Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Alexis Knapp, Kelley Jakie, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins
Plot: After indecent exposure at the ICCA’s, the Barden Bellas are banned from competing in the collegiate acapella competition. To protect their name as defending champs, they must win the World ICCA competition.
Overall: I applaud Elizabeth Banks on her directorial debut. However, while I wasn’t disappointed by any means, I think this film fell short of the first. There are definitely lots of laughs and great character development. My critics include: “What song did they choose at the auditions??? [from the end of the first film—I wish it picked up from there],” I didn’t like the time lapses—where suddenly they’re in their senior year (Beca and all the new Bellas from the first), I wanted a little more background on the evolution of the other characters, a more intense interaction between the Bellas. Like I said, I wasn’t disappointed by any means, but there were definitely areas of improvement. I waited three years for a sequel, so I wanted this film to be better than the first. At most, it’s as good as the first.