Prayer Focus
Click here to watch THE HOPE on-line!
MOVIE REVIEW

Pitch Perfect 3 also known as “Pitch Perfect 3,” “A Escolha Perfeita 3,” “Auksta klase 3,” “Dando la nota 3,” “Ladíme 3,” “Lauluässad 3,” “Na putu do zvijezda 3,” “Nota perfectas 3,” “Tökéletes hang 3,” “Um Ritmo Perfeito 3,” «Идеальный голос 3»

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for crude and sexual content, language and some action.

Reviewed by: Francisco Gomez Jr.
CONTRIBUTOR

Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Young Adults • Adults
Genre:
Music Comedy Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 33 min.
Year of Release:
2017
USA Release:
December 22, 2017 (wide—3,468 theaters)
Copyright, Universal Pictures click photos to ENLARGE Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures
Relevant Issues
Copyright, Universal Pictures

Use of lewd and vulgar language—what does it indicate and what does it produce?

Sexual immorality

A female character in the film is depicted as being so impure and careless in her fornication that she is pregnant, unmarried, and ignorant of which sexual partner fathered her child

Sinfulness of men or women who commit fornication or adultery—It is a sin against God, the partner and ultimately many others.

SEXUAL LUST—Why does God strongly warn us about it? Answer

What is SEXUAL IMMORALITY? Answer

PURITY—Why should I save sex for marriage? Answer

TEMPTATIONS—How can I deal with temptations? Answer

How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer

CONSEQUENCES—What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer

Sex, Love and Relationships
Learn how to make your love the best it can be. Christian answers to questions about sex, marriage, sexual addictions, and more. Valuable resources for Christian couples, singles and pastors.
Right and wrong

Worldly attitudes about sex, vulgar and hurtful language and life decisions—compare to pursuing godly purity, true goodness, righteousness and true love

How can I know what is RIGHT and WRONG? Answer

How can I discern whether a particular activity is WRONG? Answer

What is SIN AND WICKEDNESS? Answer

Are we living in a MORAL STONE AGE? Answer


Sinful cruelty of publicly shaming people who are overweight.


Sinfulness of those men who hate or mistrust ALL women because of bad personal experiences, personal prejudice or contempt (misogyny)


True friends are those who are self-sacrificing and loving, not using them or abusing them


Sinful fathers who carelessly fail their children by being absent from their lives when they are needed.

.
Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures Copyright, Universal Pictures
Featuring: Anna KendrickBeca Mitchell
Rebel WilsonPatricia “Fat Amy” Hobart
Hailee SteinfeldEmily Junk—a senior student at Barden University and the current leader of the new Barden Bellas
Elizabeth BanksGail-Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger
John LithgowFergus Hobart, Fat Amy’s estranged criminal father
Ruby Rose … Calamity
Brittany Snow … Chloe Beale
Alexis Knapp … Stacie Conrad
Anna Camp … Aubrey Posen
Hana Mae Lee … Lilly Onakuramara
Kelley Jakle … Jessica Smith
Ester Dean … Cynthia-Rose Adams, a lesbian
Shelley Regner … Ashley Jones
Chrissie Fit … Florencia “Flo” Fuentes
Matt Lanter … Chicago
DJ Khaled … as himself
See all »
Director: Trish Sie—“Step Up All In” (2014)
Producer: Elizabeth Banks
Paul Brooks
See all »
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Films in this series:
Pitch Perfect” (2012)
Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)
Pitch Perfect 3” (2017)

Trish Sie directs “Pitch Perfect 3” as Anna Kendrick stars as Beca. The story follows the a capella group named the Bellas. The group consists of Amy (Rebel Wilson), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Aubrey (Anna Camp), Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), Cynthia (Ester Dean), Florencia (Chrissie Fit), Jessica (Kelley Jakle), Ashley (Shelley Regner), Stacie (Alexis Knapp), and Emily (Hailee Steinfeld). The story takes place several years after they graduated college, with the exception of Emily who is a senior. The group seizes the opportunity to perform together again on a USO musical tour. DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled
With other bands present, they vie to be picked by DJ Khaled as his opening act. Along the way, they encounter problems with Amy’s father, cause a bit of mischief, and sing a couple of songs. That is it. The uninhabited and sometimes unconnected story is the first problem.

