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Anna Kendrick’s sassy-punk demeanor combined with the unnecessary addition of Hailee Steinfeld charmed audiences in the premiere weekend of Pitch Perfect 2. The film’s expectations were met when the $29 million dollar budget was earned back in double, bringing in $69.2 million in only two days.
The musical comedy is a fitting sequel to the film that first captured America’s attention in 2012 with its quirky and diverse female cast. Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and the rest of the Barden Bella’s join forces to redeem themselves after a hilariously tragic performance in front of the president, which caused their removal from the Aca-Circuit. The Bella’s enter an international a cappella competition that has never been won by an American team, where they face Das Sound Machine, the intimidating German team and worldwide favorite. Each member of the team faces their own tribulations as they try to create their own path while still remaining true to their Bella friends. In order to achieve their tremendous dreams the bonds of sisterhood must be reinforced as the group works to unite the world with their a cappella sound.
Pitch Perfect 2’s plot is painfully cliché and slightly more forced than the first movie, but I found it heartwarming just the same. The script certainly took a more obvious stab at humor this time around, with the jokes being more pointed and crass. Despite the blatancy of the comedy I still found myself laughing along with the rest of the audience, and if anything the additional wit made the characters more appealing. Elizabeth Banks directs a feel-good film that is amusingly satisfying to any type of person, musically involved or otherwise.