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Pitch Perfect 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for innuendo and language.

Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
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Primary Audience:
Adults Teens
Genre:
Music Comedy Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 55 min.
Year of Release:
2015
USA Release:
May 15, 2015 (wide—3,400+ theaters)
DVD: September 22, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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acoustic singing group

a cappella

harmony

songs

music in the Bible

being a good sport / good sportsmanship

Featuring: Anna KendrickBeca
Elizabeth BanksGail
Hailee SteinfeldEmily
Rebel Wilson … Fat Amy
Brittany Snow … Chloe
Katey Sagal … Katherine
Alexis Knapp … Stacie
Anna Camp … Aubrey
Adam DeVine … Bumper Allen
Skylar Astin … Jesse
more »
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Producer: Brownstone Productions
Gold Circle Films
Universal Pictures
Distributor: Universal Pictures

“Rediscover your voice”

Prequel: “Pitch Perfect” (2012)

This sequel follows the Barton Bellas three years later, they are now starting their senior year. The Bellas have won the collegiate finals for the past 3 years, and because of their acca-excellence they get the opportunity to perform for the POTUS. During the performance, they experience a wardrobe malfunction, and the subsequent backlash causes the Bellas to lose the title—being replaced by Da Sound Machine, current World Accapella Champions. The Bellas, in a attempt to maintain their legacy, make a deal. If they win world’s, the school will reinstate the team. The Bellas leader Beach, thinking about life after college, takes on an internship without telling her fellow acca-people. We now meet Emily on her first day of college, Emily’s mother was a Bella back in the day, which makes Emily a legacy and anxious to join the Bellas. This is the setup for the sequel.

Let’s start with the plot: formulaic, a play by play of its predecessor. The songs are acca-mazing, especially from the DES; I found myself clapping after a few of the songs. The acting is underwhelming, but for a movie about singing it doesn’t need to rely on acting, but it couldn’t have hurt.

Now the questionable and objectionable content, there is some. The underlying mantra is not about a capella. There is a lot homosexuality glorification, crude jokes and other references that I found very distracting from the music and subpar. The wardrobe malfunction leads to crass humor and off-color remarks. As for language, there are OMGs, damn (3), hell (2), a** (2), s-words (3), and some vulgar words for private parts and sex. The removal of all of these things would have made a better, more cohesive movie. It felt as if they added this objectionable content as an afterthought to serve a specific narrative.

As for biblical aspect, there is not much to be drawn from the shallow water of this film. The message of this film is not a biblical one, but one of a fallen world. We as Christians, must use discernment with these messages, and use the word of God as a filter through which everything must run through.

As for a recommendation, I enjoyed the music, and the plot, although predictable it was satisfactory. If you are a fan of the first film, you will like this one.

Violence: Mild / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate to heavy

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—The movie really displayed good sportsmanship and is great for ages 10+
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Joe Hailt, age 34 (USA)
Positive—After careful consideration and A LOT of thought, I took my 12 year old sister to see this movie over the summer, and, I gotta say, we both LOVED IT; so I would recommend it to ALMOST anyone old enough to understand the plot and find the humor funny—good girls’ day out movie or father-daughter or bro and sis movie. Just SEE IT NOW. Some things I still smile at today thinking about them. Oh yea, NOTE TO STRICT PARENTS: IT’S PG-13 FOR A REASON, don’t expect language or sex to be non existent “though there is not much at all in the movie and you should be fine. I say GO SEE IT. P.S.—I am 25 and a man, so it does appeal to both sexes.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Chris, age 25 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—This movie promotes homosexuality and gay marriage. Gay black woman, getting hitch after graduation… pushing gay marriage. Barack, Mitchell: Gay marriage pushers Robin Williams, Rosie. Rated PG-13: Young people in America should not be exposed to the vulgar language and ideals of this movie… dangerous and destructive
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Judith, age 46 (USA)
Negative
Negative—Awful. Racist. Boring. Predictable. Lame jokes. No redeeming value.
My Ratings: Moral rating: / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Mo green, age 30 (USA)
Negative—I was expecting this movie would gonna blow my inner music just like the “Pitch Perfect” 1, but sadly it didn’t pass on my expectations. The whole film is too lame (sorry for my words) I know they tried to get the emotions of sisterhood bellas to come out and the future ahead after graduation, but HELLO do they have to be racist, and I didn’t even have a last song syndrome. Luckily, I didn’t watch it on the big screen, coz it would just gonna be waste of my money and time for me
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Misaki, age 22 (Canada)

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