The “Neighbors” sequel follows the same formula as the first, but sheds a light on the sexism that goes on in the university Greek system. Even better, it does it pretty intelligently. This isn’t a movie that I would have seen on my own, just because the first movie was just alright to me and this movie looked pretty much the same in trailers, but good reviews convinced me to head to the theater. Overall, I found it to be surprisingly enjoyable.
Obviously, the one performance to talk about with this movie is newcomer to the franchise – Chloe Grace Moretz. I think this role, of those I’ve seen her in, are closest to who she is in real life – and that’s refreshing to me. I like seeing part of the actor themselves on screen. She’s a very vocal advocate of feminism on her social platforms, and while she might be getting called out by Kim Kardashian – she sticks to her guns. I think the same can be said for her character Shelby, aside from the Kim K stuff.
I thought while Selena Gomez’s addition was fun, it was sort of unnecessary. But hey, if you’ve got the budget – go for it. I just think it would have had the same impact with any other actress in the role. I did like the not so subtle dig made towards real-life sorority recruitment videos. Also, the scene that made me realize that as I’m typing this post out, I have to sound out the word “sorority” to get it right.
At it’s core, it’s a movie about friendship – even more, friendship among young women. I feel like even with movies like “Pitch Perfect” being such big hits, those movies are still not easy to come by. That’s a shame, but I’m glad we have another one out there. Is it worth your money to go see? I mean, I would watch it as a matinee maybe – but it’s nothing groundbreaking. But it’s doing about as well as you can expect it to, considering it’s going up against a movie adaptation of one of the best selling mobile games of all time. If crude humor isn’t your thing, I’d wait for DVD or Netflix – but overall, I don’t feel like it was money wasted at the box office.