Movie Review: Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)


The sequel to 2014 comedy film, Bad Neighbours (or if you are in North America, just “Neighbours“) the appropriately titled Bad Neighbours 2 was again directed by Nicholas Stoller. After vanquishing Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and his fraternity from the house next door, Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrn) are enjoying the early years of parenthood. But when Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz) wants to start her own sorority due to the sexist limitations on her college campus, the Radner’s troubles start all over again. Once Teddy decides to help the new sorority, the rivalry between Teddy and the Sanders escalates beyond anything it has ever been.

+ the handful of funny jokes are, admittedly, great. One in particular will probably become a staple of many friend groups (if your friends are all jerks, like I am)
+ there was nothing particularly wrong with Seth Rogen, Rose Byrn, Zac Efron or Chloë Grace Moretz, as such, but none of them were groundbreaking or outstanding in any way

– much like Pitch Perfect 2, this film like too much of a retread of the first film. The same plot structure, without the climactic fight scene of the first
– the film seemed to spend too much time referencing the funny moments from the first, in the same way something like Despicable Me 2 latched onto the thing that made IT popular, in minions. Perhaps unintentionally tellingly, dressing pledges as minions was a running joke in this film
– I’m really not sure what sort of message I was meant to leave this movie with; it started out being a very pro-feminism film, but soon become little more than all the tropes it was berating. I was talking with a friend and told that this film was probably not meant to be dissected this heavily, but it just left me confused and frustrated more than anything
– I can’t help but think there would be at least one other house with a problem here; the house on the other side to Mac and Kelly? Not to mention anyone across the street

Should you see this film: Not at all. Watch the first, and pretend no sequel was ever made. Thank gosh I had good friends with me to save this outing from being a complete waste of my time. Much like Pitch Perfect 2, capitalising on the success of the first film in an attempt to push some sort of agenda has dragged the sequel down into the dirt.


    1. The word I keep coming back to in my head is “unnecessary”. The first was a modern take on the whole ‘odd couple’ scenario, and this one I felt was too similar without the ‘breath of fresh air’ the first offered.

      Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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