Parent reviews for Pitch Perfect 2

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Fun but uneven sequel doesn't hit original's high notes.
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Parent of a 11 and 14-year-old Written byCooldad57 May 26, 2015

Perfectly fine

I saw the first with my daughter and we both loved it. It was so funny and (kind of) original. The second one really lost some of that. I went to see this one with both my kids and we all agreed, it was fine. It wasn't the best movie ever, but it wasn't terrible. I also think that it's perfectly fine for 11 year olds. Kids know a lot more than they're letting on, and there's nothing they wouldn't understand. Once again, it depends on the maturity of the child. But most kids would enjoy it and understand it.

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Adult Written byralphg1 May 15, 2015

Parents beware

It is weird, which I liked, and the musical performances are easy on the ears. The subplot with Keegan-Michael Key as a music producer may be the strongest part of the film. But there is a lot of dirty talk - not graphic but highly xenophobic and winking - like "Muffgate". I was uncomfortable that so many children were in the audience. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 16.

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Adult Written bythemovieslover May 13, 2018

sequel of Pitch Perfect, hits the wrong pitch far from perfect

Pitch Perfect 2 does hit the notes, but not the right ones. While the first movie was a funny film fest of music, Pitch Perfect 2 does not fit the expectations. Besides an awesome final performance and catchy music, the movie isn't all that funny, and even racist at times. While the language and sex are toned down by a lot compared to the original, don't get your hopes too high for laughs. Okay for a mature 11 year old, and up.

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Parent of a 9, 12, and 15-year-old Written byKaren S April 26, 2017

Falls flat and is much raunchier than the first movie

This movie is a big disappointment compared to the first. The musical numbers are disappointing, the humor much broader and bawdier, and the appropriate audience is much older than for the first movie. The makeup is overdone on all the actresses, plus they are costumed in Junior League-like outfits at first, making them all look alike and out-of-place in a movie that is supposed to be about each nerd being her own person. The theme of quirkiness is really lost in this movie. There are stereotyped characters that bothered me - the Hispanic girl with her over-thick accent and constant bad jokes about being an illegal immigrant, the gay acapello fan who stages the singdown party, robotic German villains, even a few seconds glimpse of an Indian acapello group in Indian costumes... singing Beach Boys? I wasn't sure if that was supposed to be a joke or not. Fairly bad language in the movie, and lowbrow, sexual humor.

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Parent Written byReggi911 October 14, 2016

PP is awesome!

pitch perfect is perfect if you like good music. I would not recommend it for little kids.You better watch this movie ASAP.
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written byliligabor March 22, 2016

Not for kids

"I would do anyone to ..." "You mean you would do anything ..." "Yeah that too." This is not for kids not for girls not for anyone. So sad that this is what it's all come to.

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Parent of a 11-year-old Written byminecraftb November 20, 2015

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Parent Written byBrbrown722 October 2, 2015

GrEaT!

I loved the first pitch perfect, and watched it several times. I waited months to see the second one! I thought it was better than the first one. I loved the whole movie. The beginning song by the treble makers is a little inappropriate but in today's society kids hear it all. Over all I loved it you guys did a great job
Parent of a 7 and 10-year-old Written byJulie St-F August 11, 2015

Sadly, they've lost the beat.

My 10 year old asked to see the Pitch Perfect movies. I saw the first one with my friends when it came out (and, admittedly loved it.) My first instinct was to say "no," but I decided to go see Pitch Perfect 2, and think about it a bit more. I ultimately decided "no", for the reasons below. But we're all enjoying the soundtrack, which is pretty decent.

There are some good messages about learning to trust your friends, and perserverance. But these themes are more hidden than in the first film.

Some of the humour is just too subtle for the tween crowd. The new hispanic Bella is constantly making sarcastic quips about life as an immigrant. It's meant to call attention to the Princess-y character's constant over dramatization of her first world problems. But I know that this would just go right over my 10 year-old's head. She'd just get the sterotypes out of the situation. Sex jokes often come with a nice side of slut-shaming, and while I think you could talk about that with teens, my experience with the pre-puberty set is that they have trouble with the nuances of having a healthy sexuality.

