Musical


Pitch Perfect 3


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Musical
Runtime:
96 mins
Stars:
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Hana Mae Lee
Director:
Trish Sie
Producer:
Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, Scott Niemeyer

Content at a Glance

1
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
1
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


onscreen kisses

Language


“b******”; “s***”; and more along with crude jokes about genitalia are present throughout

Violence


graphic violence involving weapons such as knives and violent fistfighting

Drugs


No Information

Nudity


short skirts and low-cut tops worn by women throughout

Other


moderate lying with consequences when amy’s father attempts to coerce her


Trailer



Synopsis

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.


Movie Message

The tagline of Pitch Perfect 3, the latest in the franchise, is “Last Call Pitches,” and we can only hope this is the case, for we do not need one more of these. Though some inappropriate humor is present, the first and second movies are cute and original, with hearty laughs to be had by most. This film is a far cry from that. It is sloppily written, a patchwork of tired sub-plots and equally dried-up jokes about vaginas and weight.

 

Teamwork, loyalty, and the power of friendship still drive the major themes, but the songs and performances, which consume the majority of screen time and are painful to witness, are dated and second-rate at best. The Bellas are back at it again in a pathetic attempt to revive their college youth by coming together for one last competition against a “mean girls” band named Evermoist at a USO tour – also a perfect example of the level of humor this film never rises above.

 

It might have served filmmakers well to change things up a bit and use Oscar nominee and critically acclaimed actress Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Emily, as a front person, instead of staying with the same old shtick; it felt as though Anna Kendrick (Beca) and Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) were getting crammed down my throat. They could have done something new, but instead seemed more focused on a paycheck by regurgitating what came before—unsuccessfully. Even DJ Kahlid, who is initiator and judge of the uninspiring competition, is not used smartly, as I felt cheated that he never performs on-screen.

 

Not only must the viewer suffer through endless dated musical numbers, but the subplots about fathers and a documentary being shot about The Bellas are random at best: Fat Amy and Aubrey (Anna Camp) struggle with daddy issues; the former’s Aussie pop, played unconvincingly by John Lithgow, is a hardened criminal, looking to take advantage of his daughter’s inheritance, and the latter simply feels abandoned and ignored by her military parent. About an hour in, the film itself is taken hostage by the actual hostage takeover playing out onscreen, where Lithgow kidnaps and holds The Bellas for ransom. Things reach ridiculous proportions when Amy saves the day, suddenly displaying ninja skills by taking out every henchman on board her father’s yacht where the final explosive scene, given away in the trailer, occurs.

 

Of course, Kendrick is the winner again when Kahlid chooses her (but not the rest of The Bellas) for her so-called unique talent. In the end, she sings “Freedom” at the final performance, an entirely unoriginal song, not written by her. This movie is a disappointment in every way and certainly not worth the price of admission. Stay home with some popcorn and re-watch its predecessors, pretending it ends there.

 

Due to graphic violence involving weapons and crude humor, Dove is unable to give Pitch Perfect 3 a seal of approval.

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