Review: “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) is foot-tapping for all the wrong reasons.

Perks and Peeves

Pitch Perfect 2


Director: Elizabeth Banks
Written by: Kay Cannon
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
Length: 115 minutes
Verdict: /★★★★


A two-time championship A Capella group might suggest innovation and creative harmony, as one might expect from the sequel to the surprising success of “Pitch Perfect” in 2012, but in the current age of comedy sequels who find jokes within repetition (“22 Jump Street,” “Anchorman”), “Pitch Perfect 2” sings their formula remarkably flat. The screenwriter, a graduate from TV’s hysterical “30 Rock,” seems to juggle as many subplots as a chorus does chords. The cast, a broth of stereotypes and melodrama, has the talent to suck all available empathy into a careless void. And teetering on the brink of a two hours, the film is foot-tapping for all the wrong reasons.

If you’ve seen the original, you’ve already seen the sequel. As musical departures go…

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