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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In Which I Ask, Did We Really Need Another NEIGHBORS Movie?

So, remember when I was all hyped about the first Neighbors film with Seth Rogen and Suddenly Sexy Zac Efron, about the two as rivaling residents? Let's just say that excitement quickly wore off after I actually watched the movie. It was...just ok. I would have preferred to re-watch The Burbs again.

Did it need a sequel? Of course not. But here we are again, stuck in the middle of Hollywood's pretend creative bankruptcy and hell. NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING pits the dueling pair, along with Rose Byrne reprising her role as Rogen's wife, against a whole new menace to the neighborhood. More in the synopsis below:

Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014's most popular original comedy. Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they'd reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.

Tired of their school's sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won't let the fact that it's located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas' home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.

I guess now we'll get to use who's worst to live by: men or women (or whatever this sorta franchise is trying to do). Universal Pictures have released a few new stills from the film to give us a taste of what to expect:



Brittani Burnham said...

To answer your question, no. We do not need another Neighbors film. I liked the first one but I have no interest in seeing an essential remake with Chloe Grace Moretz of all people.

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