Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Flula Borg, Ester Dean, Elizabeth Banks, Chrissie Fit
Directed By: Elizabeth Banks
Written By: Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 55 min
Everybody’s back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Ready to have some fun, shake a tail feather, and make sweet harmonies. This time around, the gang take on the world to prove they’re not just your average incredibly ‘a ca-talanted’ multi-award winning a capella group. Wait, what?
They’re hardly the underdogs, right? And that’s despite the opening performance, ‘upping the ante’ embarrassing moment (remember the vomit?) courtesy of down under’s Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) – down under exposé! But whatever. It’s not like this film is designed to further women’s rights, or inspire young kids to work hard for the things they want in life. This is about assembling a thin enough plot to support some nice character moments, maybe a little romance, and most definitely a lot of great musical performances.
In that last regard, Pitch Perfect 2 hits all the right notes (sorry, couldn’t resist), and once again each performance is fun to watch and great to listen too. Most of the original cast are back, and some new faces expand the multicultural melting pot of singers, with Guatemalan, Flo (Chrissie Fit) getting the best lines of dialog as she reminds us all to stop whining about our first-world problems.
“When I was 9 years old, my brother tried to sell me.”
Is this as good as the first? No, not really, but it’s close. The musical performances are arguably a step up from the original, but the romance angles either never really get started, or are just flat-out awkward and borderline annoying – I’m looking at you Fat Amy and Bumper (Adam DeVine). I also found some interactions between characters a little jarring too – weirdly aggressive and occasionally mean-spirited.
If you loved the first Pitch Perfect, I think you’ll enjoy the sequel. Expect more of the same thin plotting, and nice character moments. This movie is rated PG-13 for some mild language issues.
A theater visit would make the most out of the great musical performances, but a HD screening at home with fans of the first film in front of a nice big TV will work too. This isn’t really the kind of film you watch by yourself on a portable screen.
As before, some of the funniest moments come from the commentary by John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks).
John: This could be the most significant conflict between America and Germany in history!
Gail: …Crack a book, John.