‘Pitch Perfect 2′ is obviously a sequel to ”Pitch Perfect 1’ but even if you haven’t seen the first one, it won’t stop you from laughing out loud and enjoying every second of this one. When the film opens the Barden College, Bellas, an all female a capella group and winner of three national titles, are on stage at New York City’s Lincoln Center performing for President and Michelle Obama, who we see in cutaways. It’s the President’s birthday and the Bellas have gone all out. As they sing ‘Wrecking Ball’, one of their members, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) holding onto a long rope, flies high above the stage. (Think really bad Cirque du Soleil) Seems Fat Amy is not quite adept at acrobatic moves. In fact, she’s awful. Not only does she fumble a maneuver, but her latex outfit splits open, revealing her downstairs lady part in front of the whole audience. The fake reaction of Obama and Michelle is priceless.
Fat Amy’s mishap, is the beginning of the end for the Bellas. They are they blasted in social media, suspended from their tour as well, and prohibited from entering any future competitions by the cappella’s ruling body, headed by co-presidents Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and over the top politically incorrect, hysterically funny, John (John Michael Higgins) However, they are given an out…An impossible one of course. If the Bellas win a major global competition held in Copenhagen, they will be reinstated. . Only problem is, no American group has EVER won. But that doesn’t discourage our girls. They are determined to kill it. Everyone is totally focused on winning, except their leader Beca (Anna Kendrick) who has other things on her mind, i.e. her future after she graduates. Beca has always dreamed of becoming a music producer, so without telling her fellow Bellas, she takes an internship with a famous record producer, (Keegan-Michael Key)creating a rift with the other girls. Unfortunately that’s not the only obstacle the Bellas have to overcome. They aren’t allowed to recruit any new members. Luckily that doesn’t apply to legacies and that’s exactly who, Emily (Hailee Steinfield) is. Emily’s mom (Katey Sagal) was a Bella some 30 years ago, so she can automatically become a Bella.. Emily though, wants to write her own songs which is a big no-no, since capella singers only perform covers.
‘Pitch Perfect 2’ directed by Elizabeth Banks has definitely taken the franchise up a few notches. The whole cast is back, including Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean Shelly Regner and Kelley Jakle. We also have some new members. One of the funniest is Flo (Chrissie Fit) who’s constantly making references to her horrible life back in Central America where she grew up. The guys, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine and Ben Platt are have returned, but they take a backseat to the ladies, because the film is ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS.
Speaking of the girls, one of the funniest bits is between Beca and Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) the head of the German a cappella group, DAS SOUND MACHINE, who are the front runners in the Copenhagen competition and the ones who have replaced the Bellas on tour. For some reason,. Beca can’t stop complimenting the super arrogant Kommissar’s on her hot body, stunning face, her height, beautiful blond hair, even her sweat which Becca says smells like cinnamon.
‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is not just about great music, dancing and singing which there’s plenty of. It’s also a film about friendship, girl bonding, and facing your future. From the beginning to the end, I didn’t stop smiling. For that reason, I gave ‘Pitch Perfect 2’, which opens in theatres Friday, April 15, 2015. five bagels out of five. Don’t miss it. Check out The Two Jews On Film video for more of my thoughts and to meet my adorable guest host.