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  • Review: 'Neighbors 2' is a funny but ill-conceived retread 
    Updated: May-18-16 6:00 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Heaven help the next generation of American women if "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" represents what Hollywood thinks of them. In Nicholas Stoller's sequel to his 2014 "Neighbors," even the with-it girls - the ones too freethinking to join a cookie-cutter sorority - are so dumb they make the bros in the first movie look like elder statesmen. Smarts aren't the point, of course - the reason these freshmen strike out on their own, renting a house next to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, is that they hunger for their very own place to get stoned. But in their awkward attempt to shoehorn these kids into the first pic's formula, Stoller and his writing collaborators care far less about creating believable characters than getting to the next laugh.