The unmemorable Bad Neighbours wasn’t exactly a comedic home run, but most sequels have to work hard in order to live up to the reputation of their past films. In regards to Bad Neighbours 2, the hard work near enough paid off.
Much like the first film, the plot centred around Kelly and Mac Radner, a couple whose lives suddenly become flipped upside down when a wild sorority moved in next door, risking their house sale and finances. They soon desperately make it their mission to prevent their neighbours from ruining their lives.
For a youthful generation the film was hilariously laden with crude jokes about drugs, genitalia and childbirth that could make anyone laugh as much as they could cringe at a baby’s foot sticking out of a woman’s nether regions.
Rogen’s input to the film as Mac Radner was completely at home. Similarly, Zac Efron’s blended seamlessly into this universe as Teddy Sanders.
His dynamic with Rogen was so effortless that the term ‘bromance’ would not go amiss in describing it. He fit like a glove, provoking almost as many chuckles as Rogen’s character.
It was unfortunate that in a film that doused its plot with female empowerment, Rose Byrne’s Kelly Radner – the wife of Mac – seemed like she’d been dumped in purely so that there was a woman present.
Nonetheless, she seemed heaps more interesting than teenagers Shelby, Beth and Nora, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein respectively, members of the sorority that rivalled the couple as their next door neighbours.
They held a loud and proud feminist opinion which was the cornerstone of their existence and brought their own style of hilarity in a refreshingly unfeminine way that has been sorely missed from many comedies in the past.
However their main message seemed woven with hypocrisy. The characters themselves seemed weak and messy; Moretz in particular flip flopped between being a slob, a leader, emotionally genuine and a giggling girl.
In comparison to her muddled persona, her best friends were lost and completely undeveloped- a dull blot on a landscape that was trying to convince us that women were just as diverse and interesting as males.
The hypocrisy towards feminism in general was in fact rather startling. It seemed that the film’s idea of feminism could only come from those who chose not to be feminine; not a single girly girl was in sight amongst the sorority trying to promote gender equality, and any mention of wearing make up, heels and eyelashes was met with a sorely negative response.
For a movie that was supposed to promote females, it suggested that they might only be promoted if they looked or dressed a certain way; the very message that the sorority girls were trying so hard to change.
While it wasn’t as progressive as it tried to be, Bad Neighbours 2 was an easy going comedy that wasn’t too hard to watch- as long as you ignored the pseudo-hard hitting content which riddled its plot.