‘Pitch Perfect 2’ sets stage on fire despite offensive jokes, stereotypes

Helena Heslov June 5, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ sets stage on fire despite offensive jokes, stereotypes
‘Pitch Perfect 2’ sets stage on fire despite offensive  jokes, stereotypes
The promotional poster for "Pitch Perfect 2" created by Universal Pictures.
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Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel of the beloved “Pitch Perfect” came out in theaters on May 15. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also stars in the film, the film has definitely surpassed its prequel.

The writer of the movie, Kay Cannon, also writes for hit television shows “30 Rock” and “New Girl,” which makes perfect sense considering how comical the character’s lines are in the movie.

The movie made $69,216,890 in its opening weekend, according to ProBoxOffice.com

The movie begins with a classically fabulous performance by the Barden Bellas, which was moving smoothly until “Fat Amy,” played by Rebel Wilson, goes kaput with a costume malfunction.

As the crowd responds with shock and laughter, we get a glimpse of Michelle and Barack Obama making a quick cameo, reacting hilariously to the unfortunate series of aca-accidents.

The incident prevents the Bellas from participating in any national a cappella events in the future, but of course, the girls find a loophole in the rules. They realize that they technically would be allowed to participate in an international a cappella competition in Copenhagen.

Although Anna Kendrick’s character Becca is meant to be the star of the movie, she really doesn’t appear much after the car show incident until later on, which minimizes her part in the movie compared to “Pitch Perfect.”

A new character named Emily, played by popular actress Hailee Steinfeld, is added to the Bellas. Steinfeld plays a freshman at Barden University whose mother was a Barden Bella in the past, inspiring Emily to carry on the legacy.

As the Bellas begin to practice for their big international competition, Becca misses practices due to her secret internship with a music production company. Also, she barely interacts with her boyfriend Jesse, played by Skylar Astin, which definitely increased the number of sad fangirls.

The Bellas’ standout performances in this sequel include renditions of popular songs such as “Who Run The World (Girls)” by Beyoncé and “Where Them Girls At” by David Guetta, featuring Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida.

In terms of taste level, the movie promoted stereotypes about Guatemalans and Germans. One of the new characters to the movie, Flo, played by Chrissie Fit, seems to portray a character created solely for the purpose of making fun of her Guatemalan nationality.

Fit is actually Cuban, but the writer of the movie made her character from Guatemala have a thick accent, constantly cracking racist jokes about “escaping her country,” furthering racial stereotypes about Guatemala. 

Furthermore, the German a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, sang with exaggerated accents and constantly put down the other members of the competition, fulfilling a typical German stereotype. Although some of the actors in the group are genuinely from Germany, the details were taken a bit too far.

The movie got a 68 percent on the “tomatometer” on Rotten Tomatoes. Overall the movie was very enjoyable and brought laughter to theaters all around the world, despite some racist aspects of the film.

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