash and selling tickets to a sex party, hawking illegal drugs, and waging a neighborhood war by throwing used tampons at people's windows. But the movie can do nothing more than literally praise them as forward-thinking and brave, holding up these party-hearty gals as the new feminist ideal.
Women everywhere should wince and gasp at such a cinematic definition of feminine panache.
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Readability Age Range
Seth Rogen as Mac Radner; Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner; Zac Efron as Teddy Sanders; Chloë Grace Moretz as Shelby; Kiersey Clemons as Beth; Ike Barinholtz as Jimmy
May 20, 2016
September 20, 2016