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Totally off-key: Pitch Perfect 3 review by Rashid Irani

The all-girl a capella group has reunited, but they’re quickly struck by the curse of the threequel.

movie reviews Updated: Jan 09, 2018 12:00 IST
Rashid Irani
This time, the women are off to Europe to participate in a competition for the benefit of the US Armed Forces. From the songs to the performances, everything has a rote, third-hand feel to it.
This time, the women are off to Europe to participate in a competition for the benefit of the US Armed Forces. From the songs to the performances, everything has a rote, third-hand feel to it.
PITCH PERFECT 3
  • Direction: Trish Sie
  • Actors: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
  • Rating: 1 / 5

They may have gone their separate ways after graduating from college but the all-girl a cappella group grabs the opportunity to reunite in this third (and reportedly final) installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the endeavor is soon hit by the curse of the threequel.

The recycled narrative is set in motion when the sisterhood of champions heads to Europe to participate in a competition for the benefit of the US Armed Forces.

This time, they have to contend with rival bands that compose their own tunes and even provide instrumental backup. Celebrated hip-hop producer DJ Khaled is roped in to judge the event.

There is none of the energy and freshness of the preceding editions. From the songs to the performances, everything has a rote, third-hand feel to it.

The script veers into ludicrous territory with the introduction of subplots involving a cartoonish criminal (John Lithgow) and a making-of documentary duo (Elizabeth Banks-John Michael Higgins).

Director Trish Sie manages to stage a couple of dance-powered routines, most notably a rendition of George Michael’s ‘Freedom’ led by Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. But that’s about it.