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Comedy - Family, Drama - Musical

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Duration1h 55m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, 
Source of storyThe first film, itself based on a book by Mickey Rapkin
DirectorElizabeth Banks
Writers/ScriptKay Cannon
StarringAnna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Asrin, Adm Devine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Flula Borg, Elizabeth Banks, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O’Donnell,
RatingsIMDb: 6.4 by 143,084 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 65% by 218 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: After a wardrobe malfunction at a concert for President Obama the Barden University Bellas are given the one chance to redeem themselves, by winning the world accappella championship in Denmark. They face strong opposition in the German group Das Sound Machine. And it is not until they visit the boot camp run by Aubrey that they begin to get it together. Meanwhile Beca has got a job in a recording studio, and they have added Emily, a young singer/songwriter to the group, and the will they won’t they – Fat Amy and Bumper.

Content: There is no sex or nudity, even during the wardrobe malfunction. Maybe a bit of drinking during social events. The Filipino lady-boys get a mention. But mostly it is singing at one event or another some impromptu some more formal, with a lot of choreographed dancing. Some real accappella groups feature. Beca spends time in the recording studio, eventually recording a song, which becomes important in the finale, with Emily.

A View: To start with most of us will feel a bit inadequate because we can’t sing or dance like these young people, and there are a lot of them. But hang on, although they are supposed to be students some of them are quite mature. Anna Kendrick for instance, was thirty. Getting on to be an intern in a studio. But that aside, it rolls along, not quite as seamlessly as the first film but well enough and it made a fortune. My special shout out goes to “Das Sound Machine” the rival group. It is worth watching the film just to see their performance in the final. They are fantastic.  

Additional Info: Pitch Perfect 2 has become the highest grossing musical comedy film of all time.

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