‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ – Is this a feminist movie?
Well start with the trailer, as always.
It’s not hidden secret that I enjoy Seth Rogan movies. It’s also no secret that I enjoy Zach Efron movies. I mean, did you see 17 Again? I may have named my daughter after a character in that movie.
Neighbors was such a great movie. It had a ton of great laughs in it and was a clever movie. The sequel tries hard to capture the nonsense of the first one while also being just as clever and interesting. I’ll be honest, its not as good, but it’s still really good. There are a few moments in it that are a little “meh”, mainly the over all story. The story is lacking, but that’s ok. You don’t see a movie like this for the story. You see it for the jokes and the insanity. You also see it for Zach Efron’s abs and ballsack. Yup, you see both. Yes, I know it’s a fake ballsack, but it’s still here.
I am a 100% fan of movies like this, as you can tell from my Why Him review, I like to laugh even if the plot takes some liberties with reality. I mean, let’s be honest, we don’t see movies to stick in reality. One of the best parts about slap-stick comedy is pointing out all the times the characters would have died or been put in traction. That’s why the Three Stooges where so popular back in the day, cause they where a live action cartoon. A lot of the jokes in this follow the same guidelines, only with more swearing, drugs and testicles. It used to be in these movies there would be tits and ass (female ass) for the jokes, but any our modern sophisticated day the jokes are now regulated to male genitalia. As a straight, married, white man I have to be honest with you on this. I’m all for it. Why should they show his balls for a joke? Why should the only nudity in a movie be a dudes ass? Or a cock shot? It’s shocking in our current world and dammit it’s about time the men got some love for their tidly bits!
That being said, if you liked the first one, you will like this one. If you wanted something better, you didn’t get it. You also didn’t get a remake with girls, they did a good job of making it a similar movie but different enough that it didn’t fall victim to the endless sequel crap storm of most comedy movies.
Oh, and in answer to the question in the title of this review, yeah, it’s a feminist movie, and that’s awesome. They used Zach’s character to point out all the double standards of dudes and chicks and they pulled it off, in my opinion, extremely well. Feminism isn’t a bad thing, remember that. Extremism is. Don’t confuse the two.