Pitch Perfect 3 (2017 Movie)

Posted 2017/12/2250

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore and written by Kay Cannon. It features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks. The plot follows Barden University’s all-girl a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film is loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory. Filming concluded in December 2011, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on September 24, 2012 and was released on September 28, 2012 in the United States. The film received positive reviews from critics and became a sleeper hit earning over $115 million worldwide, and becoming the second-highest-grossing music comedy film of all time behind School of Rock. It is the first film in the film series and was followed by two sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).

 

 

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Synopsis :

At a 2011 national a cappella competition, Barden University’s all-female a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, perform well until Aubrey Posen (Anna Camp) projectile vomits on the audience during her solo. They are publicly humiliated, losing the competition. Four months later, newly arrived Barden freshman Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) has no desire to attend college, but she is forced to do so by her father (John Benjamin Hickey), a professor at the university, with whom Beca has a strained relationship. Wishing she could instead pursue a career as a music producer in Los Angeles, Beca spends her time making mash-up mixes of songs and takes up an internship at the school radio station, where she gets to know fellow freshman Jesse Swanson (Skylar Astin).

When Beca’s father discovers she has not been attending classes, he comes to her with a proposition: if she joins a club and still does not want to remain at college after one year, he will allow her to leave college, and he will pay for Beca to move to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. After some persuasion from Chloe Beale (Brittany Snow) the co-leader of the Bellas along with Aubrey, she reluctantly joins the Barden Bellas. Aubrey does not initially approve of recruiting Beca, but yields nonetheless due to a desperate need for members and Beca’s talent. Beca joins alongside a group of other women who do not fit the Bellas’ typical mold: Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean), Stacie Conrad (Alexis Knapp), Lilly Onakurama (Hana Mae Lee), and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson). Jesse is also revealed to have joined the Bellas’ all-male rival group, the Treblemakers, but his roommate Benji (Ben Platt) was rejected after being called weird by Bumper (Adam DeVine).

The Bellas participate in the southeastern regional competition at Carolina University where, at Aubrey’s insistence, they perform the same medley that helped the Bellas advance to the finals the previous year. In spite of their old set list, the group manages to place second, thanks to Fat Amy putting her own spin on her solo, which sends them to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, disaster strikes for Beca when the Treblemakers cause an uproar with an old a capella group after the competition. The Bellas try to intervene, but Beca and Fat Amy accidentally smash a window with the trophy, which alerts a police officer standing outside who then arrests her. Jesse kindly waits for Beca outside the police station, but makes matters worse by getting her father involved in the situation, who is furious and tells Beca that he will no longer pay for her to move to Los Angeles because of the incident. This infuriates Beca, which turns her budding friendship with Jesse sour. In the meantime, Beca suggests to the Bellas to try to be more daring, but Aubrey insists that they will win with the repertoire the group has always used in the past.

At the semi-finals, Beca provides an impromptu layering of one of her favorite songs into the traditional song on the Bellas’ set list in an attempt to reinvigorate the crowd after they seemed to have lost interest. Even though the audience seemed to enjoy Beca’s remix, the Bellas come in third in the competition behind the Treblemakers and the Footnotes. Aubrey becomes furious with Beca, who in turn quits, with the Bellas losing on their chance to advance due to their third place ranking. Benji, however, finds out that the Footnotes have recruited a high school student into their team and reports it, causing their disqualification and simultaneously advancing the Bellas to the finals by default. They re-form after spring break, with the notable exception of Beca. During rehearsals, Chloe stands up against Aubrey’s stubbornness. The group starts to fall apart, which sparks a fight. Meanwhile, Beca tries to apologize to Jesse, which he declines. Beca then apologizes to the Bellas for her actions during the semi-finals and asks to have another chance, which Aubrey eventually allows. After having a group heart-to-heart conversation, the Bellas decide to adopt Beca’s more modern and original music style. Aubrey and Chloe relinquish their leadership to Beca. Meanwhile, Treblemakers leader Bumper leaves after being offered a job as a back-up singer for John Mayer. With Bumper gone, Jesse persuades the Trebles to let Benji join the group in Bumper’s place.

