Bad Neighbours 2 sees Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play new parents forced to take desperate measures when a rowdy fraternity led by Zac Efron moves in next door.
A consistently funny blend of character comedy, middle-age crisis movie and escalating gross-out humour, the first film became enough of a hit to generate this inevitable sequel, with the entire cast and creative team back on board.
This time round, Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) are in the process of selling their house before the arrival of their second child.Faced with a one month period in which the prospective buyers can pull out at any time, they are horrified when a trio of disaffected college students move in and start up their own hard-partying sorority. In desperation, they turn to their former enemy Teddy (Efron) for help in shutting the sorority down.
The first thing to say about Bad Neighbours 2 is that its heart is definitely in the right place – there’s a pointed critique of the repulsive sexism at the heart of fratboy culture (“This party’s a bit…rapey…”). In addition, the characters are likeable and the core cast each deliver strong comic performances. There are also some amusing set-pieces and some fun gags.
Though the character interplay is consistently amusing, the film fails to deliver any actual belly laughs and even its attempts at gross-out humour (a popped-out testicle here, a tampon thrown at a window there) feel half-hearted.
FReview by Matthew Turner