The other major performance this time around, in a movie as delightful and silly – indeed, much more silly – than its similarly delightful predecessor, comes from Chloë Grace Moretz as Shelby, a freshman at Teddy’s old college who, with a couple of friends, decides to start her own sorority in Teddy’s old frat house, thus once again causing problems for their “adult” neighbours Mac and Kelly (Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne). Moretz, for me, has either been badly used or not on game in her past few pictures, but she’s excellent here, to the extent that maybe silly comedy is her thing.
It’s certainly Rose Byrne’s thing. Of the original film, I wrote, “Byrne again proves herself the funniest of the new batch of Hollywood comedy queens.” She doesn’t get to prove herself so much this time around – she and Rogan are side characters, letting the young ones do the heavy lifting, which includes pratfalls, spit-takes and all manner of (successful) physical comedy amongst the film’s rapid-fire dialogue. Like everything in this movie, it’s touching: Aw, sweetie, let the kids have a go! I laughed a lot during this genial, high-spirited, extremely good-natured romp, and at the end I noticed I was wearing a massive smile. These characters have been really well nurtured, and if director Nicholas Stoller wants to bring us number 3, I say, bring it on.