Pitch Perfect 2

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The trials and tribulations of a college a cappella group continue in this sequel to the 2012 film, directed and co-produced by Elizabeth Banks, who also reprises her role of a snarky pageant official. When the group is banned from national competition by virtue of a scandal by one of its singers (Rebel Wilson), its leaders (Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow) seek redemption by going after the world title with the help of a new recruit (Hailee Steinfeld). That means facing off against a German ensemble led by a menacing dominatrix (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen). The film works best when showcasing the catchy tunes and not the dialogue, which is shockingly tone deaf. The attempt at humor by belittling women, foreigners and even religion is out of tune with what should be as wholesome anthem for self-improvement and achievement.

Watch out for: Implied nonmarital relationships, adult themes and innuendo, occasional crude language, and an obscene gesture.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015