“Neighbors 2” brings attention to Greek Life issues


Reamer Auditorium welcomed “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” for its weekend movie showing. “Neighbors 2” is a film that combines humor with more serious undertones of the issues present in Greek Life.

There are very rarely any movies about sorority life (the only one that immediately comes to mind is “The House Bunny”) while there is a plethora of frat house comedies – “Animal House,” “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Old School,” just to name a few.

As a sequel to 2014’s “Neighbors,” “Neighbors 2” is a comedy that is both funnier than its original film and offers much more depth in what it’s aiming to do. While the movie is slightly unrealistic, dramatized and somewhat guilty for following the same formula as its predecessor, it highlights some of the problems that are most definitely prevalent in Greek Life.

Chloe Grace Moretz, who plays pot-loving college freshman Shelby, is the newest member to the franchise and definitely earns a place in the spotlight through this role. She is desperate to join a sorority but is immediately turned off by their strict rules and the fact that sororities aren’t allowed to throw their own parties while fraternities can.

Yes, this is a true rule and one that the movie wants you to know exists. The movie really focuses on this controversial topic within the Greek system by using humor to its advantage. Although many people do not join sororities or fraternities solely for the parties, there are a handful of people that do – and there is nothing wrong with that.

The importance of this issue in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” is to expose the long-imbued sexism within the Greek system. Not only does the film cover this issue and make it evident to those watching, but it also uses comedy to show the typical portrayals of sorority girls, an issue that tends to be glossed over in Hollywood.

The film depicts Chloe Grace Moretz as the anti-sorority girl when really she is the person everybody should want in his or her organization. She is not girly or boy-crazy and therefore isn’t considered or thought of as a sorority girl. In reality, she is actually the best sorority girl you can have.

She is somebody who is okay with not fitting the mold of what is expected of Greek Life and that’s all anybody could want. What you see in movies is obviously not reality. While “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” uses their star studded cast of Seth Rogen, Zach Efron, Dave Franco, Chloe Grace Moretz and Rose Byrne to create a successful comedy, there are many important takeaways about Greek Life that are worth addressing on college campus’ all over the world.

That’s the beauty of comedy; it allows for harder, even darker topics to be more welcome in open discussions. Rogen and crew capitalize on their affinity with comedy to hit just the right balance between funny plot and social commentary. Much like the first movie, “Neighbors 2” ends with a compromise that leaves both neighboring belligerants at peace and arguably better off.

With that in mind, hopefully the Greek system we live with today will find such a balance and address the social issues that are no longer even viewed as problems, but long-established and unquestionablefacts of matter.


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