Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elizabeth Banks
Produced by
Written by Kay Cannon
Based on
  • Characters created 
    by Kay Cannon
  • Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory 
    by Mickey Rapkin
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Jim Denault
Edited by Craig Alpert
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 20, 2015 (2015-04-20) (Las Vegas premiere)
  • May 15, 2015 (2015-05-15) (United States)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $29 million[2]
Box office $285.2 million[3]

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 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 grossed over $285 million. It surpassed the total gross of the original film ($115.4 million) in just five days, and also became the highest-grossing music comedy film of all-time, overtaking School of Rock ($131.3 million).[4] A sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, is set to be released on August 4, 2017.[5][6]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
    • Casting 3.1
    • Filming 3.2
  • Music 4
  • Release 5
    • Marketing 5.1
    • Home media 5.2
  • Reception 6
    • Box office 6.1
      • North America 6.1.1
      • Other territories 6.1.2
    • Critical response 6.2
  • Sequel 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Plot

Three years after the events of Pitch Perfect, the Barden Bellas are now led by Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) and three-time super senior Chloe Beale (Brittany Snow). Over those three years, with their new modern sound, the Bellas have been ICCA champions for three years in a row. However, their performance at President Obama's birthday gala disastrously ends when Fat Amy's (Rebel Wilson) airlifting solo goes awry causes a nationwide scandal, being named Muffgate. Because of this, they are suspended from competing in the ICCAs and aren't allowed to hold auditions for new members. Beca makes a deal to allow the Bellas to be reinstated if they win the 2015 World Championship of A Capella in the spring of Copenhagen, in which a capella announcers John Smith (John Michael Higgins) and Gail Abernathy (Elizabeth Banks) mockingly accept because the American team at the Worlds have never won one.

Freshman Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld) begins her college career at Barden University, in hopes of joining the Bellas, just like her mom, Katherine (Katey Sagal). At orientation, Emily and other freshmen watch an a capella performance by the Treblemakers, now led by Beca's boyfriend, Jesse Swanson (Skylar Astin). After orientation, Emily meets Jesse and his best friend, Benji Applebaum (Ben Platt), who awkwardly develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, while the other Bellas learn that the German champions have taken over the Bellas' victory tour, Beca has started a recording studio internship that only Jesse knows about.

Emily stops by the Bellas' sorority house to audition for them. They are impressed when they learn that Emily is a Legacy Bella through her mother, Katherine, who sang with the Bellas in the 1980s. By singing her unfinished song "Flashlight," Emily succeeds in joining the Bellas when the rules of suspension state that the Bellas can't hold any auditions, but Emily technically came to them, so therefore they are not breaking any rules. That night, the Bellas have a party with the Treblemakers and several other a capella students, where Benji tries to ask Emily out but she kindly refuses, with the reason being that it's her first day of college. Bumper Allen (Adam Devine) returns from being backup to John Mayer as a security guard for Barden.

The next day, the Bellas attend a car show where they were initially due to perform, to meet their German replacements, powerhouse "Das Sound Machine" (DSM) - led by intimidating duo Pieter Krämer (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen). In determination, the Bellas rehearse a performance that is similar to DSM as a warmup for Worlds and is supposedly better. Meanwhile, Beca shows off her mashup skills to her boss (Keegan-Michael Key) on a Christmas album song for Snoop Dogg, in which he rewards her to listen to her demos for a chance to become a producer. Later at an exclusive riff off, the Bellas lose to DSM in the final round when Emily flubs attempt to sing "Flashlight" as she is nervous.

The next day, Beca's boss informs her that he was looking forward to original songs on her demos but was disappointed at the fact that the demos all had mashups. He gives her one more chance as a producer to have an original voice and makes her question if being in the Bellas, an a capella group, is really what defines her. As a result of this, added to the current events, Beca is becoming stressed out and Fat Amy reassures her confidence in everything, after she reveals that she knew about Beca's internship by her badge in her purse, searching for money. Also, Amy advises her to tell the other Bellas. Meanwhile, Bumper tries to get serious with Amy about if they would become a couple, but Amy declines as she likes to be carefree and "not tied down".

The next day, the Bellas put on their performance, which makes John and Gail question the Bellas' true identity, but that ends in disaster when Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean) has her hair set ablaze by pyrotechnics. In response, Chloe takes the Bellas to a retreat led by Aubrey Posen (Anna Camp) hoping to regain their lost harmony. Before this, Emily comes to Katherine for help because of the Bellas arguing with each other and the possibility that she won't solo at the ICCAs and be as great as the Bellas. Katherine reassures her that going to Worlds is bigger than the ICCAs and that the Bellas won't end now.

