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Pitch Perfect 3 (2/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 94 minutes


 This isn’t the worst movie of the century (there was, after all, an original Pitch Perfect in 2012), but it is certainly on the list. Apparently aimed at 13 year old girls, the puerile story is lowlighted by an infantile script, deplorable acting, unappealing characters, and lots of 21st-Century noise masquerading as “music” that is worse than dreadful. Its low quality (no discernable or memorable melodies, insipid lyrics) is masked by outstanding production values and loud woofers and tweeters.

In the unlikely event someone out there wants to know more about this unwatchable film, it tells the story of the Barden Bellas, who formed in college and his story was poorly told in the aforementioned original. It was led by Beca (Anna Kendrick, who seems to be making a career of appearing in truly horrible movies, to wit, this year’s Table 19). None of the Bellas are going to set the world on fire with their voices and how they could be the basis for three movies is truly beyond comprehension.

But making the movie even worse, if that’s possible, is the performance of Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy. She’s vulgar and disgusting and far from funny.

Also contributing to the lack of enjoyment of this film are Elizabeth banks and John Michael Higgins who play a documentary film pair and who were in the previous two films, also. Their performances hit rock bottom here.

But that’s not all. John Lithgow appears as Fat Amy’s father. He is supposed to be an international assassin. He joins the rest of the cast in that he contributes not an iota of humor to the film.

Giving credit where credit is due, the film is directed by Trish Sie, the third director of these three films. The first was awful; the second, directed by Banks, was actually pretty good. But this one certainly spells finis for this awful franchise. In fact, the only thing perfect about this film is its awfulness.

There are outtakes under the end credits, but I couldn’t take any more and left before they played.