Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
Acoustic singing group
About music in the Bible
Being a good sport / good sportsmanship
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
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Gold Circle Films
“Rediscover your voice”
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.