‘Bad Neighbours 2’: What Exactly Is A Sorority House?

In Bad Neighbours 2, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a young couple whose quiet family life is threatened when the property next door becomes a sorority house. Most UK movie-goers will be familiar with sorority houses through films like The House Bunny, Legally Blonde and Scream 2, but we may not know exactly how they work. So with Bad Neighbours 2 hitting UK cinemas on May 6, here’s a five-part run-down.

1. They’re a girls-only affair

Sorority houses are for female students and fraternity houses (like the one led by Zac Efron in the original Bad Neighbours film) are for male students. The single-sex rule is enforced rigidly and creates a very different living environment to UK universities, where most students live in mixed halls of residence or flat-shares.

2. They’re kind of exclusive

Most sorority houses accept new members after a two-stage process of “rushing” (recruitment) and “pledging” (a probationary period that could last for several months). Prospective members will be “hazed” while they’re pledging with a series of tests, rituals and embarrassing challenges.

3. They’re kind of secretive

What happens in the sorority house stays in the sorority house – even when the hazing process gets messy.

4. Not everyone likes them

Though supporters reckon sorority houses encourage sisterhood and create life-long social bonds, critics say they’re anachronistic institutions which prevent social mobility. Many sorority houses are now modernising to combat accusations of elitism, but they’re in no danger of shutting their doors any time soon.

5. Their names usually consist of two or three Greek letters

For example, the sorority house led by Chloë Grace Moretz in Bad Neighbours 2 is called Kappa Nu. Don’t let the classy-sounding name deceive you…

Bad Neighbours 2 opens in UK cinemas on May 6. Book tickets here from May 4 onwards: www.BadNeighbours2Tickets.co.uk

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