Pitch Perfect 3
Review by Myla Tosatto
It would be easy for me to tell you to throw out everything you know about the Pitch Perfect movies since Trish Sie’s Pitch Perfect 3 casts out the familiar and turns the previous movies on its sides, but PP3 spends as much time winking and making fun of its previous self, that I can’t. So basically, you get a whole new direction of Pitch Perfect with an homage to the past two movies. Win- Win, I say, and a “perfect” way to end the series.
We find our favorite Barden Bellas: Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Aubrey (Anna Camp) et al. living slightly unsatisfactory lives when Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) invites them to a Bellas reunion. They all think this is a great time to relive their glory days and instead find it as catalyst to start a completely different adventure that finds them in Europe performing for the U.S.O. and DJ Khaled. Of course, our two favorite “mean girl” a cappella commentators, Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) are along for the ride.
Will the kids want to see it? Oh my, yes. Judging from the very cute enthusiasm I saw at the screening, just try to keep them home. Pitch Perfect has become almost holy to a certain set of folks! It’s PG-13 and has a few risqué lines, but I think middle schoolers on up can handle it. You might as well go ahead and buy the soundtrack. Don’t fight it.
You will come for the great musical performances and rapport of the Bellas but you will also be entertained when it turns into a caper movie with explosions and Fat Amy doing her best Liam Neeson impression. Yes, you read that right. I will say no more, except- that it was aca-awesome.
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Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.
After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins all return and are joined by additions including John Lithgow and Ruby Rose.