Pitch Perfect 2: The pitches are back? Aca-believe it!
They’re back, Pitches! Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Ben Platt and the rest of the gang reprise their roles in this Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel to 2012’s smash hit “Pitch Perfect.”
It’s been three years since the Bellas won Nationals, and Beca Mitchell (Kendrick) now rules the Bellas with the easy confidence born of being the best.
Unfortunately, a disastrous wardrobe mishap by Fat Amy (Wilson) at President Obama’s birthday gala brings a crashing end to all that glory, with the Bellas ultimately suspended from performing a capella.
When Beca makes a substantial deal with John Smith (John Michael Higgins) and Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger (Elizabeth Banks), the two main a capella competition commentators, the Bellas must rediscover their sound before it’s too late, in order to best the daunting German competition Das Sound Machine (led by Flula Borg and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) and sweep the Worlds A Capella Tournament.
Meanwhile, Beca struggles to hide a promising recording studio internship from the Bellas with Jesse’s (Astin) encouragement, Fat Amy and Bumper (Devine) endeavor to suss out where they stand romantically and freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfield) battles her own problems, attempting to find her place in the group (and perhaps even find romance with Benji Applebaum [Platt]).
Bonus: Watch out for cameos from famous a capella groups at the Worlds Tournament, including Pentatonix, The Filharmonic and Penn Masala.
While “Pitch Perfect 2” only garnered middling ratings on IMDb (6.6/10) and Rotten Tomatoes (67 percent), it still manages to be a rocking good time. Despite the plot, pacing and characterization being a bit on the light side, there are still scenes that will make you thoroughly sympathize with the characters’ plights, however absurd they happen to become.
As The New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott writes, “If this is what musical comedy looks like on film today, that’s OK, too: The music is catchy and the jokes connect, even when they’re easy.”
Besides, before you start worrying that this is the end, you should know that “Pitch Perfect 3” has already been green-lit by Universal Pictures for a July 21, 2017 release date. Better start practicing your harmonies now, Tigers, because the third movie is sure to be Bella-issima.
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