Released in 2014, Neighbors was a quirky comedy that really upped the bro-tastic relationship between Seth Rogan and Zac Efron. Efron represented the college live and Rogan was the overgrown adolescent dealing with adulthood. The pairing really brought out both actors strengths and they formed an unlikely comedy duo. Naturally, where a hit movie sparks at the box office, a sequel is born.
In Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Mac (Seth Rogan) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are enjoying the quiet life since the fraternity next door closed up shop. They are watching their daughter grow up and she even gets into some of their more intimate playthings. The couple then discovers that another baby bump is on the way and decide that they need more space to spread their wings. Now, they have to sell the house they fought for previously.
Thankfully, living in a quiet neighborhood helps them sell the house and it quickly goes into escrow. They just have to wait 30 days and the sale will go through. Easy right? Not if Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) has anything to say about it. She’s having a hard time fitting in at college and decides that the way to fit in, is form her own sorority. She just needs a house and money… enter Teddy (Zac Efron). He’s down on his luck and is the oldest employee at Abercrombie and needs a place to live now that his BFF Pete (Dave Franco) is getting married.
Teddy gives the girls ideas on how to monetize their sorority idea and get the house… The same house Teddy once lived in. This of course does not sit well with Seth and Kelly. The girls and Teddy start back up with their old antics. Soon however, Teddy is the odd man out and he realizes he created a houseful of little monsters. He then decides to help Seth and company sell their house and in turn Seth will help Teddy get his life on track.
The fun of the first film is stretched to the limits in this second go around but there’s still fun to be had. Like in the first Neighbors, Seth Rogan and Zac Efron have great chemistry and still are really fun to watch. Rose Byrne is equally great as Kelly, who somehow unwittingly married Seth Rogan. She has such great comic timing and adds so much to the film. The new additions to the saga including Chloe Grace Moretz are where the film falls a little flat. Sadly, the girls of their sorority don’t really develop any individual personalities beyond what’s on the page. It’s really hard for me to think of Chloe Grace Moretz NOT fitting in anywhere and being an outsider, so that part of the film didn’t really ring true.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising arrives on Blu-ray in a fine transfer thanks to Universal Home Video. The picture itself is crisp and clear with zero transfer fallout. The colors are bright and sparkle. The darker scenes are rich and contrast nicely with the daytime sequences. The film itself has been shot with a gold-tone yellow coloring which is evident with the high definition transfer, this aids in the warm and cosy feeling of the neighborhood and it being interrupted and in shambles once the sorority moves in.
Special features included on this release are:
Girls Rule – a very short (clocking in at just over six minutes) featurette on the girls of the film.
The Prodigal Bros Return – a short EPK-esque interview segment with the guys in the movie.
Line-O-Rama – This is just a look at some of the improv moments in the movie.
Deleted Scenes – Almost 25 minutes of deleted scenes are included, mainly additional jokes.
Gag Reel – A very short gag reel. I am a sucker for a fun gag reel.
The Ultimate Tailgate – This is a look at the big running scene in the movie.
Nu Neighbors – This is another featurette with interviews featuring the cast and crew.
Audio Commentary – Director and writer Nicholas Stoller and producer James Weaver provide the commentary track. It’s not bad and they both talk about the difficulties of making a comedy sequel.
Overall, In comparison to a lot of the comedies released this year, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is good for some laughs, just maybe not as many as the first picture. The cast is fun and seems to be pretty much game for anything. As gross-out comedies go, Neighbors 2 may not be regarded as a classic but you could do much worse. It’s worth checking out.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is out now on Blu-ray!