Last February a sequel to the 2014 hit comedy Neighbors was reported for a May 2016 release date. Chloe Grace-Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) tweeted her involvement with Production Weekly confirming the official title of the next installment.
Neighbors: Sorority Rising, obviously the Radner family will now face the evils in a sorority. Not that they are going to be wicked or anything but sorority girls are mostly portrayed as devious and perky ones.
Chloe Grace Moretz will be joined by returning cast Seth Rogen (who will also co-write the film) and Rose Byrne as Marc and Kelly Radner. Zac Efron was also reportedly to return but we’ll have to wait for the official announcement.
Neighbors received generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 73% rating, with an average score of 6.3/10, based on reviews from 198 critics. The site’s consensus states: “With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating—and filmgoers laughs.” OnMetacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Critics praised Efron’s performance, and noted that he had successfully shed the “Disney kid” pretty boy stereotype.Critics also praised Byrne’s performance and the writers’ decision to have her character be a co-conspirator with Rogen’s character as opposed to having her on the sidelines.
In Neighbors (2014), Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their newborn child, until the frat brothers move into the house next door. Teddy is the President, and Pete is his right hand man, and they’re quick to accept friendship when Kelly and Mac introduce themselves as the neighbors. Night after night, Mac asks Teddy to lower the fraternity’s noise, even accepting the invitation to the party one evening. When Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police quickly blame Mac for their presence, and the war begins. As the family feuds with the frat brothers, things get hilariously dangerous and the fraternity ends up on thin ice with their college. After receiving their final warning and being placed on probation, Mac and Kelly pull a prank so ingenious that Teddy and Mac are forced to respond. All hell breaks loose, from Robert DeNiro parties to Christopher Mintz-Plasse having sex in the bushes, this comedy shows how things can go really wrong really quickly when a family and a frat house become neighbors.
Neighbors: Sorority Rising arrives in cinemas May 2016 with director Nicholas Stoller returning to helm the film, distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.