After a humiliating command performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for his school's star soccer player, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.
The Bellas are back, and they are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name and regain their status, the Bellas take on a seemingly impossible task: winning an International competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic! With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bellas can hopefully accomplish their dreams once again.Written by
Flula Borg, who plays Pieter Krämer, co-leader of the German a cappella group, has a successful YouTube channel with over 700,000 subscribers. See more »
Das Sound Machine perform Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" during the "90's Hip Hop Jamz" battle with the Bellas. Although this song was released December 28, 1989, "Poison" rose from number fifty-two to number thirty-eight in the week of April 14, 1990 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and eventually peaked at number three for four consecutive weeks, beginning on June 9, 1990. The single also peaked at number one on the Hot Black Singles chart for two weeks. It became one of the most successful singles of 1990 and was a staple on MTV and mainstream radio in the summer of 1990, spending ten weeks in the Top 10. The single peaked at number seven on the dance charts. It was certified platinum by the RIAA on June 1, 1990 for sales of over one million copies. See more »
During the credits there is a sequence showing Bumper performing "All of Me" on "The Voice". All four mentors spin their chairs and Bumper ultimately chooses Christina Aguilera, a selection she soon regrets. See more »
Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite films from the last 5 years, but I had low expectations for its second part due to the replacement of the original director (Jason Moore) for Elizabeth Banks, making her debut. Even though I have always liked Banks' work as an actress, the transition from actor to director is generally uncertain... and even more in a sequel which will unavoidably be compared to the excellent original film. With that in mind, Pitch Perfect 2 ended up being better than I expected, but very inferior to its predecessor due to its lack of a precise and efficient dramatic structure. Pitch Perfect had fully focused into the main character's emotional evolution, guided by her discovery of the a cappella world, the interaction with her new friends and a romance. On the opposite, Pitch Perfect 2 doesn't have a defined point... or better said, it has too many. Whatever the way it is, the screenplay rarely reaches an organic and concise flow; the multiple narrative slopes get agglomerated without too much harmony, arbitrarily moving from one sub-plot to the other one without establishing a main subject, and neglecting the characters development. Fortunately, there are enough pros in Pitch Perfect 2 in order to have a good time with it, such as the incisive humor employed by screenwriter Kay Cannon, who brings multiple jokes or details to every scene which generate laughs... or at least, a sincere smile. The actresses take the maximum advantage of those humorous moments while having a perfect chemistry with each other. Banks made a decent work as a director; her visual style is clean and functional, with occasional ornaments which enrich the experience without distracting the audience's attention. However, she was victim of an excessive indulgence which avoided her from recognizing the unnecessary "filler"... that's a common mistake in rookie directors. Nevertheless, that "problem" ends up being simultaneously a pro and a con. Pitch Perfect 2 is full of scenes and situations I enjoyed and made me laugh; but if we evaluate them rationally, they are totally unnecessary. In order to avoid spoilers, I will just mention two examples: the scene of the "private party" doesn't have any relevance to the story, but it includes some good cameos, various contagious musical numbers and various samples of Cannon's previously mentioned humor. Another example: Hailee Steinfeld plays Emily Junk, the "new one" in the group who should work as a catalyst or key element of the story; but her contributions don't seem particularly important. However, Steinfeld displays credibility, quite a charisma and a refreshing energy in her performance. So, in summary, there's too much filler in Pitch Perfect 2 obstructing the story... but that filler ended up being among the things I appreciated the most in this film. So, I think I can give a moderate recommendation to Pitch Perfect 2 as a decent comedy with energetic and attractive musical numbers. In summary: a not completely satisfactory, but entertaining sequel, and I will be expecting the third film with interest.
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