At the a cappella national competition, the Treblemakers perform, with Benji performing for the first time. The Bellas sing a piece arranged by Beca, which includes “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” a song featured in The Breakfast Club, one of Jesse’s favorite movies. This acts as a more effective apology from Beca, and after the performance, she and Jesse kiss. The Bellas win the national competition, and six months later auditions for new members take place.

 

Cast :

The Barden Bellas
  • Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, an introverted and rebellious 18-year-old freshman who joins the Barden Bellas to appease her professor father and finds herself starting to enjoy being a part of the Bellas and ends up becoming the new leader.
  • Anna Camp as Aubrey Posen, the uptight and traditionalist co-leader of the Bellas. She is 22. She doesn’t like Beca’s attitude at first, but later she decides to let Beca lead the Bellas.
  • Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, the kinder and more civil co-leader of the Bellas. She is 21. She had nodes before they were removed during the spring break. After Beca leads the Bellas, Chloe hits low notes.
  • Rebel Wilson as Patricia “Fat Amy”, a comical member from Australia who is 19.
  • Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakurama, a strange quietly-spoken student but a talented beatboxer. After Beca leads the Bellas, she becomes audible.
  • Alexis Knapp as Stacie Conrad, a highly sexually driven member of the Bellas.
  • Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose Adams, a soul singer.
  • Kelley Alice Jakle as Jessica, bubbly yet absent-minded.
  • Shelley Regner as Ashley, a beatboxer.
  • Wanetah Walmsley as Denise, the group’s original bassist. She is presumed to be an ex-lover of Cynthia Rose because she mouths, “l still love you,” as Cynthia Rose “confesses” to being a lesbian.
The Treblemakers
  • Skylar Astin as Jesse Swanson, an outgoing Barden freshman at the age of 18 who hopes to one day become a film score composer. He joins the Barden Treblemakers. After Bumper left the Treblemakers, Jesse takes lead and take Benji into the team.
  • Ben Platt as Benji Applebaum, Jesse’s roommate, friend, and an illusionist. A fan of the Treblemakers, he was rejected during auditions. However, he became a Treblemaker after Jesse takes lead.
  • Adam DeVine as Bumper Allen, the 22-year-old egotistical leader of the Treblemakers. Before The Finals, he got a call and decided to leave the Treblemakers. He gave Jesse his place.
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Donald, Bumper’s right-hand man, who beatboxes, raps, and is a lead vocalist. He had sex with Kori, leading to her expulsion from the Barden Bellas.
  • Michael Viruet as Unicycle
  • David Del Rio as Kolio
  • Gregory Gorenc as Greg
  • Wes Lagarde as “Hat.” He is never referred to by his real name; Hat is Bumper’s nickname for him.
  • Steven Bailey as Steven
  • Brian Silver as Brian
  • Michael Anaya as Michael
Additional Characters
  • Kether Donohue as Alice, the former leader of the Bellas when Aubrey and Chloe were juniors.
  • Nicole Lovince as Kori, a former member of the Bellas who was kicked out for having sex with Donald, one of the Treblemakers.
  • Caroline Fourmy as Mary Elise, a former member of the Bellas who was also kicked out for having sex with a Treblemaker.
  • Freddie Stroma as Luke, the radio station manager who plays Beca’s DJ mixes on the air. He refers to Beca as “Becky”.
  • Jinhee Joung as Kimmy-Jin, Beca’s Korean American roommate, whose initial cold reception leads Beca to ask if she can speak English.
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Tommy, the university’s constantly harassed audition launcher.
  • John Michael Higgins as John Smith, a commentator for the ICCAs.
  • Elizabeth Banks as Gail Abernathy-McKadden, a commentator for the ICCAs.
  • John Benjamin Hickey as Dr. Benjamin Mitchell, Beca’s father, a professor at the college, who insists that she attend classes and get involved
  • Drew Seeley as male voice #5, he sings for the Treblemakers
  • Donald Faison, Har Mar Superstar, Jason Jones, and Joe Lo Truglio as the Tonehangers, an acapella group made of graduated ex-Treblemakers.

 

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