BAD NEIGHBOURS 2
Director: Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zac Efron Verdict: Same time next door THE best comedy sequels make you forget they are selling you secondhand goods at full price.
There haven’t been too many that have really justified the trade-off in recent times. 22 Jump Street was just about as good as it gets, and that was primarily because it made a running joke of all the repeated jokes.
Then there was Anchorman 2, which slapped a fair whack of fresh stories on Ron Burgundy’s news desk. After those two, however, the list tapers off to nothing very quickly. Which brings us to Bad Neighbours 2, the obligatory follow-up to the surprise hit (and surprisingly strong) comedy from 2014.
That was the one where happily married couple Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne went into age-panic meltdown after Zac Efron relocated a raveround-the-clock college fraternity to the house next door.
All in all, it was a filling serve of empty-calorie laughs that left most undemanding viewers more than satisfied.
Though Bad Neighbours 2 takes everything down a notch from the original – largely because of too many shout-outs to proven punchlines of the past – it will not disappoint anyone chasing a disposable comedy diversion.
A Friday or Saturday night session with a few pre-show drinks under the belt will optimise the cheeky, anything-goes charm of the movie at its very best.
The plotting of Bad Neighbours 2 is just different enough to snuff out any possible resentment of repeatoffending tendencies in play.
Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) have sold their home, and are waiting out a 30-day cooling-off period before their buyer take control of the property.
It is going to be a long month. A female sorority led by a loner-turnedlunatic-party-queen (Chloe Grace Moretz) have taken over the lease of the dwelling over the fence.
These young ladies are settling in for a long time of good times. Unless, of course, Mac and Kelly can come up with a whole new suite of schemes to shut up the hell-raising hussies until the moving van arrives.
Therefore their old frat-house frenemy Teddy (Efron) is brought on-board as the frazzled couple’s key adviser and secret weapon.
What follows is a fast-paced combo of punishing physical sight gags (Rogen’s strong suit) and dirty-clever dialogue (of which Byrne is now one of the best in the biz) that never quite feels like it will out-stay its limited welcome.
Hey, its no classic, but you have seen a lot worse come and go already in the comedy ranks this year.