Movie: Pitch Perfect 2
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: The Bellas from Barden University are on a roll, having won three consecutive collegiate championships for a cappella singing. On a national tour singing to rave reviews, they arrive in Washington DC to perform for the president and first lady. All is going well until Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) swings into a song number on a silk sheet, rips her leotards wide open exposing her…er, whatever, and soon newspaper headlines blare out a new national scandal: MUFFGATE!
The Barden Bellas are disgraced, a national laughingstock, and told by their university dean that they will not be eligible to compete for another national championship. But Beca (Anna Kendrick), reading the fine print of their suspension notification, realizes that the Bellas have not been disqualified from representing the United States at the upcoming world a cappella championships. Desperate to grasp at this last straw to redeem themselves as a group, the Bellas resolve to travel to Copenhagen to win the competition. To accomplish their goal, the women realize they must find a way to bond together and rediscover the sound that made them great. Part of the answer lies with finding new talent for their group, which arrives in the person of Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), an eager freshman who’s mother was a founding member of the Bellas.
To get ready for the world championships the Bellas take on a pack of groups at a riff-off, singing against the Treblemakers, the Green Bay Packers, the Tone Hangers, Pentatonix, and the Filharmonic. But the real obstacle on their path to redemption are the reigning world champions, Das Sound Machine, led by two very smug and arrogant Germanic types named Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) and Pieter Kramer (Flula Borg).
It is always difficult to recreate the magic of a monster hit of a film. Some folks may not like this as well as the original, but it is still a rousing fun ride. Pay attention to the two singing competition analysts, John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks). Their quick banter is chock full of hilarious zingers and sly innuendos. Fun stuff – go see it!
Dialogue Nuggets: John – “What an inspiration to girls all over the country who are too ugly to be cheerleaders!”
Minority Bella – “This is the biggest crisis we’ve ever faced. When I was a girl my brother tried to sell me for a chicken.”
John – “You’re just women, and you’ll all be pregnant soon.”
Fat Amy – “We need to scout these Deutsch Bags!”
Kommissar – “You are tiny. I need to go rest my neck. It is tired from looking down at you.”
John – “No one cares about the Korean group. Love that Bar-B-Q!”
Gail – “The Bellas have touched everyone. They have touched me!” John – “Well, everyone has touched you, Gail.”