When a film makes 270 million dollars and only 18 million was spent on it, then you are sure a sequel would more likely be seen—so we’ve been served with ‘Bad Neighbours 2’.
Though a sequel, one good thing about the comedy is that you do not need to have watched the previous to be able to laugh. It’s humorous in chops but as a whole, you would forget what it’s really all about the moment the credits begin to roll.
Perhaps, inspired by Zac Efron’s Magic-Mike-style dancing which grabbed a lot of attention in Dirty Grandpa, we get to see Zac in ‘Bad Neighbours 2’ doing it all over again—but this time with a plot purpose, to divert attention from an on-going thievery.
In ‘Bad Neighbour 2,’ Mac ( played by Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner ( played by Rose Byrne) have a little girl whose ideal playing-toy is their huge vibrator—and the plot of the film sits on the closure of a property sale by the couple.
When the couple thought they had successfully sold their property to move into another, it emerged to their surprise that they were in a 30 days Escrow window—a time frame within which the buyers on finding anything unpleasant could pull out of the sale.
That was exactly when the next door house which was formerly occupied by the ‘fraternity’ became a home to Shelby’s (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) sorority, Kappa Nu—a perfect party hub for the girls. But a grand disaster for the couple adamant on selling their property to move up the ladder.
Having been pushed out of the boy’s apartment with no where to sleep, Teddy (played by Zac Efron) took solace in becoming a self-appointed ‘business manager and coach’ of the newly formed sorority. This was after a brilliant humorous dialogue between the boys about their current state in life.
Soon after joining Kappa Nu to kick-start the party, Teddy was thrown out of the group by the college girls through an unsuspecting but funny voting scheme when they diagnosed him as suffering from ‘middle age crisis.’
With the party chaos serving as a hovering obstacle to the sale of Mac and Kelly’s property, the couple teamed up to fight back the party girls. After talks failed, it got nasty and wild.
Teddy switched sides after his kick-out, hoping to be valued for his input.
‘Bad Neighbour 2’ has great funny lines; there was an explosively amusing conversation about whether there’s a right to party or not. And there were several jokes targeting sexism—just as parts of the story attacks the existing patriarchy nature of the party structures in colleges.
The laughs are in there, but they come in pieces—such as a bunch of girls throwing used tampons as part of the neighbourhood fight and one landing straight into Rogen’s face.
Once again, there was an airbag…
Moretz was good and calm as she was in Kick Ass but it was Zac Efron whose comedy growth becomes evident in this film—with or without his shirt, Zac has a way to get your attention.