Comedy; Musical

The Bellas are back in “Perfect Pitch 2 !” After a humiliating command performance for the President of the United States at the Lincoln Center, the three-time United States a cappella champions, the Barden Bellas, have to enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status. They are pitted against a German a cappella group that you will love to hate even if they are great singers. The German team is lead by actress, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen who plays Kommissar. They felt more like Nazis or cold war era Russians than modern day Germans.

The original cast of “Perfect Pitch” is back for an encore performance. The diverse ensemble group of young actresses are lead by Anna Kendrick as Beca, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Ester Dean is Cynthia Rose, and the whisperer Lilly is played by Hana Mae Lee. They are joined by new comer Hailee Steinfeld. Of course, we can’t forget their love interests: Skylar Astin is Jesse, Ben Platt is Ben and Adam Devine as Bumper. No comedy would be complete without one love story but this film has a couple thrown in for good measure.

This is a better story and better script than the original. Both screenplays were scribed by Kay Cannon based on the book, Perfect Pitch: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin. The writing was very irreverent and funny. The two commentators played by John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks, who also directed the film, are so politically incorrect they are both shocking and hilarious.

The musical arrangements were great and I found my foot keeping the beat to the music throughout the entire movie. Most of the movie was singing and dancing which was just fine with me.

Most of the audience at the Tuesday night screening at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine in South St. Louis were women or girls and loved the film but a few men were “dragged” to the performance by their wives, girlfriends or siblings. To a man, they dreaded coming to a “chick flick,” but the seven guys I interviewed all liked the movie too and were happy they were forced to come to the movie. Pitch Perfect 2 opens today at both AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate 6 in East Alton.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at