Pitch Perfect 3
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
There are outtakes
under the end credits, but I couldn’t take any more and left before they