Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Directed by Elizabeth Banks
Hana Mae Lee
John Michael Higgins
Running time: 115 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
Movies like this aren’t really my type of thing, although I did think the first Pitch Perfect wasn’t too bad (review HERE – I gave it 7/10). I haven’t really liked many silly, cheesy comedies since the Eighties and find the ones aimed at teens/twentysomethings especially obnoxious these days. Plus I absolutely HATE things like Glee! I’m a big music fan & having to hear really good songs get mutilated & turned to shit always annoys me. Oh – they’ve done a song by A Tribe Called Quest in Pitch Perfect 2? Okay – I guess that makes Pitch Perfect really cool! (No, it doesn’t. I’m being a smart ass. Maybe not obvious in text). 😉
I’m doing it again! I’m making it sound like I hated a movie when I didn’t! Pitch Perfect 2 is okay. If you liked the first one, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll like the second one. I mean, it’s the exact same film again (but with a weaker overall story). We have all the same characters again (with the addition of Hailee Steinfeld, who really added nothing to the movie & was only there to make sense of the final “twist” of sorts). Rebel Wilson is as Rebel Wilsony as always (she’s just as “love her or hate her” as Melissa McCarthy, although I’d have to say I maybe prefer her slightly to McCarthy but I sure as shit don’t love either of them). I was very happy that the crazy, quiet girl was in this again (Lilly) as she was my favorite thing from the first film. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get as many funny lines as in the first one and there’s no big “puke angel” moment (which I actually found hilarious although I did appreciate the lack of puke in Part 2).
I think the most unfortunate thing about this film is that they seemed to not know what to do with Anna Kendrick’s character. She was by far the main star of the first movie so they tried to give her a “main character” storyline in this one but it felt really fake & forced. It just didn’t work – her character’s story (although cliché & predictable) was far more interesting in the first one. I found I “cared” about the characters much less in the sequel. These movies feel a lot like the 21 & 22 Jump Street movies to me. The first movie is the superior film with the much better story while the second one ramps up the humor and is actually more funny but is the weaker film as it just does the same thing again but not quite as well. I do like the Pitch Perfects a little more than the Jump Streets, though. It could be because I’m a girl who does still enjoy a girly popcorn movie when I’m in the right mood but I think, as the Pitch Perfects are more “female aimed”, they get a little less credit for being funny. Women can’t be funny, right?! Bullshit! Yes we can and things like Bridesmaids have proven that we can be just as disgustingly vulgar as men (although I’m not a fan of that film in the same way I’m not a fan of shit like The Hangover – I see the “girl” movie as being the superior one between those two, though). I did get a few chuckles out of both Pitch Perfects, which is rare for me. I especially like the un-PC jokes they’re able to get away with & loved the way Elizabeth Bank’s character laughed at the thought of Americans winning an international competition since everyone “hates us” (sorry – being an American living outside America I can confirm how true this is!).
Speaking of Elizabeth Banks, I’m a fan of hers although I know she’d make some people’s Annoying Actresses lists. I’m not sure why some people don’t like her as I find her funny in her comedy roles but also think she does a decent job in other sorts of roles (she’s very good in the Hunger Games films). Anyway, I’m glad she’s had success directing this film & think she’s done a fine job here. The film does what it needs to do. It’s not exactly groundbreaking but it’ll certainly keep fans of the first film happy. Good job, Elizabeth Banks, and hooray for female directors!
Pitch Perfect 2 is really just Pitch Perfect 1 with less puking. What sequel tops the original, though? (Don’t answer that – I know some have). The story is weaker but the jokes are slightly more funny. If you loved the first one, you’ll love the second one but I think you’d have to watch the first one before seeing this to be able to buy into the characters as they’re far more developed in the first film. I wouldn’t say that you’d have to rush out to the cinema to see this but that’s probably just me as everyone clearly DID rush out to see this as it apparently beat the far superior Mad Max: Fury Road at the box office in America. Seriously?! This is why other countries hate us! Lol. Anyway, I did like this just fine although I’d have been just as happy watching it at home in my Snoopy pajamas. I know I sounded negative but I’m probably just trying to make excuses for my liking these movies okay as they’re not normally my type of thing. When did I become such a snob? They’re fun movies even if the cheesy singing does get in the way a bit.
My Rating: 6/10
For all the young people who watch Pitch Perfect 2:
and u say I have weird taste in movies??? 🙂
Says the guy who liked Bridesmaids… 😉 lol
Cmon. Wilson-philips!!!!! Whats not to love 😉
Lol! Exactly. 😉
Great review! I enjoyed this more than you (but hey I loved the first too so I was bound to) but you’re absolutely spot on with Anna Kendrick’s character this time around, and worded it better than I ever could.
