Pitch Perfect 2: Rated “PG-13“ (1 hour 55 minutes)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
In this very funny sequel to the 2012 musical comedy the film starts out with the Barden Bellas, the a cappella co-ed singers from Barden University, performing at the Kennedy center where President and Mrs. Obama are in attendance. The performance starts out well, when Fat Amy (Wilson) descends from the Ceiling hanging from a silk sheet singing Miley Cyrus‘ hit song, Wrecking Ball, when she suddenly tips upside-down, causing her outfit to rip in the most inopportune of places. The she proceeds to spin around; giving the crowd a great view of “down under” and (as can be expected) causing all sorts of embarrassment and reprimands for the group.
Needless to say, the school sanctions the Bellas, suspending their tour, and banning them from recruiting any new singers. Fortunately for the girls, they still have just one shot of regaining their stature and title, is that they are still able to compete in A Capella World Tournament. They girls are able to wrangle a promise from the University that if they should succeed in winning the event they will be re-instated. This “promise” causes A Capella commentators John John Smith and Gail (John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks) to laugh hysterically as no U.S. team has ever won that competition.
Now the girls need to up the ante on their game and prove that they can redeem themselves, meanwhile in addition to still being in competition with their school arch-rivals, the Treblemakers, they now have to contend with the highly-rated German A Capella group (that has taken over the rest of the Bella’s tour) Das Sound Machine. The leaders of Das Sound Machine Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) and Pieter Krämer (Flula Borg) are typically German and arrogant and continutally put the Bellas down (and apparently sexually confuse Beca (Kendrick). Meanwhile Becca has taken a job at a recording studio and hasn’t told the rest of the group, so winds up sneaking around behind their collective backs.
As with the previous film, the film is a saccharin-sweet, fun, fluff films that you simply can’t help yourself enjoying, so you should simply check it out and, well, enjoy yourself.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.