Pitch Perfect 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Fun but uneven sequel doesn't hit original's high notes.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 115 minutes
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 69 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Friends should be loyal to each other and stick together. United the Bellas stand, and divided they fall. Lots of emphasis on teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though some members are crass and others are perfectionists, overall the Bellas are good-hearted, talented women seeking their place in a post-collegiate world. Jokes at the expense of the overweight, but the main overweight character also embraces her appearance. Also, German singers are stereotyped as fearsome and robotic, and the competition commentators make blatantly racist and sexist remarks (clearly intended to be over the top and played for laughs).

Violence

Friends argue and yell at each other. A boss makes his underling run circles in the office for not participating smartly in a meeting. Some aggressive posturing and trash-talking.

Sex

Couples kiss and make out; in the case of one duo, it's played for laughs. Joke about a woman's pants splitting during a performance, revealing her private parts (referred to as "Muffgate"). Frequent sexual innuendo ("friends with benefits," talk of feeling people up, jokes about someone feeling confused about their sexual identity, and more). Close-up shots of boobs and butts, plus a slow-motion pillow fight scene with young women in skimpy pajamas.

Language

Strong language includes "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," and "ass." One character give another the middle finger.

Consumerism

Products/brands seen or mentioned include the Today show, Apple, MSNBC, The View, Dave and Busters, Build-a-Bear, Covergirl, and Beats by Dre.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

College students are shown drinking at parties, red Solo cups in hand. Most of them are seniors, but in one instance, a freshman attends the same party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pitch Perfect 2 is the sequel to 2012's word-of-mouth a capella hit Pitch Perfect. Many of the stars from the first movie -- including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, and Adam Devine -- reprise their roles in this installment, which is equally teen-friendly, albeit with a bit of edge. As in the original, there are jokes at the expense of the overweight, though the main overweight character also embraces her appearance. Commentator characters also make blatantly racist and sexist comments, but they're intended to be seen as over the top. Expect frequent innuendo and sexual humor (an incident in which a character's pants split during a performance is referred to as "Muffgate," and there's making out, a pillow fight scene with young women in skimpy PJs, etc.), as well as characters who swear a blue streak ("s--t," "d--k," etc.), drink, and get into verbal fights. But they're also grappling with big questions about career, friendship, and love, all of which will resonate with teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 year old Written byRosecastle May 17, 2015

Hit and miss

I went along with my 17 y/o to see this as she was a huge fan of the original. Not as funny as the first. A few dull spots and laughs that didn't quite h... Continue reading
Adult Written byralphg1 May 15, 2015

Parents beware

It is weird, which I liked, and the musical performances are easy on the ears. The subplot with Keegan-Michael Key as a music producer may be the strongest part... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJflores14 May 15, 2015

Sequel is almost as good as pitch perfect

This comedic masterpiece is touching, funny, and totally original. I loved it, mainly bc of fat Amy. CONTENT: VIOLENCE- some people recieve minor injuries SEX-... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytheteenlife May 16, 2015

Really Good

I watched this in the theaters with a bunch of my friends, and we thought it was hilarious. There wasn't anything "sex" related except when Fat A... Continue reading

What's the story?

Beca (Anna Kendrick) and most of the rest of the Barden Bellas are about to graduate from college In PITCH PERFECT 2. It's a fraught time, made even more challenging by the fact that the Bellas have been suspended from the a capella circuit after an unfortunate mishap that left Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) showing an audience body parts that are best left covered up. The Bellas' only hope to regain their good name is to beat a formidable German team in an international competition. But Beca is preoccupied with impressing her boss at a new internship, hoping it will be her big break in the music industry.

Is it any good?

It has to be said: The music is great, but this sequel isn't aca-awesome. Nor is it aca-mazing, aca-licious, or any of the other words that describe the original, which was an inspired case of geeky genius. Pitch Perfect 2 tries to capture the same glory by relying on old reliables -- like the cast, for starters, most of whom are back. But the magic's not there, simply because we've seen much of this before. The plot is skeletal, the forces that move the story forward are rudimentary (and, it must be said, stereotypical -- are we really still making jokes about fearsome, robotic-seeming Germans?). And enough with the fat jokes that are meant to seem empowered simply because the self-named Fat Amy is making them.

Where Pitch Perfect 2 does come alive is in the singing, which makes perfect sense, given that the film is, after all, about the joys of sisterhood, group harmony, and unbridled a capella love. See it for the music, but prepare to ignore some disappointments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a capella unites -- and divides -- Pitch Perfect 2's characters. What's the role of music in their lives and friendships? Do you think they'd be friends without the group? Have you ever been involved in an activity that was this important to you and your friends?

  • Fat Amy calls herself "fat" as a way to get ahead of any possible bullying and because she's proud of herself just the way she is. What do you think of this approach? (Also, talk to your kids about bullying and how to handle it if it happens.)

  • Graduation looms large for these characters. Why is this such a troubling, intense moment for these characters?

  • How do the Pitch Perfect movies present female friendship? Do you think they're realistic? Can you think of other movies and TV shows that cover similar ground?

  • How do the characters demonstrate the importance of teamwork? Why is that an important character strength?

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