‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ Trailer Pits Parenthood vs. Sisterhood

By January 19, 2016

Following 2014’s spectacularly-crafted and funny first outing – Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Ike Barinholtz, and the rest of the original crew are set to return to the college life in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which follows a premise similar to that of its predecessor, only instead of a crazy fraternity moving in next door, it’s a sorority. The sequel will be bringing back some of the original film’s case members, as well as new additions including Chloe Grace-Moretz, Selena Gomez, Kiersey Clemons, and Beanie Feldstein, who play the girls dead set on breaking society’s sexist restrictions and living the party-driven college lives they were hoping for.

Unfortunately for them, their sorority house winds up right next to Rogen and Byrne’s characters again, who are forced to call in the help of their old foe-turned-ally, Teddy (Efron), to try and help them shut down the sorority once and for all. Yes, it is just as outrageous as it sounds, and yes, I am still very much looking forward to this comedy sequel.

The first official trailer for the film has been revealed online earlier today, and teases some of the film’s zany antics and callbacks to the original film that audiences can look forward to this May:

Here’s the film’s official synopsis as well:

“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.”

I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed the first Neighbors when it came out in theatres, and at this point, I’ll basically see anything that Rogen invests his time into, since he seems to hit more than he misses nowadays. The first film showcased some of Efron’s surprising comedy skills as well, and seeing him come back, bronzed abs in all alongside Rogen’s colored on abs makes me think that this could be one of the surprise hits of this summer.

Unfortunately, comedy sequels are notorious for being let-downs almost entirely across the board, with few franchises being exceptions. So here’s to hoping this ends up being more along the lines of a sequel like 22 Jump Street than it does Dumb and Dumber To. It definitely looks like more of the same that we got from the first film, but if it’s funny, is that really a bad thing?

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is set to hit theatres on May 20th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable