Bad Neighbours 2: Film Review

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I loved the 2014 comedy Bad Neighbours and since it did so well at the box office it was no surprise a sequel was ordered. I was wary of it though because I didn’t think it could beat the original, be as remotely funny or be anything more than a repeat of previous events. But I didn’t need to worry – Bad Neighbours 2 is brilliant and such a laugh.

A few years after the events of the first film, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are planning to sell their house to get a bigger place for their impending second child. The old frat house next door has been empty since they outwitted the guys and they now have to wait 30 days in escrow for the sale to be complete. Of course during that time, a sorority run by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) moves in and causes chaos so they have to go into battle to shut down the house once again – but this time with the help of Teddy (Zac Efron).

It is not massively different from the first in terms of plot but it feels fresh enough that you don’t feel you are witnessing all the same jokes and story lines again. Mac, Kelly and Teddy are all in a different place – the couple are worried about being terrible parents while Teddy doesn’t know what to do with his life – and the sorority’s way of fighting is totally different to the boys.

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It fails to match the first only slightly but that’s because the level it had to surpass was so high. It is still just as funny – I laughed out loud so much – but we had seen/heard a lot of it before, especially from Mac and Kelly. Some jokes felt like they were trying too hard and some were oversold through yelling and general craziness (mainly from Ike Barinholtz).

Rogen always cracks me up but Byrne wasn’t given as many zingers as before. It was great to see Moretz in a comedy but her character was all over the place. She set up this ‘subversive’ feminist sorority where the sisters can be whoever they want, but then she keeps telling them what to do. I loved all the sexism/feminist jokes though. Efron did his duty and got his kit off while also being incredibly funny and it was nice to see familiar faces Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse return for small roles.

The movie is a total joy and I laughed so hard so often. It will not be for everyone – the jokes are very basic and dumb – but I love that type of Seth Rogen comedy so this was perfect for me. Sure, it isn’t quite at the level of the first but it’s not the dud I feared it would be. Considering most comedy sequels suck, it is incredibly refreshing and relieving to discover this is a good ‘un.

In cinemas Friday 6th May 

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