Now I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this, I must be honest. I do enjoy Seth Rogen most of the time and Rose Byrne is always a good bet in terms of watchability, but this battle of two generations once removed by the width of a garden fence is probably superfluous. Zac Efron is back too and here the established original cast is completed most notably by Chloe Grace Morentz as the new nemesis to the domestic house-selling bliss of the ‘old people’ who live next door.
If you’ve seen the first of these, then you already know the line this project is treading gingerly along. As usual, the writers push just far enough to almost offend everyone, as everyone is fair game here, though they never go quite far enough to repel anyone completely.
Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) have survived the previous fraternity onslaught led by Efron and as we meet them again, they are in the process of selling their house. Thirty days of Escrow means that their buyers can come around at anytime to inspect the place, which would be fine, if not for the new Sorority that have decided to move in next door, led by Morentz, under the questionable guiding hand of Efron.
Ultimately, this is just more of the same as our first venture into the neighbours from hell, only this time, this blight on domestic bliss comes in a slightly shorter, if no less dangerous, package. The one-upmanship is still there, falling only slightly short of an eye for an eye and some the stunts pulled are actually funny. Granted, sometimes they are completely absurd, but they just about get away with it.
Just barely sneaking past the five laugh rule, audiences can be confident that they will have a good enough time not to feel cheated by the end. Rogen and Byrne are likeable and consistent enough, but as in the first, Efron is the real entertainment value, with a winning smile and the only real, considered character arc to speak of.