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Comedy - Adult

Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

Duration1h 32m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Germany 12, 
Source of storyA sort of riff on the original Bad Neighbours
DirectorNicholas Stoller
Writers/ScriptAndrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nichols Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan
StarringSeth Rogan, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Awkwafina, Selena Gomez, Lisa Kudrow, Kelsey Grammer, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.7 by 114,887 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 64% from 204 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: It is a couple of years after the departure of the frat guys from the house next door and the Radners have sold their property and are moving on, But the house is in escrow for 30 days, and a sorority of female students move in next door and begin to create mayhem. Smoking dope and making a lot of noise. The Radners are assisted by Teddy, the one remaining frat guy in their efforts to displace the girls and so complete the sale of their house, or at least conceal the existence of the change next door from the potential buyers. (For those who don’t know being in escrow means subject to change)

Content: The Radners have sex at times in a very decorous way. The frat girls despite the strap line that they are “even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there”, are quite decorous as well, their sole activity seeming to be smoking pot. They do make a lot of noise. Teddy does a strip tease at the university tailgate party allowing Mac Radner to steal their enormous bag of weed. The girls at one point throw used tampons at the Radner’s windows (OK that was gross) and trick Mac into flying to Sydney.

A View: In my experience the bigger the committee, in this case five writers) making the decisions the fewer decisions are made. However it started off it was gradually turned into some sort of female empowerment outing, where, despite the fact that the girls are smoking grass all the time, they remain totally in control. It won the Women Film Critics Award for the “Worst Female Images in an Movie”. I became more and more weary, and eventually was looking forward to the end, which was predictable. So if you enjoyed the first film, don’t expect the same from this one.  

Additional Info: There is a gay romance which was praised by the critics.

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