Taglines: We’re Back, Pitches.
After the Barden Bellas’ performance on President Obama’s birthday disastrously ends with Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) awry airlifting solo, they are suspended from performing in any a cappella showcase. The Bellas’ leader, Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), makes a deal to allow the Bellas be reinstated if they win the Worlds a cappella tournament. Meanwhile, Beca secretly starts a recording studio internship that only her boyfriend, Jesse Swanson (Skylar Astin), knows about. Beca impresses her boss with her mashup skills for Snoop Dogg’s Christmas album and is given a chance to become a producer. Fat Amy soon finds out and advises Beca to tell the other Bellas.
Freshman Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld) stops by the Bellas’ house for an audition and succeeds when the Bellas learn that Emily’s mother, Katherine Junk, was once a Bella. That night, the Bellas have a party with the Treblemakers, where Benji (Ben Platt) awkwardly develops a crush towards Emily. The Bellas later attend a car show which they could have performed at, to meet their replacers “Das Sound Machine” (DSM) – led by intimidating duo Pieter Krämer (Flula Borg) and Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen). They then attend an exclusive riff off, where they lose against DSM in the final round when Emily tries to sing her own song.
The next day, the Bellas put on a performance similar to DSM as a warmup for the Worlds but ends in disaster. In response, Chloe (Brittany Snow) takes the Bellas to a retreat led by Aubrey Posen (Anna Camp) hoping to regain their lost harmony. Beca’s frustration over the camp activities sparks arguments between the Bellas before Beca gets trapped by a net. The Bellas manage to get her down and calm things out at a campfire, with each Bella talking about their dreams and future. They regain their harmony by singing “Cups.”
Pitch Perfect 2 is an American musical comedy film produced and directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, which was loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.
The film centers on the fictional Barden University and The Bellas, an-all female a capella singing group. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, and Shelley Regner as The Bellas. It was released on May 15, 2015 by Universal Pictures.
The film received generally positive reviews and has grossed over $276 million, and surpassed the total gross of the original film ($115.4 million) in just five days. It has also became the highest grossing musical comedy film, overtaking School of Rock ($131.3 million).
Pitch Perfect 2
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Alexis Knapp, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp
Screenplay by: Kay Cannon
Production Design by: Toby Corbett
Cinematography by: Jim Denault
Film Editing by: Craig Alpert
Costume Design by: Salvador Pérez Jr.
Set Decoration by: Monique Champagne
Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for innuendo and language.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: May 15, 2015