IHGB Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

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Pitch Perfect 2

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks
The Trailer:

The Gist:
The Barden Bellas are back people. Grab your Madonna mic and prepare for a global riff off.


My Thoughts:

  1. Anna Kendrick is my spirit animal. I love her.
  2. Rebel Wilson is HILARIOUS. Her interactions with Bumper are highly entertaining.
  3. Yes, there is another riff off, and YES, it is almost as life-changing as the first.
  4. German people are sometimes hard to understand when they are singing with such heavy accents.
  5. The main German dude looks good in mesh. His real name is Flula Borg. This makes me happy on so many levels.
  6. What do you get when you mix Snoop Dogg and Christmas carols? You get magic. Pure magic.
  7. Critics are saying that the song “Flashlight” is the new “Cups.” I disagree.
  8. Prepare yourself for very little Treblemakers screen time. This was one of the most disappointing realities of the movie for me. Jessie and Benji are barely featured.
  9. There’s a new girl named Emily (played by Hayley Stanfield) who is the new Beca. She’s lovely, but I’m not sure she could carry a franchise by herself, should Elizabeth Banks choose to make Pitch Perfect 3.
  10. I highly doubt Elizabeth Banks would dare make a trilogy without Anna and Rebel.
  11. There’s another new girl named Flo who is ridiculously funny. Sadly, every single one of her jokes falls under racial stereotyping. I’m not sure why this surprised me so much. The entire supporting cast wrestles with the same dialog. There’s the gay girl, the fat girl, the trampy girl, the dumb girl and the quiet Asian. With that said, there’s a palpable “girl power” feel to the unity of the group that makes me forget the labels. I want the Bellas to succeed both as a group and individually.
  12. That girl power vibe probably has little to do with the iconic Beyonce anthem “Run the World (Girls)” intro to the Bellas’ set at the world showcase finale. Please read that sentence sarcastically.
  13. I have four words for you: Green Bay Packers singing. That should have you running to secure your ticket right now.

Survey Says
:
Manage your expectations. It’s just shy of being as great as the original, but you will enjoy yourself immensely. You’ll appreciate the story, maybe a little more than the music. But let’s face it—you’ll download at least six of the 18 available songs. Then you’ll realize that it will only cost you a few more bucks just to go ahead and buy the entire album. And it will grow on you like moss on a wet rock.

Clearly I speak from experience.

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Amanda B
Amanda B

Barely any Jesse? Wha????
Thank you for saying “manage your expectations” that is always my downfall.

Carrie
Carrie

We saw it at the drive-in and loved it!

Babs
Babs

Thanks for the review! I loved the first movie and have been waiting on this one since I heard it was being made. Glad to hear it will be worth the wait.

Erin
Erin

I laughed so hard. It was aca-awesome

Rob n Trish
Rob n Trish

Stay through the credits!

Barrett
Barrett

How was the language? And the overall inappropriateness?

Jackie
Jackie

I saw it on Saturday and I completely agree with what you have written here. As per usual 😉

KC
KC

I LOVED #1 but just LIKED #2. I agree the music is catchy and I did just buy the whole album on iTunes (it was only $9.99 – a bargain). Movies like this make me glad I have a 14 year old daughter – so I brought her and 4 of her friends. I enjoyed it as much as them (Oh who am I kidding? I enjoyed it more!). But Barrett – it’s rated PG13 and I agree with the rating – I even thought it was a bit raunchy in parts for my 14 year old (who is a bit sheltered). But it’s Elizabeth Banks – that is totally her humor. Girl Power for sure!!!!

sam
sam

While I love Anna Kendrick, I just didn’t feel her in the sequel. Loved all the cameos they had but for me the best part about this move was the Packers.

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