Progess! Dumb movie depicts teen girls behaving badly, but with a positive vibe, just like boys have gotten since forever. Kelly (Rose Byrne) and Mac (Seth Rogen) are about to sell their house, but now a sorority (led by Chloë Grace Moretz) has just moved into the former frat house next door, and is determined to party. Not like a frat—their parties are “super rapey”—but still like sororities typically don’t. Zac Efron’s frat boy Teddy is back, too, helping the struggling new sorority get off the ground. There are unexpectedly progressive aspects to this sequel, including a sweet acceptance of the fluidity of sexual attraction and a distinct female gaze. Otherwise, it’s more of the same from the original movie: a fragmented mess that throws out lots of attempts at humor—way too much of it gross-out—while rarely striking a chord with any of it. Turns out that gross-out movies don’t work when they’re progressive any more than they do when they’re regressive. Shame is the basis of gross-out comedy, and you cannot shame people who are cool with all the dildos onscreen.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Producer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Ted Gidlow, Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Carla Gallo, Dave Franco, Billy Eichner, Selena Gomez, Kelsey Grammer, Lisa Kudrow, Sam Richardson, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hannibal Buress, Brian Huskey, Elise Vargas and Zoey Vargas
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