SING FOR THE MOMENT
Like the first movie, Banks plays Gail, who is half of one of the most hilarious broadcast teams ever conceived, real or fictional. Her scenes with the cheerfully racist and sexist John ( played by a sublime John Michael Higgins), narrating the Bellas' various competitions, are the film's highlight. "This is what happens when you send girls to college," he says disapprovingly at one point. He describes the Bellas as an "inspiration to girls all over the country too ugly to be cheerleaders."
We begin with our Bellas giving a command performance at Lincoln Center for U.S. President Barack Obama's birthday, no less. All goes well until Fat Amy's spandex pants rip. She's suspended in the air, and she's not wearing anything underneath. The theater erupts in shock. The disgraced Bellas are suspended from competition. But the ever-practical Beca (played by Kendrick) finds a loophole: if they can win the world championships, will they be reinstated? Sure, they're told, like that would ever happen.
Their biggest competition is the European a cappella group Das Sound Machine. These European champions are terrifying in their perfection, their production values and their general awesomeness — and their disdain for the Bellas. "I don't speak Loser, what did you say?" their lead singer ( played by an imposing Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) says icily. Beca is horrified but helplessly smitten with the supermodel Heidi Klum lookalike. "Your sweat smells like cinnamon!" she cries.
The groups first compete at an epic "riff-off" which recalls one in the first movie, only much more elaborate, as happens in sequels. Among the groups competing: the Green Bay Packers. The NFL team, also "Pitch Perfect" superfans, made a cameo appearance in the sequel. The Bellas sure have their work cut out for them. Meanwhile, busy Beca's secretly working with an internship at a recording studio. She's also still dating boyfriend Jesse feels like a total afterthought here.
The script, written by Kay Cannon and Mickey Rapkin, keeps the rapid-fire jokes coming and they are hilarious. It all comes down to a huge final confrontation before thousands of fans. It's panache and polish (Das Sound Machine) vs. spunk and spirit (the Bellas). And, of course, these girls have a few surprises up their sleeves. Remember what Beyonce asked: "Who run the world? Girls!"
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