Movie review: Bad Neighbours 2 – hilarious and as good as the original

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Bad Neighbours 2 is surprisingly good, and not just because Teddy (Zac Efron) is topless for most of the film (although that helps). Despite going all in for ridiculous comedy and some excellent cringey moments, there’s a deeper message at its core and one that that most wouldn’t expect from a movie about fighting neighbours. It more than once highlights the boundaries of the genders and questions sexism in today’s society. Didn’t expect that eh?

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In the first movie Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) fought with the fraternity from hell as they raised their newly born baby, but in this movie, set a few years on, a sorority moves into the house next door just as they’re trying to sell their house. Led by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) the girls are equally loud and annoying and so Mac and Kelly resort to some ridiculous efforts to get them evicted.

And where does Teddy come into it? Having a quarter life crisis, Teddy runs home to his favourite place – the old frat house, and there he strikes up a deal with the sorority to help them be financially viable and successful, much to his old neighbours’ disgust. This movie is as funny as the last one, with some food for thought on gender roles thrown in, and ironically, a lot of topless Teddy! Great for a date night!

4/5 stars

Released Friday May 6th.