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Surprise hit Pitch Perfect gets sequelized in this Universal Pictures production once again scripted by Kay Cannon. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Pitch Perfect 2 sings in sweet comedic harmony, even if it doesn't hit quite as many high notes as its predecessor.
What felt like winking cheekiness in the first movie can come across now more like clumsy provocation.
Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.
While this isn't a bad movie by any means, and will probably still delight most of the audience, I felt like it didn't quite have the spark of freshness that made the first Pitch Perfect so much fun. Enjoyable, but not aca-mazing.
It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
It actually is difficult to write a review of Pitch Perfect 2. First you have to think up and reject a bunch of adjectives and nouns to pair with "a ca," as in, "It's a ca-lousy" ...
The new movie seems awfully like a combination cover and mash-up of the first movie, repeating in its structure what the plot also repeats.
Ethnic clichés abound, college comes off as a free sleepaway camp, and the simple wonders of unaccompanied singing are inflated to Las Vegas-style bombast.
This sequel succumbs to a predictable syndrome and goes big when it should have gone home. Its self-satisfaction is a step toward cynicism, and that is what a Pitch Perfect film must never be.
Pitch Perfect 2 is a solid effort, and an entertaining one, too.
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