Let’s try something different here. To dump on ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ would be redundant and, frankly, boring. Everyone else will do that, and they have a right to: this movie is raunchy and vulgar (and that thought can even be a good thing for some people) and really, the thin storyline is stretched by mindless sketches. I mean, I wasn’t even going to watch this Until I read this Jezebel piece about the movie, proclaiming it a real feminist movie then I thought, hmmm, that’s an idea I never would have associated with this film, and obviously that stirred my interest.
The film still did not truly satisfy me, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were a lot of things about it I liked. First of all, it is very gay positive. Dave Franco’s character apparently is gay, and in the beginning of the movie, gets engaged to his boyfriend in a very sweet scene that brought tears to my eyes – watch it here . And Zac Efron’s Teddy is the emotional core of the film. Sure, his emotional breakthrough always happen around funny circumstances, but they mostly work. And I will always applaud Efron for always being game – he really is the frat version of Nicole Kidman. (I love the place where he ends up at the end of the film) And yes, the film does have a feminist positive vibe, more seen through the eyes of its male screenwriters, but a surprising point of view nonetheless for these kinds of films.
As I said, the film was enjoyable – a fluff candy that gets consumed and is rid of right away. But it does present very positive themes for its target audience, and in this nowadays world of Trump America, they are practically subversive.