On behalf of the whole staff of This Rotten Week (me), we’d like to extend a big Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there it applies to. And to honor those mothers out there, I see no more fitting tribute than to talk about a Mad Max remake and a Pitch Perfect sequel. Happy Mother’s Day!

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Pitch Perfect 2
Rotten Watch Prediction
In the hardcore and ever-changing world of competitive a capella singing, one must always be on his/her game. It’s a cutthroat world of polyrhythms and counterpoints, arrangements and codas it pays to be on top of your game. When harmonies and melodies are the name of your game you better be hardcore to the bone. And hardcore is the exact word to describe the Barden Bellas. When we last saw them they had crooned their way to the top. But this sequel has them having to start from the bottom again. The classic a cappella tale.

Check them out in the trailer for Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect (81%) was a surprise hit that garnered a fair amount of critical acclaim. A movie that poked fun at the world of college a capella, while also celebrating it meant a flick long on laughs while also featuring some good tunes. It was an enjoyable watch, far from a great film, but accomplishing what it set out to do. The question now is whether a good first effort is enough to carry a sequel.

One reason Pitch Perfect worked was that it snuck up on you. The bar is higher now, and that could lead to some lower critical marks. That and I think it will be difficult for the movie to avoid going back to the same well for jokes and story lines. Of course, I wouldn’t blame anyone for giving it another go around, but there’s a good chance this is just a repeat performance with diminishing returns. It’s a trap many sequels fall into and from watching the trailer, I think Pitch Perfect 2 might fall victim. It won’t dumpster dive of course, but I think there’s a hard ceiling on how much mileage you can get out of competitive a cappella singing.

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