Neighbors 2
 
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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Could this be the most socially aware gross out comedy in, maybe, ever?

 Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are now selling the airy house, they loved, pregnant again (how they find that out falls under the gross out part) and headed to the ‘burbs. The interracial couple who’re set to move in are cool, but are they cool enough to deal with the partying sorority that just took over the old frat house next door?

The set up, of course, sets us up for a basic repeat of the hi and I do mean high jinx of the first movie. We know the warring people next door will go all out to get the others out of their way; we also know there will be some sweet moments of maturity, however fleeting, to surprise us. But what is pretty irresistible this time around is not just Zac Efron’s vulnerable six pack, it’s the insistent, continuous just subtle enough messages of empowerment, equal rights and lessons of real life.

Chloe Grace Moretz leads the independent co-eds who ache for real sorority. And, along with return visits from Dave Franco and Ike Barinholtz, we get some fun from Kelsey Grammer and Hannibal Buress. Rogen and Byrne seem to be less of a focus now, but they manage to score a few zinger scenes. There are a lot of pot jokes and a few too many scenes of scantily clad ladies for a movie with such a decided feminist heart, but any mass appeal movie that demands we respect our neighbors, no matter who they are, is, as far as I’m concerned, most welcome.

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