I was also not keen on the way both films had the lesbian character constantly scamming on her friends. (1) Not what actual lesbians do. (2) No one ever calls her on the creepy behaviour.
Parent of a 10 and 15-year-old Written byfastraxsg July 5, 2015

Not as good as I hoped

Honestly i didn't really get the hype for this movie as everyone was like OMG SO FUNNY and all. Its not that it was a BAD movie but i definitely went in expecting LOADS especially since the first one was all kinds of amazing. As long as you don't go in expecting high expectations, you won't be dissapointed. I still really loved the songs though! Petition to just be an actual acapella group and make albums instead of movies?! Maybe its just me....
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Adult Written byD4rkRider June 8, 2015

A repeat of the old formula of Pitch Perfect? Not quite.

This would be a rather long review.

Even before watching PP2, we can already expect three things that will happen:

Firstly, the Bellas would be doing great up to that point, before a miserable mishap in the first scene drive them back to square one. Secondly, we would expect to watch the unavoidable final acapella showdown between the Bellas, and the movie's chosen primary rival group.

Lastly, we would expect it to be an entertaining journey; how the characters to try and improve themselves, learn from their mistakes, and ultimately wins out not against the competition, but against themselves to become the better Bellas than before.

Unfortunately, there is NONE of the above in this sequel.

In between the first scene, and the final, everyone just floated around for most of the 115 minutes run time doing nothing, or spending too much time with their own internal demons (sub-plots) which contribute nothing towards their group's primary plot.

... which bring us to the second problem.
The movie relied too much on tired one-line jokes to try to save the already flawed plot, and the sense of humour is pretty much a miss.

The original also had clever one-liners and good jokes, but they can still make you laugh the second time around. Whereas with the sequel, some of them maybe funny at first, but they'll leave you a bitter taste afterwards.

I would not recommend this movie for children for this reason.

The next problem -- we should expect a good character progression, even from this supposedly simple musical comedy.

The original gives us a good logical development for Beca, Aubrey, and Chloe that help change the Bellas into a much better group in the finale.

In this sequel, not surprisingly, everyone just stay the same from beginning to the end.

Anna Kendrick was severely under-utilized her; which is a shame, as she is arguably one of the best in the current crop of actors / actresses. Like it or not, she also the go-to-actress for any musical movie these days.
She also carried a lot of goodwill from her "Cup" song hit, and from her excellent performances in the recent musical "Into the Woods" and "The Last Five Years".

Last problem -- the simpler music and choreography in the original just felt and looked smarter.
The new original song for the sequel is not that interesting.
Glee had done the same in every season, and it got tired quite quickly.

The bigger budget of PP2 also made obvious changes to add to the "wow" factor to each of the Bella's performance.
Unfortunately, the much simpler (yet smarter) choreography of the original looked to be a more realistic approach as to what a University Acapella group could possibly do.

PP2 basically rely too much on the goodwil that it gain from the first movie, and to less extent, from Anna Kendrick. If this had been the first movie, it will most likely be a huge flop.

PP3 might not be avoidable, but a repeat of PP2 would best be avoided.

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Adult Written bybailey.lewis14 May 31, 2015

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Adult Written byTeenBoyzDad May 23, 2015

Nothing shown; but much implied.

I'm not going to let my 16 year old son see this - the culture is already inundated with the message that teen sex is OK. And while few characters in this movie are still teens, the implication that having sex while in college is a perfectly normal thing to do (and it probably is) it's still not the message I want my son to hear.

As a movie, my wife thought it was boring and left the theater halfway through. I had to follow.... :(
Adult Written bylauram338 May 20, 2015

This is a great movie

This movie is super good! Although is does have a small part with talking about sex, it's really good otherwise. It does have great messages about friendship and teamwork and great role models. No violence at all and some cussing.

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Parent of a 16-year-old Written byRosecastle May 17, 2015

Hit and miss

I went along with my 17 y/o to see this as she was a huge fan of the original. Not as funny as the first. A few dull spots and laughs that didn't quite hit the mark...with a fairly weak story line. The few inappropriate sexual references were sometimes just a little awkward rather than funny. I purposely decided not to take my 13 y/o daughter till I'd seen it. Having done so, I would let her go now. Anything I may have been concerned about I think would essentially 'go over her head' to a greater degree and I do know she'd enjoy the music more than anything else.
Adult Written byLucy.Brown.912 May 15, 2015

Acamazing!

This was a wonderful movie. Yes, it does have references to sex and race but it's meant to be overboard. Overall it has a great message on being yourself, and that you can do anything you put your mind to. I think it was just as good, if not better than the first one.

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