Dir: Nicholas Stoller, 2016
The bespectacled and bearded gimp is back, doing what he knows best; pushing the pro-marijuana agenda and, generally, being unfunny. But, this time, things aren’t quite so bad.
Bad Neighbours 2 is, essentially, Bad Neighbours 1 but with a sorority instead of a fraternity.
Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, respectively) have another baby on the way and are trying to sell their house.
However, a trio of girls move in next door intent on banishing the restrictions placed on sororities.
Of course, loud parties and wild nights are a turn-off for prospective buyers, so it’s all out war, again, with the husband and wife trying to have the neighbours evicted and the girls fighting back.
To be fair, there’s nowhere you can go with a plot like this. It was all done in the first one, so the filmmakers are just rehashing the first film. Basically, they’ve remade their own feature.
The truth is, Bad Neighbours didn’t need a sequel. There’s nothing in that particular film to warrant one. But it’s Hollywood and money talks, so a follow-up was churned out.
Yet, it’s not all bad. After their experience with the 2014 feature, writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien have gained some a few skills in comedy and applied that to this script. A polished and funnier movie, the success is further helped by the addition of three extra writers, director Stoller, producer Evan Goldberg and star/producer Rogen. Judging, purely, by Rogen’s history of comedy, one can only assume that the more humourous material is the work of Cohen and O’Brien.
Bad Neighbours 2 is overtly stamped with Rogen’s recognisable style of crap comedy. Like his earlier film, Superbad, we are treated to some serious gross-out moments, laced with shock value that is neither funny not shocking. The girls throwing their used tampons at the window is one such example.
The script isn’t entirely sure if it supports women’s rights and feminism or finds it a nuisance. Chloe Grace Moretz’s character is depicted as an irritating, militant feminist, seeing sexism in everything and railing against the subjugation of women, even when there isn’t any.
But it isn’t all bad. For a sequel, this film joins that elite and exclusive club of the follow up being better than it’s predecessor. There’s more silliness to the humour and is, overall, more enjoyable. With a reigning back of the gross-out humour, the film would’ve been even better.
Nevertheless, Bad Neighbours 2 has enough going for it to make it worth your time.
No masterpiece but a decent effort.