Why Chloe Grace Moretz Finds Deeper Messages in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz Finds Serious Messages Amid the Mayhem of Neighbors 2

“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” more lives up to its name, with drinking and smoking and partying, coeds in bikinis and Zac Efron with his shirt off. But star Chloe Grace Moretz insists that in between all the sex and drugs and Seth Rogen F-bombs are some actually serious themes.

“It’s very sentimental,” Moretz tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “What we all kind of underestimated was the amount that it would actually be kind of emotionally affecting.”

In this sequel to the raunchy 2014 hit “Neighbors,” Rogen and his pregnant wife, played once again by Rose Byrne, try to sell their home but watch its curb appeal vanish when the unruly Kappa Nu sorority moves next door. The couple recruit their former neighbor and ex-enemy Efron to help rid the block of sorority sisters including Moretz, Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein.

Even the Party Scenes Speak to Unfairness in the Greek System, says Chloe Grace Moretz

For Moretz, even the hard-partying sorority serves as an empowering symbol.

“The whole idea is that the Greek system has laws against women being able to party,” she says. “Sororities are not allowed to have alcohol or they’re not allowed to smoke in their houses. They have took certain rules about how clean their houses are, all this crazy stuff, whereas the frat houses are literally trashed. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want to to it with however many people, because you’re a dude.”

This “antiquated system,” she adds, “just shows that it’s another underlying level of sexism and oppression that we have just been following all these cues to and we haven’t even thought to address.