SING FOR THE MO­MENT

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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!"

(played by Sky­lar Astin), but the re­la­tion­ship

是因為沒有人認為她們真的能做到。

她們最大的競爭對手是來自歐洲的阿卡貝拉合唱團

「美聲機器」。這些歐洲冠軍高手完美地非常可怕,他

們的製作成本和整體耀眼程度也很嚇人,當然對「美麗

女聲」的鄙視也是不容小覷。他們的主唱(由充滿氣勢

的索蘿森飾演)冷冰冰地對美麗女聲說:「我不會說失

敗者的語言,你在說什麼?」貝卡被這長得像名模海蒂

克隆的對手嚇個半死,但又無法不覺得她非常有魅力,

因此對她大喊:「你的汗聞起來好像肉桂!」

合唱團首先以經典的「歌曲接龍」較勁,讓人想起

第一集裡的橋段,只是這次更為精緻。參與競爭的隊伍

還包括「綠灣包裝工」這支職業美式足球聯盟球隊,他

們是《歌喉讚》的超級粉絲,因此在續集中客串演出。

當然美麗女聲也有自己的挑戰和功課要做。忙碌的貝卡

也一邊偷偷在一家錄音室實習,並和傑西(史蓋拉奧斯

汀飾)繼續交往,但他們的感情在這一集感覺十分多

餘。

電影劇本是由凱加農和米奇雷普金所撰寫,台詞仍

舊笑料不斷,而且是真的會令人捧腹大笑。電影最後則

是在成千上萬名的粉絲前展開最後的盛大決戰,「美聲

機器」的華麗和完美和「美麗女聲」的膽識和精神正面

交鋒。當然,這些女孩也留了一些出人意表的驚喜招

數。千萬別忘了碧昂絲的歌詞:「這世界誰最大?女人

我最大!」

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