The first “Neighbors,” the occasionally-funny movie starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron was kind of like “Old School” if told from the perspective of the neighbors. But now that Zac Efron and co. have all graduated, what’s to be done for a sequel? Simple — extend an episode of “Scream Queens” to 90 minutes and call it a day.
I will say, any time a movie trailer offers up Selena Gomez in a bikini within the first 10 seconds, you know you’ve got a winner on your hands. It worked for “Spring Breakers,” and it works here. It’s just good filmmaking. But she doesn’t figure to play much of a role in the movie, as it looks like Zac Efron’s character will be played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who gets rejected from Selena Gomez’s hot and good sorority for not being hot enough. She’s actually mad that the “sexist” greek system doesn’t allow sororities to throw parties, but I mean come on the subtext is there.
She decides to start a new “inclusive” sorority called kappa kappa nu (since apparently every writer in Hollywood didn’t get preffed by Kappa Kappa Gamma in college and thus makes every fake sorority name some variation of that). Because they’re not at all a real sorority they wind up living next door to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, who apparently didn’t learn one damn thing about living too close to a college campus the last time. Like I said, it’s “Scream Queens.” If someone doesn’t get shot in the dick with a crossbow, I’ll demand my money back.
“Neighbors” was ok, but this one looks like it could be even better, not least of all because the antagonist is actually fighting for something worthwhile (her right to party) as opposed to Zac Efron’s character, who just didn’t want to grow up. Plus it wouldn’t be a Zac Efron movie without him spending most of his time shirtless, so I imagine that’s a plus for most of you.