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It’s easy to see why the Pitch Per­fect se­ries, about an up­start women’s a cap­pella group, is so beloved. Not only is the cast strong and the mu­sic lively, but it’s a rare film se­ries in which young women pur­sue their as­pi­ra­tions and ca­reers, not men and ro­mance. Even the char­ac­ter known as Fat Amy (Rebel Wil­son), the butt of so many cheap gags, is treated se­ri­ously as an ob­ject of a man’s af­fec­tion, and she (ini­tially) turns him down to fo­cus on her­self. It’s all quite re­fresh­ing. If only the jokes, which are broad, lame, and of­ten

rooted in stereo­types, were fun­nier. Rated PG-13. 115 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)

Pitch, please: Pitch Per­fect 2, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 in Santa Fe and DreamCatcher in Es­pañola

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