Stars: Anna Kendrick / Rebel Wilson / Hailee Steinfeld /
Release Date: 2015-05-07
Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films, Brownstone Productions,
Director: Elizabeth Banks, Scott Peterson,
Pitch Perfect 2 Summary
The Bellas are back, and they are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name, and regain their status, the Bellas take on a seemingly impossible task: winning an international competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic! With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bellas can hopefully accomplish their dreams.
What felt like winking cheekiness in the first movie can come across now more like clumsy provocation.
The music is better and the comedy is worse.
It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
Anna Kendrick's Beca, a mash-up maestro, spends the movie looking like she'd rather scale a fish than scale her vocals. (Maybe because Kendrick is nearly 30, and she's still playing a college student?)
Ethnic clich�s abound, college comes off as a free sleepaway camp, and the simple wonders of unaccompanied singing are inflated to Las Vegas-style bombast.