Pitch Perfect 2 Review

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The pitches are back in the highly anticipated sequel to Pitch Perfect, and the movie does not disappoint. Pitch Perfect 2 follows the Barden Bellas a cappella group in their senior year. After publicly embarrassing themselves at a show put on for the president, the Bellas are suspended. To be reinstated, they must win the international competition, and beat the German group Das Sound Machine.

Thus begins the Bellas’ adventure. From taking on talented newcomer Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), to participating in a sing-off with the German group, the Treblemakers and the Green Bay Packers, the film’s music is rocking the whole time. The tunes are fun, the choreography is stellar and the musical numbers have the whole theater singing along.

My only complaint with Pitch Perfect 2 is that it ran a little long and had too many side plots. Between Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and her budding relationship with Bumper (Adam DeVine), Emily and her admirer Benji (Ben Platt) and Beca’s (Anna Kendrick) new internship, the plot gets a bit convoluted. Numerous times I thought to myself, “How long is this movie?”

Still, I was laughing the whole time. Pitch Perfect 2 is just as funny as the first, and the whole theater was laughing out loud. Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) delivers her quiet, weird lines in perfect timing, Fat Amy is just as bold as ever and Emily is that awkward freshman who just wants to be part of the group. In addition, the a capella competition announcers, played by Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins, provide a witty banter and make the audience cringe with their rude remarks that they mean to be funny.

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