The first ladies of a cappella are back, three years after Pitch Perfect, and they’re again hitting the high notes: This sequel opens as all-girl group the Bellas are branded a national disgrace after an accidental vagina-flashing incident involving Barack Obama. The girls are singing to the President in front of a crowd of thousands when “Fat Amy” (Rebel Wilson, genius) has a wardrobe malfunction. The TV news coverage is hilarious (“the FBI has ruled out terrorism”). President Nixon had Watergate—this is Muffgate.
Nothing in the rest of the film comes close to being as funny, and there’s definitely one song too many. But Pitch Perfect 2 has its Spinal Tap moments: The only way the Bellas can redeem themselves is to win at the a cappella world championships in Holland—an event that’s like Gov Ball for nerds. Standing in their way is the technofierce German group Das Sound Machine (or the Deutsche Bags, as the Bellas call them). Pitch Perfect 2 is totally goofy but very sweet. As with the first film, you’ll love the instantly quotable gems (“What did you say? I don’t speak Loser”) and Wilson herself, who could make a Republican campaign speech riotous.
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