With her stress having completely taken over, Beca's frustration over the camp activities sparks an argument between her and Chloe and reveals her internship and her frustration over her obsession with winning Worlds, before Beca gets trapped by a net. Lily (Hana Mae Lee) cuts the rope and manages to get her down. Beca reveals that her stress was caused by her independence in doing everything under extreme pressure and wishes that she wants to be as confident as Emily. Emily also reveals that she has felt the same way about her and wants to be a Bella, not a Legacy. Beca offers Emily to produce her song at the studio. Each Bella talks about their dreams and future as they won't be seeing each other after graduation. They regain their harmony by singing "Cups." Then, Fat Amy realizes that she made a mistake not getting serious with Bumper and goes to get him back, getting trapped in a net after making her announcement. She rows across a lake to him, singing "We Belong" to him, with the Bellas and Treblemakers watching from their houses. During her soloing, he angrily wants her to turn back but gives in and starts singing with her. They then make out on the Treblemakers ' front lawn, with them watching and run away. Then, Beca and Emily show their song to Beca's boss, who sees potential in it and looks forward to working with them. Beca and Emily get excited, after he leaves.

The senior Bellas graduate and all head off to Copenhagen for Worlds, with Jesse and Benji to cheer them on. Before the start of Worlds, Benji finds Emily to wish her luck and Emily kisses him and then a second time because the first time, he was trying to do one of his magic tricks. As DSM performs, the performance gives the Bellas a look of discouragement on their faces, with the crowd loving them. Before their performance, Fat Amy gives one of her pep talks and brings more spirit to the group. Their performance begins with a hand-clap introduction and they rock the Worlds with their own modern sound. Then, the Bellas sing a harmonized version of "Flashlight" with Aubrey, Katherine, and past Bellas. The Bellas win the championship and have repaired a damaged legacy and name. Before the senior Bellas leave Barden, they give Emily a proper initiation, with Fat Amy showing her how to do the last tradition: christening the house by sliding down the stairs. After that, Emily gets ready for her turn and when she starts to slide, the credits roll.

In a mid-credits scene, Bumper performs on The Voice.

Cast

The Barden Bellas
  • Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, the senior leader of the Bellas, known for creating the unique modern-day sound of the Bellas. She is an aspiring record producer and is now an intern at Residual Heat, a record label. She is dating Jesse Swanson, a senior leader of the Barden Treblemakers.
  • Rebel Wilson as Patricia "Fat Amy", a senior Bella from Australia and Bumper's love interest.
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Emily "Legacy" Junk, a freshman legacy Bella who is an aspiring songwriter. Her mother was also a Barden Bella.
  • Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, the three-time super senior with a Type A personality who is the co-leader of the Bellas.
  • Alexis Knapp as Stacie Conrad, a senior Bella known for being overly sexual.
  • Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakurama, a senior Bella known for her quiet speaking voice, odd remarks, and beat-boxing.
  • Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose Adams, a lesbian senior Bella.
  • Chrissie Fit as Florencia "Flo" Fuentes, a senior Bella who joined the group her sophomore year when she came to Barden University from Guatemala.
  • Kelley Jakle as Jessica, a senior Bella.
  • Shelley Regner as Ashley, a senior Bella.
Additional characters

Production

In December 2012, Skylar Astin revealed that he and Rebel Wilson had had meetings with Universal Studios about the potential sequel.[7] In April 2013, it was confirmed that a sequel would be released in 2015.[8] Elizabeth Banks directed the sequel, and Kay Cannon returned as screenwriter.[9] Paul Brooks produced for Gold Circle Films, alongside Banks and Max Handelman.[9] Deke Sharon returned as vocal producer, and has a brief cameo as a German reporter.[10] As in the first movie, they ran a month of "a cappella boot camp" before filming.[11]

Casting

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References

The film was originally slated for a July 21, 2017 release, but it was later pushed back to August 4, 2017.[58]

On June 10, 2015, a third film was officially confirmed, with Kay Cannon returning to write the script.[56] Several days later it was announced both Kendrick and Wilson would reprise their roles, and later Brittany Snow was also confirmed to return.[57][5] Banks will also return to direct and produce.

Director, star, and producer Elizabeth Banks acknowledged the possibility of a third film, saying, "I will say, it would be disingenuous to say that no one's talking about a Pitch Perfect 3; the possibility of it. We are really focused on getting as many butts in seats for this one. If fans embrace it, we are going to seriously think about what the continuing journey would look like, but we don’t know what that is yet".[55]

On April 11, 2015, a month before the release of the second film, it was announced that Rebel Wilson would return for a third film, although she stated that she did not know if Anna Kendrick or any of the other cast members would also be reprising their roles. She added that she would be "up for a Fat Amy spin-off," although nothing has been confirmed.[54]

Sequel

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 66%, based on 166 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Pitch Perfect 2 sings in sweet comedic harmony, even if it doesn't hit quite as many high notes as its predecessor."[51] On Metacritic, the film holds score of 63 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[52] In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave Pitch Perfect 2 an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[53]

Critical response

The film opened at number one in Australia and New Zealand, earning $7.6 million and $1.2 million respectively.[50] As of July 10, 2015, the film has grossed $22.1 million in Australia, $27.3 million in the United Kingdom and $2.7 million in New Zealand.

