MTV Review | Pitch Perfect 2
If you’re not excited for the return of the Barden Bellas, you might actually be dead inside...
UK Release Date: 15 May
Running Time: 115mins
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Plot: A cappella group the Barden Bellas are back, now with Beca (Anna Kendrick) as their leader, and we’re aca-excited to see them! ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ starts out with a bang, as the group gets suspended from intercollegiate competitions after Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) has a major wardrobe malfunction at a very high-profile performance.
Instead, they head to the World Championships, where they face off against an imposing German group known as Das Sound Machine. With the help of new member Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), the Bellas battle back—and reaffirm their bond with one another. Along the way, there are lots of hilarious dirty jokes, massively entertaining song-and-dance numbers, and genuine “aww” moments.
Best Scene: An a cappella battle royale between the Bellas and their rivals, with categories like ‘Songs About Butts.’
Best One Liner: Too many to count!
Date Movie or Mate Movie: Mate movie all the way—it’s a tribute to female friendship, after all. But there are subplots about the aca-adorbs romance between Fat Amy and Bumper (Adam DeVine), and the aca-awkward crush that Benji (Ben Platt) has on Emily.
Scene Stealer: It’s hard to focus on anyone but Wilson when she’s onscreen, but there are loads of hilarious supporting characters, like director Elizabeth Banks’s snide commentator Gail. (Plus some inspired celeb cameos we won’t spoil!)
WTF Moment: It doesn’t get more WTF than the very first scene, when Fat Amy manages to mortify the Bellas in front of President and Mrs Obama—while the whole world is watching.
Summary: Pitch Perfect 2 finds the perfect harmony between bawdy humour and sincere heart. It’s wickedly funny as well as being a good old-fashioned feel-good movie. Our only complaint is that hottie Jesse (Skylar Astin) gets less screen time than in the first film.
By Katherine Raymond