There are two typical reactions to a sequel: the first is utter horror. The pleasure of the first movie is stripped away and replaced with questions about why you even bothered seeing the sequel.
The second reaction is utter joy. You loved the first movie and the joy is compounded by the second movie. Thankfully, Pitch Perfect 2 is not the horror it could have been.
At the start of the film, the Barden Bellas are on top of their game. They are performing for the President when Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) has an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. The reputation of the Bellas is down the tubes. To save their reputations, the Bellas agree to what seems to be an impossible obstacle: win an international competition where they will competing with acapella groups around the world. But no American team has ever won.
The leader of the Bellas, Beca (Anna Kendrick) is not only dealing with the upcoming competition, but she is starting an internship at a record company. Added to the plot are two subplots: the newest Bella, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), whose mother, Katherine (Katey Sagal) was part of the Barden Bellas in the 1980’s. There is also a will they or won’t they relationship between Fat Amy and Bumper (Adam DeVine).
This movie is aca-awesome. It could have been the typical sequel, but it wasn’t. It still contains the same humor (some of which is not exactly politically correct) and the music is completely catchy.
I highly recommend it.