Unlike some reviewers, I enjoyed this as much as or maybe a little more than the first. I've now seen it 5 or 6 times and I get the direction Kay Cannon and Elizabeth Banks chose to take this next installment. It's 3 years later (2012 and 2015) and most of the girls are now seniors. So the girls are more grown up and a little more rigid and fixed in their routines. The comfortable structure has left them less spontaneous, original or even new. They've become the Bella's of old before Becka showed up in Pitch Perfect 1. The opener ends with a spectacular fall from grace in front of the President no less. They're underdogs once again but can't dig themselves out, they need new blood. Enter the legacy, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) who brings originality back to the Bellas.
Add to this very enjoyable performances by Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick (she becomes sexually confused) plus amazing performances from Das Sound Machine, it's a very good sequel. It still has lots of Quirky, lots or Silly, loads of Gags, great performances and memorable lines. It's a keeper.
It's different than the first as it should be, otherwise the screenwriter (Kay Cannon) would be saying the girls haven't changed at all in 3 years! If you've ever been to college you would know that just doesn't happen. The girls are a little more grown up and have to deal with a little more grown up issues. Sorry, they can't be all cute and original like in the first movie.
It's definitely worth watching but it's not a documentary....It's supposed to be silly and entertaining.