The Bellas' performance at the Lincoln Center on the occasion of President Obama's birthday is nothing short of disastrous. Amy's (Wilson) pants split wide open mid-air and the audience is left aghast. Soon after, the group is barred from performing in singing events. They find a loophole, however and can get back their credibility by winning an international competition that no American vocal group has ever won.
The Bellas' reputation is in shambles thanks to Amy's out-of-control solo and mid-air wardrobe malfunction but from the ashes of their tattered reputation, Beca (Kendrick, in a decidedly endearing performance) makes a deal with their Barden College principal. The Bellas will be allowed to perform again in the country if they achieve the impossible - winning a singing championship in Copenhagen.
It's a very tall order for Beca, Amy, Chloe (Snow), Stacie (Knapp), Lilly (Lee), Cynthia (Dean), Flo (Fit) and Ashley (Regner) but they have no choice but to sing like they've never sung before. The Bellas realize they need to step up their game when they come up against their towering Teutonic rivals, called Das Sound Machine, helmed by Kommissar (Sorensen) and Kramer (Borg) who perform songs like 'Insane In Ze Membrane'. Beca's romance with Jesse (Austin) also keeps things interesting, as do the bits where we see her interning at Residual Heat, a recording studio. The humour (the gags are mostly on point) is delightfully irreverent and while the supporting Bellas do their bit, it is Beca, Chloe and Amy who stand out.
The most enjoyable aspect about Pitch Perfect 2 is the singing. The vocals are polished, joyful and the interplay between the trained voices is seamless, forming a delightful musical tapestry. This more than makes up for some of the negatives, such as the uneven script and the sometimes jerky transitions between set pieces. But then again, if you watch this film, you're not going to do so for scintillating dialogues. By and large, PP2 is a fun film with its best moments being of the musical variety.