What felt like winking cheekiness in the first movie can come across now more like clumsy provocation.
The music is better and the comedy is worse.
It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
Anna Kendrick's Beca, a mash-up maestro, spends the movie looking like she'd rather scale a fish than scale her vocals. (Maybe because Kendrick is nearly 30, and she's still playing a college student?)
Ethnic clich�s abound, college comes off as a free sleepaway camp, and the simple wonders of unaccompanied singing are inflated to Las Vegas-style bombast.
Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.
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" ...
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.
As second rounds of comedies go, "Pitch Perfect 2" definitely is not perfect. Its script is more than a smidge pitchy.