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YMMV / Neighbors (2014)

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Thanks to the Grey and Gray Morality of the films.
  • Contested Sequel: The opinions of the sequel have ranged from Even Better Sequel to good but not as good to Sequelitis.
  • Critical Research Failure: One of the topics tackled in the sequel is how traditional sororities are forbidden from throwing their own parties and must attend fraternity parties. The film takes the stance that this is an example of the traditional male hierarchy oppressing women, but the truth is that this is a self-imposed policy by sororities themselves through the National Panhellenic Conference (the national sorority governing body) primarily because no-party policies make them cheaper to insure.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Practically the whole movie.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Both sides in both movies do some pretty screwed up things throughout the film, making it difficult to root for either side. But this is the point of the films as it's less about the outcome and more about the anxiety of growing up, which drives the entire conflict.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Inverted, by design. The movie does a good job of making the "FratPartyDudeBroWOOO!" lifestyle look extremely unappealing to those not already drawn to it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Despite the film being pitched as Rogen vs. Efron, most critical reviews — even the negative ones — heaped the most praise on Rose Byrne's Kelly, who doesn't get stuck with a Women Are Wiser role and gets a lot of laughs going from button-downed house-wife to scheming partner-in-crime with Mac. Plus, she does a hilarious Keet impression of Anne Hathaway.
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    • Pete, mainly for being the Only Sane Man on both sides, and for being a genuinely good guy.
  • Hand Wave: Marijuana goes from seemingly illegal to seemingly legal several times in both movies. Mac finds it "hard to buy weed", has a "dealer", and has to hide bongs, but both Delta Psi and Kappa Nu are able to purchase massive quantities of weed and openly distribute it. Kappa Nu rather blatantly sells weed in baggies at a school event and Delta Psi fills metal barrels with weed and lights them to "hotbox" a whole house at a huge party. When a cop shows up, he doesn't investigate the weed-themed party with weed-shaped lights and probably a very powerful smell of weed, and even jokes with a frat member about how he knows the dude is high.
  • He Really Can Act: This is the movie that proved to the world that Zac Efron's status as a brief Disney Channel star was not to be and that he had legitimate comedic talents.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Robert De Niro scene becomes this now that Zac Efron has starred alongside the man himself.
    • In the sequel, the Kappas host a costume party and Teddy dresses up as "Future President Hillary Clinton". Yeah about that....
  • Ho Yay: Pete's dramatic I Love You moment with Teddy could be read as this, especially with the romantic music that plays. Then the sequel had him come out of the closet.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Teddy is not the nicest person around, but in the sequel when he starts crying while talking about his desire to find a place to fit in and have a purpose, it's really pathetic and really difficult to not feel sorry for him.
    • Shelby is, without a doubt, a jerk, but she came to college without having any friends back home and is terrified of losing the ones she made and being alone at college so it's easy to feel bad for her.
  • Nausea Fuel: The milking scene in the first movie.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dean Carol Gladstone and Officer Watkins, although the former is more of a Two Scene Wonder.
  • Sequelitis: Whether or not Neighbors 2 lives up to its predecessor is debated. Even though the film got decent reviews, something that's not normally expected for sequels of comedy films, some wrote it off as simply a redo of the first film, presenting very little changes and making it seem unnecessary.
  • Squick:
    • Paula says "check out my new necklace" during a party, and said "necklace" is a guy's huge erect penis around her neck.
    • The aforementioned milking scene.
    • The sequel also has the following:
      • Mac getting vomit on his face while trying to have sex with his wife.
      • The sorority prank the Radners by throwing used tampons at their window. Mac gets hit in the face with one.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Jimmy gets shut down immediately for bringing up the idea of "mens rights," despite the fact that this very film points out it is quite possible to be prejudiced against men. Then again, critics would argue that "mens rights" groups focus too much on anti feminism rather than promoting men's rights, so Mac shutting down Jimmy is just the film's way of saying his solution isn't the answer the same way Kappa Nu's insisting on partying for 30 days isn't the solution to ending patriarchal norms.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Shelby and the Kappa Nu sisters. The sequel takes a more sympathetic stance on them than they did with Teddy and his frat brothers in the original. The problem though being a) they use Straw Feminist arguments to rationalize their actions and never get called out on it other than some scoffs (this film came out at a time when debates regarding feminism on the web were at a peak, so the writers needed to be more careful), b) the only thing the Radners actually did to them was request they keep the partying down until they can officially sell their house in 30 days, and c) the things they do to them are far more malicious (such as intentionally trying to break up the Radners' marriage). note  It's somewhat made up for by them buying the Radners' home therefore being the solution to the problem they caused in the first place, however this still means that end up being a Karma Houdini, without ever really acknowledging that what they were doing was wrong except at the very last minute.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Jimmy putting a Hebrew taunt in the school seal of the counterfeit lifting-of-probation letter as a "calling card", tipping Teddy off to the fact that it was a fake and they're still on probation. Everyone else calls him out on doing this before they actually won.
    • After Kappa Nu robs Mac and Kelly's house and sprays graffiti on the walls, Mac refuses to call the police because they had previously all of stolen Kappa Nu's weed. Unless they still had the weed in the house, which is doubtful, there would have been no evidence for the cops to find, not to mention that Kappa Nu would have to admit to having bought a huge quantity of weed in the first place.
      • It would have made more sense to reference the first movie and say that the cops told Mac and Kelly to "never call them again" after the Radners had called in the noise complaint on Teddy.
    • Kappa Nu insisting on partying for 30 days to avoid a break up, despite the fact that it's still possible to form a sorority even after such time has passed.


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