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Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2
File:Pitch Perfect 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical 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 $229.6 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, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and Alexis Knapp. It was released on May 15, 2015 by Universal Pictures.

The film received generally positive reviews and has grossed over $229 million, and surpassed the total gross of the original film ($115.4 million) in just five days. It has also became the highest grossing music comedy film, overtaking School of Rock ($131.3 million).[4]

Plot

Three years after the events of the first film, the Barden Bellas, led by Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), perform for President Obama's birthday until Fat Amy's (Rebel Wilson) suffers a wardrobe malfunction while hanging from a harness, leading to the a capella group's embarrassment. After a meeting withthe university's dean and a cappella commentators John Smith (John Michael Higgins) and Gail Abernathy-McFadden-Feinberger (Elizabeth Banks), the Bellas are to be suspended from performing in any a cappella showcase unless they win at the World A Cappella Tournament, despite the fact that no American team has ever won the title.

Beca meanwhile starts an internship at a recording studio that only her boyfriend Jesse Swanson (Skylar Astin) knows about. When her boss frets over Snoop Dogg's inadequate Christmas recordings, Beca impresses him by introducing a beat player to a Christmas mashup. However Beca's boss is disappointed that none of Beca's recording work is original. Fat Amy soon confronts Beca on her secretiveness over her intership. She herself, on a secret date, rejects Bumper's (Adam DeVine) proposal to be his girlfriend and leaving him brokenhearted.

Freshman Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld) stops by their house to audition. She succeeds after the Bellas learn Emily is a Legacy Bella. That night the girls party with the Treblemakers, where Benji (Ben Platt) becomes infatuated with Emily. The Bellas later attend a car show where they would have performed to see their replacements, Das Sound Machine, a German group led by Pieter Krämer (Flula Borg) and Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen).

The Bellas receive an invitation for an exclusive riff-off, where they find the Treblemakers there and other a capella groups, including DSM, whom the Bellas lose to in the finals when Emily fails to sustain a song of her own writing. The next day, the Bellas put on a performance as a warmup for the Worlds, aiming to imitate DSM's style, but it ends in disaster when Cynthia-Rose's (Ester Dean) hair gets singed by pyrotechnics. Disheartened, Chloe (Brittany Snow) decides to take the Bellas to a retreat led by former Bella leader Aubrey Posen (Anna Camp) in hopes of helping the Bellas get their sound back. Beca's frustration over the futility of the camp's exercises causes arguments between the group, especially over the revelation of Beca's preparation for a future beyond Barden. That night, the Bellas calm down around a camp fire, with each member confessing either their fears or hopes. They regain their harmony singing "Cups," before questioning Fat Amy on her future plans causes her to realise her love for Bumper. She and Bumper profess their love when they both sing "We Belong."

The Bellas graduate. Beca records and remixes Emily's original song, and they show it to Beca's boss, who expresses his approval. The group finally head off to Copenhagen for the Worlds, with Jesse and Benji, who Emily kisses before going on-stage, in the crowds. The Das Sound Machine, as the favourites, perform a rendition of "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" and "All I Do Is Win". The Bellas follow with a performance of "Girls Who Run the World; Where Them Girls At; We Belong" and Emily's song "Flashlight," featuring other former Bellas, including Aubrey and Katherine, Emily's mother. The Bellas and made them the new World Champions.

When the Bellas return home, they give Emily a proper Bella initiation. The film ends with Fat Amy sliding down the stairs tumbling hard, followed by Emily.

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

Cast

The Barden Bellas
  • Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, the senior co-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", an overweight senior Bella from Australia and Bumper's love interest.
  • Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, the three-time super senior with a Type A personality who is the co-leader of the Bellas.
  • Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose Adams, a lesbian senior Bella.
  • 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.
  • Kelley Jakle as Jessica, a senior Bella.
  • Shelley Regner as Ashley, a senior Bella.
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk, a freshman legacy Bella who is an aspiring songwriter. Her mother was also a Barden 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.
Additional characters

Production

In December 2012, Skylar Astin revealed that he and Rebel Wilson had had meetings with Universal Studios about the potential sequel.[5] In April 2013, it was confirmed that a sequel would be released in 2015.[6] Elizabeth Banks directed the sequel, and Kay Cannon returned as screenwriter.[7] Paul Brooks produced for Gold Circle Films, alongside Banks and Max Handelman.[7] Deke Sharon returned as vocal producer.[8] As in the first movie, they ran a month of "a cappella boot camp" before filming.[9]

Casting

Anna Kendrick and Wilson returned, playing the characters they originated in the first film.[10] Brittany Snow reprised her character.[11] On April 24, Chrissie Fit was added to the cast.[12]

On May 1, Hailee Steinfeld was added to the cast, playing a new member of the Barden Bellas.[13] On May 5, Adam DeVine was reported to return in the film.[14] On May 14, Katey Sagal was added to the cast, playing Steinfeld's character's mother.[15]

On May 29, Flula Borg was added to the cast.[16] He played the leader of a European a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, that competed with the Bellas.[17] It was confirmed on June 18, 2014 that Christopher Shepard was added to the cast.[18]

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

Filming

On May 21, 2014, principal photography took place at Louisiana State University (LSU) campus in Baton Rouge.[24]

Music

On December 3, 2014, Mark Mothersbaugh was hired to compose the music for the film.[25] The official soundtrack was released on May 12, 2015.[26]

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.[27]

No. TitleMusic 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 (Uprising/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)"  
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)"  Adam Devine 1:27
Total length:
43:32[28][29]
Charts
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Release

The film was released on May 7, 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, and May 15 in the United States and Canada.[30]

Marketing

A still from the rehearsals for the film was revealed on May 16, 2014.[31] 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.[32]

Reception

Box office

As of June 1, 2015, Pitch Perfect 2 has grossed $148.9 million in North America and $80.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $229.6 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). It also overtook School of Rock ($131.3 million) for the highest grossing musical-comedy of all-time.[4]

North America

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.[33]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $69.2 million, finishing first at the box office.[34] 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.[35]

Other territories

The film opened at number one in Australia and New Zealand, earning $7.6 million and $1.2 million respectively.[36] As of May 31, 2015, the film has grossed $14.8 million in Australia, $7.8 million in the United Kingdom and $2.3 million in New Zealand.

Critical reception

Pitch Perfect 2 has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 66%, based on 147 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. 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."[37] On Metacritic, the film holds score of 63 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[38]

CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave Pitch Perfect 2 an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[39]

Home media

Director Elizabeth Banks stated an additional performance by the Treblemakers was filmed especially for the DVD release. Also included on the DVD release will be deleted scenes.[40] On May 20, 2015 it was announced FX Networks had acquired television broadcasting rights to the film.[41]

Sequel

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 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.[42]

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".[43]

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