“Pitch Perfect 3” has a surprisingly short run time of approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Occupying the time are musical numbers and a lean plot. The movie tries to give fans resolution on characters, but instead has the characters give us verbal exposition on their future and past. This plot device pervades the film’s entirety, to the point of self awareness. A character mentions “that was a lot of exposition” in one such scene. The rest of the story feels disconnected. There is an entirely unnecessary subplot in which two characters film a documentary on the Bellas. The trailer advertises Beca conflicted about being loyal to her friends or taking an opportunity of a lifetime. The inner conflict lasts about thirty seconds before Beca makes her decision, and the movie proceeds to focus on Amy’s relationship with her greedy father.

The humor does not reach the heights the filmmakers wanted. During what should have been laughs are awkward silences. Some editing is meant to be stylistic, but is more often disorienting. Cinematography is diffident. The movie attempts to do too many things, and never does any of them justice.

The film reaches its heights during musical numbers. The a capella singing by the Bellas is excellent. The most touching scene in the film comes from the swan song at the end.

Content for Concern

Some of the songs performed, such as “Cake By the Ocean” and “Love Me Harder,” are sexually suggestive. Someone briefly mentions that they are Gay. Lilly finally claims she can speak because “Satan has left her.” The Bellas’ outfits show cleavage more often than not.

The film fills the rest of the plot with very crude humor. In aiming for a PG-13 rating, it never delves into anything explicit, but it is riddled with sexual innuendos. A character claims they like to “keep it oral” when describing a capella. Amy shows interest in 2 male officers by asking about advancing to the different military “bases” with the men—1st base, 2nd base and 3rd. Amy mocks one of the bands, Evermoist, by joking that her grandmother is in a band called “Nevermoist.” A character pushes Beca into hiding by holding onto her breasts. The Bellas are delighted with having separate rooms at a hotel and not having to “sleep on top of one another.” A character goes on to clarify “not in a sexual way, except that one time.” A character claims he can see another character’s “panties” and exclaims “but who hasn’t?”

Amy makes multiple jokes about her weight. These are the most overt examples of crude humor.

Language: “b*tch” (4), “a**” (1), “sh*t” (2), “d*mn” (2), “h*ll,” “oh my G*d” (4), “scr*w,” “b*ttcrack,”“ b**bs,” “t*ts,” “n*ps,” “v*gina,” “p*nties,” “cr*p,” “b*lls,” “sl*tty”

Sensuality/Sexual Content/Nudity: Suggestive scene involving eating candy and licking the wrappers. Stacie admits she is unaware of who fathered her baby. Brief mention of “camel toe.” Extras shown in swimwear at a resort. A man needlessly bares his chest to fight.

Alcohol/Drug Use: The Bellas drink at a bar. Brief joke about drug trafficking through concealment in a child’s stuffed animal. There is alcohol present in every party scene. Characters occasionally drink.

Violence: Most of it comes in a scene where Amy fights with several of her father’s henchmen. She uses a spatula, frying pan, and fire extinguisher in combat. One of the henchmen wields a knife. Amy gives a man a “t*tty twister.” A fire ensues at a hotel penthouse as bee’s escape and sting several guests. No blood or gore is present and violence is typically comical.

Relevant Issues

Amy and Aubrey both have absentee fathers. Amy ran away from her father to get away from his criminal activities, and Aubrey’s father is always absent due to work commitments. The Bible teaches us that having a family is special and important. Having a family is a gift from God that should be cherished—and requires our commitment to true love.

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. —Psalm 127:3-5

Fatherhood cannot be taken lightly. It is a privilege granted by God, and our duty is to point those arrows in the right direction. We must rise to the task of taking responsibility for parenthood.

Stacy admits she does not know the father of her baby. Scripture warns us about the dangers of fornication and adultery. Sexual misconduct prevails in our society. Unfortunately, there are many children who grow up without a father. Often this is a product of fornication. God will is that parents be fully committed to their children and to each other.

