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Pitch Perfect 3  : Imperfect Jamming
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Friday, January 5, 2018
Trish Sie
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp

The Bellas are back for one last gig together. The girls who introduced most of us to the delights of a cappella which is singing without accompaniment, go on a USO tour of Europe with the military.After facing the real world which hasn’t been like the candyfloss college days, they sorely need the warmth and the bonding.The difference between college and now comes out well when they get a room each on this tour which Beca, their natural leader, is grown-up and blasé about before the guys in uniform. But the minute nobody’s looking, they tiptoe and huddle together in one room.


There should always be some competition. So this time it’s the chance to do the opening act with DJ Khaled. Can The Bellas stand up to groups that jam with a whole lot of instruments? Or should their junk their a cappella and pick up instruments like the others? 


Sadly, writers Kay Cannon and Mike White soon run out of new notes to add. It’s barely comic when the girls ogle the military guys, trash the DJ’s suite and Fat Amy has a long and emotionally draining story with her gangster father. Girls dying to have their dads watch them perform is an oft-repeated emotion. A rival band of girls that’s only plain snooty, sprinkles no spice on the story. A kidnap with Fat Amy turning into a one-woman army is neither heart-in-the-mouth nor roll-in-the-aisles.


Director Trish Sie’s chick flick manages to put across The Bellasas the family they all need, a family that unites when Beca gets a big break. And for the young who want to watch it just for the music, there are some foot-tapping riffs.


Anna Kendrick has a certain gravitas that makes her lead The Bellas competently as Beca. Although Fat Amy is sometimes gross, Rebel Wilson plays her well.


But this is clearly a franchise that’s running out of steam.


For a musical that’s driven bya substantial thought but builds on it frivolously, Pitch Perfect 3 gets a 2* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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