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Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

The first “Pitch Perfect” was a refreshing musical comedy featuring the a cappella students of Barden University that brought renditions of some popular songs, and introduced its audience to the “Cups” song that had many people picking up cups and making some cool cover videos.

Last weekend, “Pitch Perfect 2” arrived with the Barden Bellas marked as an embarrassment to the a cappella world just seconds after the intro. Has it really been three years already? It wouldn’t be a “Pitch Perfect” movie without rivals and embarrassing moments, such as Aubrey’s projectile vomiting.

The new movie is based around the all-girl group’s determination to make it back to the top, which appears to be nearly impossible since no American group has ever won the Global Championships. The one-hour, 55-minute musical comedy is filled with many jokes, some of which do not make a hit, and a few racial comments that shouldn’t have made it into the script.

Key and Peele’s Keegan Michael is an interesting addition to the movie; he made for some funny jokes. Fat Amy also lived up to expectations, while Benji still remains as weird as ever and he falls in love with newcomer Emily, played by Hailee Steinfeld.

Lily Okamura, the quiet character who no one really understands, is even more strange in the sequel. She admits, “All my teeth come from different people...”

The group creates a spin on some popular songs such as “Flashlight” by Jessie J and “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. The girls also introduce some fierce girl power with their cover of Beyoncé’s “Run the World.” It’s aca-awesome!

There’s a little of everything: love, rivals, dancing, riff-offs and heart-to-hearts.

The movie, however, seems a bit like “Glee” but without the development of drama and story lines. But the ending is touching.

“Pitch Perfect 2” garners quite a few laughs and it is entertaining. While it might not be better than the first movie, it isn’t a waste of a Saturday afternoon.

We can even learn a few things:

1. We can’t compete in competitions by trying to win the way that our opponents do, because our way is the only way that we understand.

2. One mistake isn’t enough to quit doing something that we love.

3. We all have to move on eventually.

4. Always wear underwear!

Alonni Reid is a junior at City Honors.