Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
acoustic singing group
music in the Bible
being a good sport / good sportsmanship
|Featuring:||Anna Kendrick … Beca
Elizabeth Banks … Gail
Hailee Steinfeld … Emily
Rebel Wilson … Fat Amy
Brittany Snow … Chloe
Katey Sagal … Katherine
Alexis Knapp … Stacie
Anna Camp … Aubrey
Adam DeVine … Bumper Allen
Skylar Astin … Jesse
Gold Circle Films
“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
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.