Not ex­actly com­edy gold

The best thing about this film is zac Efron... and that’s some­thing DAVID ED­WARDS never thought he would write

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

HERE are six hon­est-to-good­ness laughs in this com­edy se­quel – per­haps twice that if the sight of a tod­dler play­ing with a sex toy strikes you as funny.

Wob­bly, un­even and dodgy, the best thing about this film is Zac Efron. And that’s a sen­tence I never thought I’d write.

Fol­low­ing on from the box of­fice bust­ing orig­i­nal of 2014, we re­turn to the lives of mar­ried fortysome­things Kelly and Mac (Rose Byrne and Seth Ro­gen) who are now sell­ing their home, hav­ing re­cov­ered from the horrors of hav­ing a frat house lo­cated next door.

The deal is put in peril when the neighour­ing build­ing is taken over by the Kappa Nu soror­ity, headed by Chloe Grace Moretz, which is de­ter­mined to party even harder than its pre­de­ces­sors.

Worst of all, the girls re­cruit the cou­ple’s neme­sis (Efron) as their ‘fun fa­cil­i­ta­tor’.

The first film wasn’t ex­actly com­edy gold but it worked as a com­fort blan­ket for those wor­ried about be­ing un­cool now they were ap­proach­ing mid­dle age, along with their at­ten­dant fears about be­ing use­less par­ents.

But with Bad Neigh­bours 2, our good­will be­comes aw­fully hard to sus­tain af­ter a strong-ish start gives way to some em­bar­rass­ing and des­per­ately un­funny com­edy set pieces.

Kelly and Mac steal the girls’ pot! The gals win­dow-bomb them with their used tam­pons! Kelly and Mac try to ex­plain away their tod­dler grab­bing a sex toy (again)!

As for the per­for­mances, Ro­gen is run­ning on au­topi­lot hav­ing his reg­u­lar trade­mark freak-outs while Moretz, with her but­ter wouldn’t melt looks, is an un­easy fit as a mar­i­juana smok­ing rebel.

In the end, it’s down to Efron to pre­vent the whole thing nose­div­ing into one-star ig­nominy as he gamely sends up his im­age as a none too bright gay pin-up.

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