Film Review: Girls Really Do Run The World in “Pitch Perfect 2”

The musical-comedy Pitch Perfect 2 earned $70 million during its opening weekend, making it the biggest movie musical opening of all time. This comes as no surprise considering the original pitch-slapped the world and became a pop culture phenomenon. The song “Cups” became a chart-topping hit, catchphrases were born, and a new spotlight was shone on the world of a capella.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks in her directorial debut and written by Kay Cannon, the sequel follows the Barden Bellas in their final year of college. After a humiliating wardrobe malfunction (with Fat Amy bringing new meaning to the term, ‘thunder from down under’) at their Lincoln Center showcase, the girls find themselves stripped of their performing duties and potentially disbanded for good, unless they can restore themselves to their former glory by winning the World Championships. The Bellas must band together and rediscover their sound to beat their biggest competition yet in the form of German a capella powerhouses, Das Sound Machine.

Together with my fellow Pitch Perfect enthusiast, Katherine Hernandez, we review the sequel to the smash hit original, discussing the new stories and characters, what was on-key and off-key, and how it stacks up to its predecessor.

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***Warning: this movie review contains spoilers.

Movie Review: A Magical “Cinderella” Moment

Once upon a time, little girls everywhere daydreamed of having their Cinderella moment, just like the one from the timeless children’s tale. Today, they can waltz into the theatre and watch as the fairy tale fantasy comes to life in Disney’s new live-action film starring the iconic princess (which reigned at the box office with an opening weekend total of $70 million).

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Highlights from the 2015 Oscars

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Cheers To You… Lupita Nyong’o

It was a real-life fairy tale come to life for Lupita Nyong’o, who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 12 Years a Slave at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

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Oscars 2014

Oscars 2014: Predictions, Hopes and Snubs

The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday, and as awards season winds down, it’s once again time to see who will take home the top honors in acting and film. Here at The Hudsucker we try our hand at predicting the winners in some of the major categories. A few of our lovely writers and resident cinephiles – Bo DietrickCathie DillardMeg QuinnJanna JeffreyKatherine HernandezTania Hussain, and Elizabeth The – also share their thoughts on who they’d vote for if they were members of the Academy and who they feel got snubbed.

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The Oscars air live on Sunday March 2nd at 7pm EST/4pm PST on ABC.