“In the United States, sororities aren’t allowed to throw parties in their own houses. Only frats can … Google it," sorority president Selena Gomez tells a room full of pledges at the beginning of Neighbors 2. It’s the kind of cringe-y line that instantly shows that this movie is going to talk about sexist double standards and, oh, probably hit you over the head with that theme. The film is trying to be "woke," but it also carries much of the baggage associated with that word at this point in 2016. In broad strokes it can feel loudly and proudly progressive, but when you drill down it’s not really saying anything new or exciting.
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