Is ‘Neighbors 2’ the Feminist Movie We’ve Been Waiting For?

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Ok, let’s just get this out right away: most movies carry either sexist themes or help perpetuate gender stereotypes. Things are so bad that we even have to have to enact the Bechdel test (which asks whether a movie has even just one scene where two women talk to each other about something other than men) and you’d be surprised at how many films, Oscar nominated films in fact, fail the test.

So when rumor started spreading that the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors 2 — which was written by 5 men and 2 women — was feminist feature film, we were more than a little skeptical.

But the news is out: this movie is actually a super bad-ass female positive film, and we are stoked!

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In the movie, a group of rule-defying Kappa Nu ladies buck the National Panhellenic Council and throw alcohol and substance-infused, feminist icon-themed parties. (Note: This is based on an actual rule that the NPC enforces which prohibits any sororities from throwing parties with alcohol or drugs. No such rule exists for frats).

But these Kappa Nus are’t just throwing these parties to have a good time. The whole basis for the rebellion is that they want to get away from the rapey frat culture that persists and control their own parties in their own houses. Sound awesome yet?

With an entire plot based on college girls going against gender norms to forge their own path, it’s safe to say this is one of the first mainstream comedies to take feminism seriously.

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the lead sorority girl, Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen as the badass neighbors, and Zac Efron as the ex-frat boy, Neighbors 2 hit theaters May 20.

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