I enjoyed the first "Neighbors" film, and I am a fan of Chloë Grace Moretz, however with the slew of comedy sequels that have came out this year, I was afraid that that the film would make the same mistake: repeating the same gags without adding anything new. Fortunately, I did not feel that way about the film.
I thought that this film was just as funny, if not a bit funnier than the first film. The laughs were more consistent throughout, in my opinion. Gags were repeated from the previous film, such as the air bag scene, however with a significant twist, making them feel fresh.
There are some things about the film's writing that did not improve with this film and instead declined in quality. Mainly, I didn't think that this movie was quite as deep as the previous one. The first film was a coming-of-age tale of both Efron's character and the characters of Rogen and Byrne, however this one felt like a coming-of-age tale for only Efron. Rogen and Byrne did not have as much development as the previous film, and Moretz's character and the characters of Kappa Nu developed, but not in a coming-of-age way. In this way, I think that some of the charm of the film got lost. The film also incorporated "token characters" for what seemed to be the sake of diversity, not for quality.
The acting of the film is good too. Rogen and Byrne are still both funny in their role, and many of the other funny characters, such as Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Hannibal Buress reprise their roles in cameos. Moretz is a welcome addition. She is funny in her role, similar to her role as Hit-Girl. Other new characters are also funny, however some are visibly archetypes.
So overall, "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" was almost as good as its predecessor. It is probably going to end up being one of the best sequels of the year.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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