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Jeri Jacquin

Back in the neighborhood this week from director Nicholas Stoller and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is another round with NEIGHBORS 2: Sorority Rising on Bluray/DVD/Digital HD.

Life has been quiet since Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and the gang closed up the frat house next door to Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) and wife Kelly (Rose Byrne). Working on baby number #2, the Radner’s have decided to sell their home and move to a house of their dreams.

Before that can happen they need to close the deal on their home. Keeping focused they need to get through a thirty day escrow with no problems. Well, they didn’t count on Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein)! These three girls have had their fill of sorority’s who still won’t let them do what they want.

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The idea is born to start a sorority of their own and guess which house they find to rent? While going through the house they meet Teddy who is in a bad way since being asked by his buddies Pete (Dave Franco) and Darren (John Early) to move out. Listening to the girls’ story, Teddy offers to be a mentor for the girls.

Immediately the parties begin! Mac and Kelly feel like they’ve stepped into a time machine. Asking the girls to keep it down until escrow closes; they are instantly met with resistance. When the girls turn on Teddy, he goes to the Radner’s offering his services to help rid them of the sorority.

The gauntlet has been thrown and both sides are in it deep.

Rogen as Mac once again questions his abilities as a father and a husband. Trying to keep everyone happy, Mac knows that the move will make everyone happy. The challenge of another group of partiers is more than he can take so trying anything, even accepting the help of Teddy, is worth it.

Byrne as Kelly is pregnant again and isn’t about to let a group of girls take away her dream home. The scene that is the funniest to me is when she and Rogen are comparing who is the worst parent because (barring the pot references) have had the same comparisons when my kids were little.

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Efron as Teddy misses his college days and seems to be aimless in knowing what he is meant to do in life. Having the chance to party like his college days, it turns on him and helping the Radner’s gives him focus – and a place in the family. Efron is funny and once again gives the ladies something to cheer about.

Moretz as Shelby gets the opportunity to go girl-gone-wild in this role. She definitely has an attitude and one that Efron’s character isn’t completely ready for. Thank goodness for the uber-cool Kelly because it takes a crazy chick to know a crazy chick!

Other cast include Ike Barinholtz as Jimmy, Jerrod Carmichael as Garf, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Scoonie, Cara Mamet as Maranda, and Selena Gomez as Phi Lamda President.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us all to experience and re-experience in our own home theatres. There are films of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.uphe.com.

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The Bluray includes Bonus Features of Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Line-O-Rama, Nu Neighbors – Making of the Sequel, The Prodigal Bros Return, Girls Rule, The Ultimate Tailgate Featuring Commentary with Co-writer/Director Nicholas Stoller and Producer James Weaver. Also included is a digital download that plays on your mobile devices.

NEIGHBORS 2 brings the same raunchy as the original NEIGHBORS with probably a tad more shock value than its sibling. Of course having both Blurays means over four hours of continual craziness, I’m just throwing that in there. I mean seriously if you are going to have a good time why not make it a great time right?

Efron and Rogen are together again and this time painting on abs is still as funny as ever. Byrne is a Mom to watch out for because one minute she can be sweet, caring and nurturing and the next – can get evil on anyone as fast as her broom can carry her!

Pick up NEIGHBORS 2 this week on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD and make it a frat night at home!

In the end – it is parenthood vs. sisterhood!

 

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