Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

  • Time: 93 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Music
  • Director: Trish Sie
  • Cast: Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, John Lithgow, Hailee Steinfeld


After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.


  • Aca-bysmal.
    Rating: 3*

    Why I ask you? Why oh why oh why oh why oh why do the scriptwriters of Pitch Perfect 3 – Kay Cannon (the original PP screenwriter) and Mike White (“The Emoji Movie”) – think that this dreadfully lazy set of loosely connected scenes represent a viable basis for a movie? Is the view from the guys who green-lit this thing that the crowd that loved “Pitch Perfect” and the pretty dreadful sequel “Pitch Perfect 2” will pay their box office money regardless? Let’s advertise the hell out of it and cash in our chips before word of mouth gets out!?

    In this ‘adventure’ the Bellas go on a US Forces overseas tour (though this is not really explained until they suddenly appear in Spain – what? how?). The really REALLY annoying commentators John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks, “Love and Mercy“) tag along, filming some lame half-arsed documentary about them until even the scriptwriters get fed up of that tedious plot-line and it quietly withers on the vine.

    Fat Amy (is this still an acceptable nickname in 2017?) also runs into her nefarious father again after many years (John Lithgow, “Interstellar“, “Daddy’s Home 2“). Lithgow – sporting a wonderful Australian accent – is about the best thing in the film. The “plot” (sorry, I can barely bring myself to use that word) revolves around Daddy trying to get something of Amy’s that he needs, for reasons – given the yacht he sails – that makes no sense whatsoever. Will he succeed? Will the Bellas get selected to headline with DJ Khaled (who is apparently a thing, but I’ve never heard him on BBC Radio 2)? Does anyone really care?

    As my wife pointed out, it’s a bit unfortunate that the only Bellas who are not stick-thin size zeroes are the obese obnoxious one, the black lesbian one and two that nobody knows why they are there. The message to the target female teen audience is clear: if you want to be “in” you’d better diet… hard. Nice.

    What can I say that’s vaguely nice about this monstrosity?

    – Some of the acapella song and dance numbers are fun enough, particularly “Toxic” that opens the film;
    – The closing number by Anna Kendrick (“Table 19“) is quite appealing;
    – There are also about 5 funny lines that made me smile: not laugh… smile;
    – It’s also a relief that John and Gail, unlike in “Pitch Perfect 2“, only come out with one xenophobic/racist comment in the film (and that’s about the French, so that hardly counts 🙂 ).

    And I’m out…

    There will be no doubt die-hard teenage fans who will love this one too. But my wife was a great fan of the first film (as indeed was I); she tolerated the second one; but even she declared this to be “Aca-Awful”. It’s not as toxically dreadful as “Dirty Grandpa“… what could be? But, seriously, life is too short for this.

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  • If nothing else, at least one can rest assured that Pitch Perfect 3 is the final entry in a franchise that should never have been. Released in 2012, the original Pitch Perfect was a crowd-pleasing charmer that made a cappella cool to the general moviegoing public whilst also propounding the power of sisterhood. Though its 2015 sequel was already showing the signs of fatigue, it was still an enjoyable affair. Not so this third instalment, which is about as tired and tiresome as it gets.

    Like most college graduates, the Bellas are now facing the realities of adult life, all of them either working in terrible jobs or not working at all. Eager to reunite, they decide to join a USO tour where they find themselves competing for a chance to be the opening act for DJ Khaled’s upcoming tour against the likes of the all-female rock band Evermoist, fronted by Ruby Rose, who somehow pulls off the somewhat noteworthy feat of making singing look like posing. As per usual, the Bellas engage the other groups in their signature face-offs though any resulting good cheer feels forced and wearying.

    Since slight doesn’t even begin to describe the story, screenwriters Kay Cannon and Mike White decide to what-the-hell proceedings and draft the ever-dependable national treasure that is John Lithgow to play Fergus, Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) long-estranged gangster father who ends up kidnapping the Bellas in order to get his hands on Amy’s $180 million inheritance. Throw in some bland love interests for Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Chloe (Brittany Snow) plus a crisis of conscience for Beca and a chance for Fat Amy to kick some ass, and Pitch Perfect 3 eventually stumbles to its listless end.

    As ever, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins’ play-by-play commentators Gail and John are the most consistent source of laughs as they passive-aggressively document the misadventures of the Bellas.

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