After a humiliating commando 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.
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
In the scene where the Bellas are going through their hate mail, Fat Amy holds up a message that uses letters cut out of magazines signed by "Sonia Sotomayor." Sonia Sotomayor (at the time of the film's release) is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. See more »
According to the dean, all of the members of the Bellas are all seniors, meaning that despite being 3x defending national champions, the Bellas have added exactly zero new Bellas in the preceding 3 years and there'd be no one left remaining in the group when everyone graduates. See more »
You know, one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't do enough experimenting in college.
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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 »
Same old Tune, but hey, what's not to like in a song that puts you in a LSS mode?
Pitch Perfect 2, strikes as a mere encore of a sold out performance. The effort is focused on reprising its previous success, rather than delivering something new, fresh, and original. Such retread tends to bore audience, but it works out well in favor of this film.
The story picks up three years after the events in the first installment. Bellas have already won three national titles, and now they're singing with the American president in the audience. This should should propel the group toward a bigger success, only it never happens. Because in the end, when a major wardrobe malfunction involving Fat Amy suddenly cleaves into the occasion, their career meets an abrupt shut off. Gravely humiliated, their only shot at redemption, rests on winning the world championships. This pits them against the brutally talented and ruthlessly mean German Group, Das Sound Machine. This load is more than enough for them to bear, but to make it even worse, Beca (Kendrick) is pulled away from the group by competing priorities, most striking is when an internship for a record label comes into view.
The sequel's efforts to make everything simple is evident as it fixes its spotlight on the same spots that made the first film both fun and moving. Pitch Perfect 2 is both mean and sweet as the first outing, and here, both attributes again are well-mixed and given with equal level of importance. From time to time, it throws double-meaning jokes, which may be mostly offensive, but it also places the emotional weight of the narrative on the other side of the bar, to keep the balance, and to make everything with brow-arching tendency, tolerable. The script is also smart to allow key characters to shine. Most notably, the sequel sheds more light on the franchise's probably goofiest character, Fat Amy, allowing her deliver a big part of the comic efforts of the movie. Strong supports like the mean commentators, Gail and John, can't be dismissed too, and those in German group, with their often display of ruthlessness and authority, that would rather send you to laughing, than shrugging. Where it's most emotional, Beca (Kendrick), is at its center. Anna Kendrick's character keeps the group altogether, and while she is torn between rival commitments and her personal issues, she once again manages to keep Bellas' morale intact. This doesn't make the movie more emotionally complex than it should be, but it's also good to get bits of drama and inspiration, when all you feel is exploding to endless laughter and brittle chuckles.
At some points, there is a sense of wanting for everything to be stronger. There are efforts to tell more with expositions that come into view here and there, but I'll be honest to tell that seldom do these subplots feel necessary, or properly presented. In the end, what makes this sequel equally a stand out, is a convincing power of women empowerment. Amidst of all its efforts to entertain and ignite bursts of laughter, there's a message here, and it imparts a thing or two about equality.
There's still a lot to negatively comment about PITCH PERFECT 2, I mean I get it, we all get it. Nothing is perfect, and certainly, this sequel is without flaw. PITCH PERFECT 2 may be singing the same tunes, but what is not to like in a song that puts you in an LSS mode? What sense does babbling about its shortcoming make, when we'll all end up humming the same songs they've sung in the movie, anyway?
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