Pitch Perfect 3 – Stomach-Grabbing Funny With a Touching Side

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. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Talia J. comments, “Pitch Perfect 3 is a hilarious film that hits the other two Pitch Perfect films out of the ballpark. Not only is this film stomach-grabbing funny, but it has a touching and emotional side to it as well.” Kimbirly Orr follows with, “This girl-group franchise does not disappoint and has a powerful soundtrack, which moved me to chair dancing, and I was not alone.” See their full reviews below.

Pitch Perfect 3
By Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Pitch Perfect 3 is a hilarious film that hits the other two Pitch Perfect films out of the ballpark. Not only is this film stomach-grabbing funny, but it has a touching and emotional side to it as well.

Pitch Perfect 3 follows the fantastic acapella college singing girls, The Bellas. The girls are now in the real world, but decide to reunite and sing overseas together for a USO (United Service Organization) tour. The girls embark on a fun and crazy journey that allows them to go out with a bang.

Aca-scuse me! There is another Pitch Perfect? I am a huge fan of the Pitch Perfect franchise because of how hilarious and unique the films are. The most unique aspect of these films is the singing. The singing in this film is simply beautiful. Anna Kendrick, who plays Beca, has such a fantastic voice. When she is on screen, people hold their breath in anticipation to hear her sing. Everytime I go to a Pitch Perfect movie I always come out humming a tune. The one disappointing thing about this film is that there is not as much singing as I would have liked. This is the third in the franchise and I expected a lot more singing. Singing is crucial to these films because it is what connects to every demographic. Pitch Perfect films tend be geared towards older audiences, due to inappropriate jokes, however the singing is for a much wider audience. More songs would connect a much larger audience to this film.

This movie is still one of the most hilarious films of the year. I expected a couple of puns and jokes, but my expectations were far exceeded. There are many comedic moments that will make theater goers grab their stomach in laughter. Most of the jokes are inappropriate for younger kids since they are “dirty jokes.” Still, they are very crucial to the movie as they make it feel more upbeat.

There is no Pitch Perfect without Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson). She is, and will always be, the comedic relief the film needs. She is a blunt and lovable character. What makes Fat Amy such an interesting character is the fact that no one ever knows what she is going to do next. My favorite scene is when Fat Amy hijacks a boat and manages to fight her way through it. Who knew she is such a good fighter? Fat Amy will always be the most hilarious character in this franchise.

There are always cameos from famous actors in the Pitch Perfect films such as Snoop Dogg in the last one. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard D.J. Kaelen was going to be in this third film. His cameo is absolutely perfect! At one point, he plays the piano beautifully. I had no idea how good he was. He also brings subtle humor to the film, which gets a thumbs up by me.

The theme is that family doesn’t have to be blood related. I have seen these girls evolve into a family over the years. In this film, they come to realize that they will always have each others’ backs, no matter what the situation.

I give this film a 5 out of 5 soprano stars. The jokes are amazing, characters are unique and the singing is wonderful. I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18 and older audiences will fall in love with this movie as well. This film comes out on December 22, 2017 so go check it out!

Pitch Perfect 3
By Kimbirly Orr, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

Before Pitch Perfect hit the scene in 2012, not many knew the power of a cappella. This girl-group franchise does not disappoint and has a powerful soundtrack, which moved me to chair dancing, and I was not alone.

When we last saw the Barden Bellas, they won the world championship, graduated from college and went on a journey to create careers, which did not involve crafting sounds with their mouths. So how did this work out?

In the third franchise film, the Bellas reunite for one last singing event at an overseas USO tour. Much to their chagrin, their competition is a group who uses both instruments and voices. What!?!

While loyal fans of this franchise will love the film, others may see a plot gone array, as the beautiful Bellas go on an adventure in search of a song. Our Bella songstress leader, Beca (Anna Kendrick), longs to be in the music industry, In Pitch Perfect 2, we witnessed her challenge to be noticed as a music producer. In the “be careful what you wish for” files, we see her journey to a not fantastic, perhaps demeaning record label job. Her lack of enthusiasm is palpable, and we feel her joy as she leaves a position where she is not respected.

In other parts of the world, the songstress sisters have similar experiences. Chloe (Brittany Snow) endures attempts to succeed in veterinary school, while Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) struggles for an audience as ‘Fat Amy Winehouse’, an impersonation.

If you don’t succeed, try, try again. Right? The Bellas learn of a U.S.O. Tour and set forth to compete for the prize to perform as the opening act for record producer D.J. Khaled (appearing as himself).

There are new themes in the latest film from the Pitch Perfect franchise. We see new performers, competition twists and Dads. What?! Yes, there is a recurring Dad theme, and I won’t spoil this for you, dear reader.

My favorite part of this film is the camaraderie. It never disappoints. Most true bands of friends never do. I recommend this film for ages 10 to 18 plus adults. While there are a few language issues, and themes of fathers who are MIA, this is a laugh-out-loud fun film with a soundtrack many will love no matter what decade they hail from. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars! It entertains!






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