Just when we thought Neighbors 2 was just another rote retread of dick jokes punctuated by man-child shenanigans, Seth Rogen and co. surprise us with some genuine affection. Man-on-man affection.
In a newly released clip, Pete—played by the hotter, less problematic Franco, Dave—gets engaged to his boyfriend with the help of his frat bros, digging up that god awful Jason Mraz song (ukulele and all) to really drive home the feels.
The filmmakers made a concentrated effort to not be...what's the word I'm looking for...shitty when it came to Pete's character.
“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension [in the first film]," director Nichoals Stoller said, "and I was like, 'He should just be gay.’ Then in this one, it came up again. [Co-writer] Evan Goldberg brought it up, and he said, 'I think he should be gay, and part of [his arc] should be the proposal.’ It was kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion.”
Rogen, who co-wrote the movie, called some of the jokes from his and Goldberg's Superbad "blatantly homophobic" while promoting Neighbors 2, and took the sequel as an opportunity to show some emotional growth.
“The Greek system seems a little sexist,” he said. “The sheer fact that the women and the men don’t have equal rights and opportunities I think by definition makes it sexist, so that’s something we talked a lot about while we were making the movie.”
Still, at the end of the day, this movie will be remembered for Zac Efron grinding shirtless on a sedan, but who's to say we can't have some social commentary with our thirst traps?
Check out the adorable proposal below:
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is currently in theaters.