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PITCH PERFECT 3 review

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It’s been 2 years since we last saw the Bellas, winning the World Championships and adding a new member to their acapella group.  Now, the girls are enjoying their retirement, or so they lead each other to believe.  Beca (Anna Kendrick) is working as a music producer for a shoddy artist.  Fed-up with her career, she quits with the hope to spark her drive and desire for something greater.  Living with Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Chloe (Brittany Snow), the Bellas are invited to a “reunion” event, only to have their heart’s broken when they realize that they won’t be performing, the current Barden Bellas are.  IN-search of some way to recapture the magic, the girls pull some strings and end-up on a USO Salute-to-Service Tour, where they encounter artists of multiple backgrounds in what happens to be a competition.

The best artist/group will be hand-picked to open up the main show for DJ Khaled.  Along for the ride (filming a documentary) are Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins).  As Amy’s long lost father finds himself back in the picture, the Bellas find themselves in their most dangerous situation yet!  As you can see, this film has one of the most lucrative, far-fetched plots of 2017, but this film surely already has its’ audience and they will look right past it.  For “Pitch Perfect 3”, the original crew is back-together once again.  Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe, Aubrey (Anna Camp), Emily (Hailey Steinfeld), Cynthia Rose (Esther Dean), Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), Jessica (Kelley Jakle), Ashley (Shelley Regner), and Flo (Chrissie Fit) are all together and loving every minute of it.  Their chemistry is truly something to admire, and it shines-through scene-after-scene.  Also returning are the comedic power couple, played by Banks and Higgins; and the two of them offer laugh-after-laugh with their zany punchlines.  Newcomers John Lithgow (Fergus) and Matt Lanter (Chicago), and Guy Burnet (Theo) round-out the supporting cast.  Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly laugh, cry, and cheer throughout the film’s brisk 93 minute running time, but outsiders beware.  While hearing pop culture songs in acapella can be entertaining, the effect does wear-off after a while.  I’ll admit, “Pitch Perfect 3” made me laugh out-loud a number of times, but casual moviegoers may find this film to be underwhelming.

“Pitch Perfect 3” represents the closing chapter in the Barden Bellas saga.  Singing, dancing, and laughing their-way throughout the film; fans of the Bellas are sure to be entertained!  However, there are much better choices awaiting you at the theater this Holiday season for the non-fans.  And that is perfectly fine, the film knows who its audience is and it sets-out to blow them away; and if my sister’s reaction (she’s a huge fan!), they have absolutely succeeded!  So get ready girls, the Bellas are back! 

 3/5

PITCH PERFECT 3 is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some action, in theaters DECEMBER 22ND!

 

 

 

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