Thanks! 🙂 Yeah… I just really didn’t care about her story this time around. They wrote a much better story for her in the first one! I did enjoy this considering I know it’s not really my sort of thing… 🙂
The level of disinterest I have in this is incalculable. Although I’m physically attracted to Elizabeth Banks, but not to Anna Kendrick’s weird mouth.
This is NOT a Brian movie. 😉 I like Elizabeth Banks. I figure she’s the celebrity I look most like in some weird parallel universe where I’m actually attractive. I almost mentioned Anna Kendrick’s weird mouth/chin thing again but I address that too often in reviews of movies she’s been in so didn’t want to appear bitchy. But, seriously – that chin looks really odd in that picture I used where all the girls are lying down in a tent together… Lol. *meow*
Wroaw, wroaw like a dungeon dragon 😉
As for the movie I agree it was the exact same movie as the first one, only not as good. Plus the rival team actually was much better. It has some funny moments, but overall it is pretty forgettable.
Yeah… I know I won’t remember much of this one in a year. If you mean the German team were better, I agree! They actually should have won – their performance was better. 🙂
I’ll watch this when it comes out for free – I thought the first one was good although I am starting to abhor Rebel Wilson…
Wait. What?! You liked Pitch Perfect?!?! That movie is SO un-Eric!!!! Lol. You’ve blown my mind…. 😉 #pukeangel
I did : ) I also liked that Hunger Games movie : )
Well, that’s a little more understandable – there’s loads of killing in those. 😉 #violence
HAHAHAHA! I crack myself up!
In Eric’s defense. I’m calling The first one, the Anna Kendrick Cleavage show. She wears a lot of outfits that fit her very well
Ha, Vern! Does Anna Kendrick actually have cleavage? I can’t tell – I’m too distracted by her chin…. 🙂
For a comedy I have one test- did it make me laugh? This did so I liked it. It’s not as good as the first but you are right its the same movie. It’s basically the Mighty Ducks 2 version of the story. Instead of national championships you go international. I thought the Anna Kendrick stuff with her boss and the internship was really funny and nice to see someone thinking outside the group. I loved the acapella showdown in the middle and the music I thought was solid (I’m an acapella fan).
Yeah – it did make me laugh so that’s more than I can say for most comedies. 🙂 The type of music really isn’t my type of thing at all, though, so it’s harder to like if you’re not into the music, I guess.
That makes sense on the music
Let’s hope Wilson and McCarthy aren’t in a movie together then haha. I’d love to read your review of it though 🙂
Lol. Well… If they’re in the same movie together, I can avoid it completely! 😉
LOL. Puke angel!!! I totally forgot Lilly did that in the first one. God, what a delightful weirdo. Nice work here, lady! You already know that I liked this more than you did, but I do see where you’re coming from. The one thing I will say about Anna Kendrick’s storyline in this is that I felt like they were trying to steer the focus away from just her and focus on the group as a whole, and I actually appreciated that. Also, I kind of adored Keegan-Michael Key as her boss, so I was cool with all that little subplot. I am very glad you didn’t loathe this. 🙂 Go, Elizabeth Banks, go!!!
Oops – thought I replied to this comment! How can you forget puke angel??? Lol. Think that’s my very favorite bit. That chick is awesomely weird. 🙂 Yeah – I didn’t loathe this. Sorry I ripped on the cheesy singing. I’m sure YOUR singing was lovely! Lol. *oops* 😉
I definitely laughed more than the first one which I actually liked more on a second watch but neither of them is going to set the world on fire. I do like Elizabeth Banks though.
Simple, girly popcorn movie. I do like them sometimes! 🙂 I think the weirdness of that Lilly girl & things like the “puke angel” really help as otherwise it would be another bland & predictable girly film!
I can honestly say I’d never heard of Pitch Perfect until the sequel. Sounds like it was a big deal though, how the hell did I miss it?!
I missed this comment too!!! I wish comments would stay in the app’s notifications for longer. Well… Pitch Perfect was a fairly big deal BUT I think it’s one of those that was a far bigger deal in America than here. So it’s okay that you missed it! 😉
I’m on Android and the app SUUUUUUCKS!!! I might get round to these one day seeing as everyone else seems to like them so much.
They’re…. Meh. Not gonna change the world or anything. 🙂
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