The first Neighbors was a pleasant surprise when it came out in theaters. It was hilarious and it also showed us that Zack Efron had terrific comedic chops and he’s also the best part of this sequel. He has amazing chemistry with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne and these three comedians are by far the funniest part of this film. These three play off each other so well and these characters are the reason why this sequel exists. Is it necessary? No, but it was a lot funnier than it could have been and it’s much better than most comedy sequels that exist on this earth.
If you’ve seen the first movie than you already know exactly what to expect from this movie except the only difference here is that the sorority is full of women led by Chloe Grace Moretz. She is a good addition to the cast but her character was extremely despicable which made it hard too really get invested in her storyline while Zack Efron’s character Teddy Sanders who they we’re up against in the first Neighbors was doing bad things to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne but he was funny and charismatic so it was easier to care more about his character.
The story is a bit messy and inconsistent; a lot of things happen that are barely coherent and don’t really make sense like for instance Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen never call the cops in the beginning where the sorority first arrives. If they had just called the cops than the movie would have ended as soon as it had begun.
There are also some pacing issues where there aren’t any laughs where the scene drags on for too long. The laughs aren’t as consistent as the first one and it takes a little while for the story to get going (the movie really begins when Zack Efron decides to team up with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne from then on out it’s a lot funnier). Some stuff is just thrown at you from no apparent reason and you and you’re supposed to accept it. It’s a comedy and a lot can be forgiven in a comedy if you laugh so you can forgive it for not making a whole lot of sense and appreciate for what it is.
Overall, Neighbors 2 is a decent comedy sequel that has a great cast and while it isn’t as consistent and as funny as the first Neighbors, this second instalment offers great chemistry between the characters and quite a few laughs in the process.