The first Pitch Perfect was lightning in a bottle — it was a sleeper hit that worked the trending a aapella genre for full effect and spawned a radio hit with Anna Kendrick singing the cover for Cups, aka When I’m Gone.
Pitch Perfect 3 brings the Barden Bellas back together for one last go, this time as an overseas touring group for the USO. Hoping to relive their glory days, the Bellas — who have seen their lives outside of the group diminish — compete on an uneven playing field against music groups and DJs vying for a spot as DJ Khaled’s opening act.
Meanwhile, Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) father Fergus (John Lithgow) hopes to build a relationship with his estranged daughter, and Beca (Anna Kendrick) shows off her producing chops when she sits in for an impromptu session at Khaled’s traveling mixing board.
There’s an explosion, a happy ending for all, and a few sweet performances along the way along with some sexual innuendo and physical humor for effect.
Overall, it’s a movie for Pitch Perfect fans who’ve watched the first one too many times and need a bit of variance. It serves its purpose if you don’t walk into it expecting too much — the plot is meager, the drama is plastic, and there’s about as much character development as a two-course meal at a fast food restaurant.
It’s a shame the series has to go out on a low note, especially because the potential was there to make this one big send-off. It feels like one big rushed production that skimped out on everything that made the first film such a delight.