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World War II jokes, Bel Biv Devoe’s "Poison," and Fat Amy showing her vagina to President Barack Obama? Yeah, the new Pitch Perfect 2 trailer brought out the big guns. Check it out right now:
After an all-too-brief Super Bowl teaser spot that relied heavily on the presence of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Pitch Perfect 2 roars back with a full trailer that finally goes into detail about the sequel’s plot. As you can see, the Barden Bellas are banished from competition after Amy (Rebel Wilson) suffers an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction that rivals Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl gaffe. Now, the only way that the team can get reinstated is to win an international competition that routinely makes America look like chumps. Do you think that they have a chance, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks?
Duly noted. There are a few things at play in this extended look at Pitch Perfect 2. We get new songs, which will be the cornerstone of the movie’s success. Crowds dug the way that a capella groups reworked classic pop songs in the original Pitch Perfect, and they’ll likely show up wanting to hear great renditions of different songs in the sequel. We also get a longer look at then international competition, which looks to lean heavily on stereotypes Americans have of anyone outside of our borders.
Finally, though, the last segment of the trailer sells the camaraderie shared by these beautiful singers. That chemistry helped power the first Pitch Perfect up the box office charts in 2012. The first movie made $65 million domestically. Can this new one build on that success?
Pitch Perfect 2 sees the return of the entire Pitch cast, from Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson to Adam DeVine, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow. We’ll see newcomers in Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Katey Segal, as well as the transition of Elizabeth Banks from simple co-star to director and co-star. This will be Banks’ directorial debut, and she’s taking on a big challenge committing to an anticipated sequel as her first go-round. >Pitch Perfect 2 will be in theaters on May 15, where it will offer a musical-comedy alternative to the machismo summer blockbusters of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road. Which one will you buy tickets to?