Other territories

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $69.2 million, finishing first at the box office.[48] This opening weekend gross was more than the entire North American total gross of the first film ($65 million), is the third biggest PG-13 comedy opening of all-time (behind The Simpsons Movie's $74 million in 2007 and Austin Powers in Goldmember's $73 million in 2002), and the highest grossing opening ever for a musical.[49]

Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $4.6 million on its early Thursday night showings and $27.8 million on its opening day. This number was above original projections, which increased the opening weekend estimates from $40 million to $64 million.[47]

North America

Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $183.8 million in North America and $101.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $285.2 million, against a budget of $29 million.[3] In its first five days, the film surpassed the total gross of the original ($115.4 million), and also overtook School of Rock ($131.3 million) for the highest grossing musical-comedy of all-time.[4]

Box office

Reception

The Blu-ray and DVD editions of Pitch Perfect 2 were released on September 22, 2015 in the U.S.[45] with a Target-exclusive edition containing additional bonus features being released the same day.[46]

Director Elizabeth Banks stated an additional performance by the Treblemakers was filmed specifically for the DVD release. Also included on the DVD will be deleted scenes.[43] On May 20, 2015, it was announced that FX Networks had acquired U.S. television broadcasting rights to the film.[44]

Home media

A still from the rehearsals for the film was revealed on May 16, 2014.[41] The poster was released on November 18, 2014 and the trailer came out the following day. A second trailer was aired during the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015.[42]

Marketing

The film was released on May 7, 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, and May 15 in the United States and Canada.[40]

Release

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[32] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[33] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 144
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[36] 12
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 26
US Billboard 200[39] 1
Charts
No. Title Music Length
1. "Universal Fanfare"   0:33
2. "Kennedy Center Performance (We Got the World/Timber/America The Beautiful/Wrecking Ball)"   The Barden Bellas 2:27
3. "Lollipop"   The Treblemakers 2:43
4. "Car Show (Tsunami)"   Das Sound Machine 1:47
5. "Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus"   3:04
6. "Riff Off (Thong Song/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty/Low/Bootylicious/Baby Got Back/Live Like You Were Dying/Before He Cheats/A Thousand Miles/We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together/What's Love Got to Do with It/This Is How We Do It/Doo Wop (That Thing)/Poison/Scenario/Insane in the Brain/Flashlight)"  
  • Das Sound Machine
  • Tone Hangers
  • The Barden Bellas
  • Green Bay Packers
  • The Treblemakers
4:24
7. "Jump"  
  • Das Sound Machine
  • Tone Hanger
  • The Treblemakers
  • Green Bay Packers
1:16
8. "Convention Performance (Promises/Problem)"   The Barden Bellas 1:41
9. "Back to Basics (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/You Can't Hurry Love/Lady Marmalade/MMMBop/My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It))"   The Barden Bellas 1:30
10. "Cups ("When I'm Gone")"   The Barden Bellas 0:45
11. "We Belong"   3:34
12. "Any Way You Want It (World Championship Medley)"  
1:56
13. "World Championship Finale 1 (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)/All I Do Is Win)"   Das Sound Machine 2:01
14. "World Championship Finale 2 (Run the World (Girls)/Where Them Girls At/Lady Marmalade/We Belong/Timber/Flashlight)"   The Barden Bellas 4:16
15. "Crazy Youngsters"   Ester Dean 3:39
16. "Pitch Perfect 2 End Credit Medley"   Mark Mothersbaugh 3:00
17. "Flashlight"   Jessie J 3:29
18. "All of Me (Bumper's Audition)"   John Legend 1:27
Total length:
43:32[30][31]

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 107,000 equivalent album units (92,000 copies of traditional sales) in the week ending May 17, 2015.[29]

On December 3, 2014, Mark Mothersbaugh was hired to compose the music for the film.[27] The official soundtrack was released on May 12, 2015.[28]

Music

On May 21, 2014, principal photography began at Louisiana State University (LSU) campus in Baton Rouge.[26]

Filming

[25] was confirmed added to the cast.Birgitte Hjort Sørensen On June 25, [24], would be featured as a team from Southeast Asia.The University of Pennsylvania a cappella group from director Elizabeth Banks's and producer Max Handelman's alma mater Hindi the all-male [23],Penn Masala On August 24, 2014 it was announced that [22] would make a cameo appearance as a rival group from the Philippines.The Sing Off It was later confirmed that The Filharmonic from season 4 of [21] would play the role of a rival group to the Barden Bellas.Pentatonix It was confirmed on June 19, 2014 that [20] It was confirmed on June 18, 2014 that Christopher Shepard was added to the cast.[19] He played the leader of a European a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, that competed with the Bellas.[18]