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. -1 Corinthians 6:18

Sexual immorality is unique in the physical and emotional harm it can cause oneself and others. The consequences of sexual promiscuity can include STD’s, unintentional pregnancy, shame, betrayal and regret. However, shame and regret does not have to last forever. When our actions are impure, we have a God who offers purity through the sacrifice of his son Jesus. God offers forgiveness from our sins if we repent.

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow. —Isaiah 1:18

Have you accepted the free gift of salvation made available to you today?

Summary and Recommendation

Though the intention to give the Bellas a proper farewell is commendable, the execution of the film is not the best. The film lacks a sense of closure in the end, and the movie feels unnecessary. Due to its its crude humor, there would be little enjoyment for Christians. The convoluted plot and modest direction cannot be overcome by the excellent musical performances. Music is of particular importance in this genre, yet “Pitch Perfect 3” is a film that can be done without.

  • Violence: Moderate to Heavy
  • Profane language: Moderate
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Heavy
  • Nudity: Mild
  • Sexual comments and behavior: Heavy

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Comments below:
Positive
Positive—First things first, this was waaaaay better than the first and second one. It was cute, funny, entertaining, and sweet. Yeah, there was language, outfits with cleavage, and sexual references sprinkled here and there, but what do you expect from a typical PG-13 film today? I was actually surprised it was THIS clean, but still no complaints here.

I wouldn’t take my daughter to see this unless she was like 17 or older though, because I know some girls could see them as models to look up to and they aren’t the best examples. But if you’re looking for date night movie or girls night, I highly recommend it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Paulina, age 24 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—This movie was fun to see with a girlfriend. However, imo, it took the concept from silly to a tad ridiculous, but I love the riffing and the relationships amongst the Bellas. I would never consider allowing my children to see this movie. There were kids in the audience, and I found that sad. This movie is very crude. It is not for children; there’s tons of innuendo and crass language—more so than the other two, I think. Really it was almost constant. As an adult, I can roll my eyes and focus on the other aspects, but I would not encourage even adults to see this film unless you’ve seen the others, really enjoy the series and can move past that.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Doralyn, age 40 (USA)
Negative

none yet

PLEASE share your observations and insights to be posted here.

Secular Movie Critics
…what started out as a charmingly offbeat comic premise has inevitably degenerated into the sort of crass commercialism that probably would make the Bellas themselves turn up their noses. …
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…The new film doesn’t add anything revolutionary to the Pitch Perfect formula. It still sounds like we’re in middle-period Glee written by someone who finds Ryan Murphy too solemn. But as directed by Trish Sie, the movie is bubbly, it’s fast, it’s hella synthetic-clever, and it’s an avid showcase for the personalities of its stars. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…The final pitch is a big miss. …Finale of series will be a big disappointment to fans who loved the brash and edgy comedy of the first two films. …[1½/4]
Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star Newspapers
…empty money grab… not only fails to continue the complex conversation begun by its predecessors about both the power of women’s collective voices and the ways in which the world tries to silence them, but it doubles down on genre conventions that the franchise had previously been so adept at avoiding… [1½/4]
Richard Scott Lawson, Slant
…disappoints…
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
…keeps the songs but loses the plot…
Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
…we really didn’t need a second “Pitch Perfect” movie, much less a third one…
Christy Lemire, Associated Press Movie Critic
…Why is “Pitch Perfect 3” basically a 90-minute ad for DJ Khaled?…
Emily Yahr, Washington Post
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—These “Pitch Perfect” movies have never appealed to me. I’m only commenting on this because an actress that I like is one of the Producers, Elizabeth Banks—she is a brilliant actress, but as a person I don’t know. I’ve seen her Twitter feed in the past, and she proudly swears/curses; I’m hoping that she is just being fake with that, but maybe that is who she actually is and that would make sense with all the apparent vulgar dialogue in this flick, if the writers, director and other producers love to swear in real life then what do we expect?!

I don’t even know if these “Pitch Perfect” films are parodies of “American Idol” or simply just some weird musical out-there comedies, they’re uninteresting, in my opinion; I know that much!
—Nadine, age 34 (United Kingdom)