Review in Brief: Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

It may open with Rose Byrne vomiting into Seth Rogen’s face during sex, but as comedy sequels go, BAD NEIGHBOURS 2 isn’t all that bad. I liked the first film well enough, but I actually think this sequel makes some significant improvements. In a flip on the last film it is Mac and Kelly who have to behave themselves for an arbitrary time limit in order to sell their house, and their new adversaries are a sorority led by Chlöe Grace Moretz whose actions in the plot and our sympathy for them as characters are based on a very real, and very stupid limitation written into American college rules (as Selina Gomez says, Google it). Zac Efron is still the unquestionable MVP – just look at the perfectly timed moment when Teddy has a disgusted epiphany about how sexist every one of the parties his frat house threw. There are plenty of darker and curveball gags in and amongst the expected gross-out humour as well, like when one of the sorority girls says of their first frat party “It was super rapey in there”. I laughed, I still care about these characters. Sometimes, that’s enough. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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