Courtney Howard is a LAFCA, OFCS and AWFJ member, as well as a Rotten Tomatometer-approved film critic. Her work has been published on Variety, She Knows and Awards Circuit.
Courtney Howard // Film Critic
NEIGHBORS blindsided me with how funny Zac Efron can genuinely be. Not only was the film a stoner comedy that hearkened back to classic college comedies of yore, it also contained an earnest, heartfelt sentiment about married life and embracing that second stage in our lives. And it made a shedload of cash! Now comes the inevitable, highly anticipated sequel, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING. Returning to the fold are Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and added into the mix are Selena Gomez, Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiersey Clemons.
Why don’t you play this new trailer and stop standing around with dicks in your hands?
Here’s the official synopsis:
Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.
Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.
Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING opens on May 20.
All photos: Courtesy of Universal Pictures