Pitch Perfect 3

Out Now On-Demand

Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld and writer Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect 2) return for the third entry in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect series.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music - and some questionable decisions - one last time.

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Comedy, Music

93mins

Rating: M Sexual references

USA

In attempting a minor reinvention for its third outing, the Pitch Perfect franchise introduces action thriller elements, international locations and DJ Khaled (playing himself, terribly), but is once again driven forward by the considerable charm of its principal cast and their irresistible musical mash-ups.

With their a cappella championship days behind them, mournfully so, the Bellas eagerly come back together when Aubrey's (Anna Camp) military father recruits them for a tour of American overseas army bases. Their competitive instincts kick in when they learn they'll be facing off against several other (non a capella) groups for the chance to perform on live television. Later, they get kidnapped.

There's a stronger emphasis on the series' kooky sense of knowing humour – one of the funniest moments has Beca (Anna Kendrick) slapping away a plastic cup in an acknowledgment of Kendrick's unlikely smash hit single Cups, which accompanied the first film.

This entry also ditches Beca's and Amy's (Rebel Wilson) love interests (so don't expect to see Adam Devine's Bumper or Skyler Astin's Jesse) and drafts in John Lithgow to ham it up as Amy's Aussie father, a character whose intentions seem a tad out of place in what is otherwise a reasonably lighthearted affair. Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter Two) also shows up as the leader of one of the rival groups.

The particulars ultimately don't really matter, however, when the main cast commands such a huge amount of goodwill from their audience. For all its frivolity, fans should be more than satisfied with this final run around the track. And the musical numbers are simply delightful.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Not so much a story as a victory lap…

TimeOut (New York)

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The movie is best when it's focused on the music (prepare to hear the dorkiest version of "Toxic" more times than is healthy), not the silly subplots that have a way of sprouting up around third chapters.

Stuff.co.nz (Sarah Watt)

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Pitch Perfect 3 is not exactly the epitome of 21st century, post-Weinstein, feminist cinema.

Total Film (UK)

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This last (?) encore feels a little tired, but fans will still feel the urge to raise their lighters/glowing phones.

Los Angeles Times

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A coarse, ugly, pointlessly action-packed reminder that every modestly sharp and amusing property must eventually be converted, by the commercial logic of Hollywood, into a soul-killing cash grab.

New York Times

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With a plot as unfocused as its freshly graduated characters, the shaggy "Pitch Perfect 3" gets by on karaoke logic: What makes for a good time isn't the song you sing, but the company you keep.

Hollywood Reporter

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Whatever charms the first two movies possessed (and they were considerable thanks to the talented and appealing cast) have been thoroughly lost in this soulless installment.

Variety (USA)

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The movie is bubbly, it's fast, it's hella synthetic-clever, and it's an avid showcase for the personalities of its stars...

The Guardian (UK)

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It looks like these performers are genuinely enjoying themselves, and it's infectious. Despite the preposterous escapades and the self-destructive satire, at the end of it all, there's something real left standing.