The Bottom Line: Gleefully good-hearted and engagingly goofy, this follow-up to the 2012 hit is the first comedy of the year that fully delivers on the promise of laughter! Elizabeth Banks (directing her first feature length film) does a tremendous job of herding her aca-cats (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailey Steinfeld, et al), while showcasing a wonderfully collaborative, teamwork-focused atmosphere and giving her main players their chance to shine. Admittedly, the original is a better told tale – a solid, well-structured movie. In lieu of the script bolt-tightening here, we’re offered a slightly looser, more joyfully zany romp. Like its predecessor though, the campiness of this A capella battle royal world is embraced. If you’re looking for a riotous, toe-tapping, aca-tastic good time, this spirited flick will definitely scratch that pitch!
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailey Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine, Keegan Michael Key, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
Running time: 114 minutes
Story: After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
Official site: www.pitchperfectmovie.com