Following the release of their original 2014 sophomoric comedy Neighbors, director Nicholas Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement), screenwriters Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, and actor/co-writer Seth Rogen (The Night Before) are back with Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Featuring fellow returning cast members Rose Byrne (Spy), Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa), and Ike Barinholtz (Sisters), the comedy sequels sees Rogen and Byrne’s young parents having to deal with sorority misconduct rather than fraternity shenanigans, with Chloë Grace Moretz (The 5th Wave) leading the charge.
After the release of an initial feature length trailer for the Neighbors sequel, fans of the previous installment in the R-Rated comedy series no doubt know what to expect by now. Nevertheless, Universal Pictures appears intent on delivering more of the same lowbrow humor and immature antics throughout Stoller’s impending sequel – a sentiment further attested to by the newly-released Neighbors 2 red band trailer.
In the footage featured above, Rogen, Byrne, Efron, Barinholtz, and Moretz all behave in a manner entirely unbefitting of their respective ages, as the movie in question devolves into many of the same college kid tropes and cliches previously exploited in Neighbors. Only this time around, Rogen and Byrne are only too eager to sell their old house, provided they can shut down the recently-established sorority that has taken up shop in the ill-fated house next door.
An illustrated poster for Neighbors 2 has also been released – have a look at it, below:
For now, it would seem as though Stoller and company are struggling to imbue much ingenuity into the exceedingly familiar proceedings, however entertaining Rogen might still strive to be, and no matter the extent to which Efron remains an effervescently charming side-show attraction. That being said, the movie should please fans of the original movie, even if Neighbors 2 offers little value outside of its immediate thematic ties to the original movie that precedes it.
Rogen and frequent creative collaborator Evan Greenberg, who shares a co-writing credit on the sequel with the formerly mentioned star, are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the contemporary studio comedy. Even as their independent outpouring of original productions has begun to stagnate and seemingly trade on past successes to lesser reward, Neighbors 2 might yet prove to be as surprisingly sentimental and emotionally nuanced as the original film was in 2014. It can’t be any worse for wear than the undeniably intriguing Sausage Party yet to come from the filmmaking duo.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will open in U.S. theaters on May 20th, 2016.
Source: Comedy Central