So, you could say it's been two years since Mac (Seth Rogen) and Teddy (Zac Efron) have made peace. Teddy has moved out of his house, and Mac and Kelly are trying to sell theirs. They have a potential customer but it can be hard hiding dildos and liquor around the house, but it will be even tougher when there are new college kids in town. One of the individuals, Shelby (Chloe Moretz), doesn't take kindly to Selena Gomez's advice about following the definition of "Sorority" in the dictionary; meaning, sororities don't have parties. Or, at least, they don't host parties. Disgusted at this prospect, she hides in a closet, where she meets two other outsiders and individuals, Beth and Nora, who don't see it the same way either, so they're going to go all out themselves and host parties. The first thing they need though, is a house, and they make a club together, Kappa Nu, and charge admittance at parties for expense costs, and...the house is Teddy's old house. Mac and Kelly need these girls out before they sabotage their customers.
My original score for this movie was C- after I saw it but I raised my grade a little for a few various reasons. One of which is I remember I hated almost every second of the first movie, from unfunny jokes about milking a girl to a disappointing punch fight to the use of the n-word to not having any energy or resistance the first time a police car came into view. And this one wasn't as bad. However...
My negative grade for this movie came from the fact it slips on several notes at the very end, but I was actually close to recommending it. By now, you know that for me, the ending is the most important part of my movie grades. You see, in this film the two major plotholes that still affected this grade were the fact that the party that is thrown to Shelby where she meets her friends doesn't seem like the sort of party any party-obsessed girl would despise. There was a strobe of lights shaped like a dick but there was still energy and bouncing-around. And there are people who want to quit Kappa Nu and the ambiguity of any logic after everything the characters go through throughout this film, it doesn't feel realistic in the slightest and is last-minute. It gets even worse when it tries at the last second to encourage feminism with a tacked-on message. Another bad element in this film is the side story of Teddy's gay brother Pete, who kicks Teddy out of his house after he finds out he's been proposed to by Darren. Any real brother wouldn't just kick out his brobro for something like this and I strongly encourage anyone who loves the same gender or opposite gender not to marry someone who would do that. It then pops up again in the end just like the other element, when Teddy apologizes during Pete's wedding but there is no reason shown whatsoever for his apology. Pete should be the one apologizing and then kicked down the stairs. The movie also seems to give up on too big a plot element for it to really be forgiving. Oh, and I think girls can do better faux-sobs than the ones they did while watching The Fault in our Stars.
And now for the reasons I ended up bringing my score up. Despite these flaws, there are actually some scenes I want to watch again because I remember having a blast with them (though I could've done without the once-again-inevitable-in-a-slob-comedy race joke about line of work). It wasn't just Kelly puking on her lover, but Mac's friend dressed as The Joker in a laugh that doesn't lose its sense of humour after just one trial. There's also the fact Chloe Grace Moretz is in this film. That's probably the wisest decision director Nicholas Stoller has done in his work with this franchise. She easily makes Shelby someone you want to see hit the curb and prevail at the same time. There is also a fun chase scene that turns into a rube goldberg contraption with tension because I cared about the outcome. Oh, and there were some killer-clever jokes about how hard it is to spell "Sorority", which may sound like desperate humour but it was refreshingly original. Something I also enjoyed is when Teddy joins Mac. It's for more than one reason, and both reasons I understand can make someone mad and desire revenge. I also sympathized with the fact Teddy has a criminal record and apparently can't find work. One of my biggest fears is having a criminal record for that exact same reason and I wanted him to succeed. Oh, and thank goodness there is a hugging scene, and it isn't full of condescension. There are also moments of slapstick that found their way into my funny bone. If only the filmmakers had an extra million dollars to show rather than tell that scene. That would've made the idea of the slapstick more delightfully outrageous.
So, if you like slob comedies, I think Neighbours 2 is better than, say, Anchorman 2, and it is certainly more memorable than its predecessor, and maybe if I wasn't a critic or a filmgoer that has to pick apart every movie he sees, maybe I...well, you know what I was about to say. How about "you might like it more"? Yeah, that works better. I can't quite recommend it, but if I were forced to rewatch it, it wouldn't be the worst day of my life.