Pitch Perfect 3 Parent Guide
Compared to the previous two songfests, this third round has (inexplicably) less crass sexual discussion.
Parent Movie Review
Life after college hasn’t been all that swell for the melodious Bellas. In this third episode of the Pitch Perfect franchise, the a cappella group’s achievement of winning the world championship has now faded and they have dispersed into a variety of humdrum careers.
Only Beca (Anna Kendrick) has managed to land a gig in the music biz, but working as a producer for a second-rate rapper (Moises Arias) who doesn’t want someone meddling with his art falls short of her aspirations. Ten minutes into the movie she arrives at her tiny apartment, shared with former-Bella Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), and announces she quit her job. Considering Fat Amy is struggling to launch a one-woman show on the streets of New York, it’s crunch time for cash.
Fortunately, the script throws the gang an opportunity through Aubrey (Anna Camp). Her top brass military dad gets them a chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour. It sounds like the perfect plan, but it isn’t until they arrive at army base that they discover their “big break” is also a contest with the winner earning the spot of opening act for DJ Khaled.
Fortunately, competition is something the Bellas have proven their abilities with in the past. Unfortunately, the other three groups they are up against are really good. And they have the added support of electric guitars and drums. With only their voices to work with, the odds seem stack against the girls.
So how does this movie, full of female eye candy and catchy tunes, score for families? Compared to the previous two songfests, this third round has (inexplicably) less crass sexual discussion—although Fat Amy is still the purveyor of virtually all sexual remarks. As well, it has better role models for young audiences. Even when one character makes a mistake (like accidentally destroying an important person’s penthouse) or when another yearns for her father’s attention, there’s lots of love and support handed out from all parties.
Surprisingly, there are a couple of scary parts in the third act when this film becomes more of an action piece. Even more astonishing, Rebel Wilson shows her hero chops and stunt work in a well-choreographed fight scene that comes off feeling almost believable. Profanities, though frequent, are mostly mild swear words and terms of deity.
Feeling reminiscent of many 1940s musicals featuring thin plots about putting together a show, Pitch Perfect 3 is all about the music—and the music is great. These actresses actually sing all their parts and their performances are noteworthy! Thankfully, with less innuendo (although there are still a few aca-ward moments) and other elements toned down, young fans of this franchise may be more comfortable checking out the talent of this female-driven movie.Directed by Trish Sie. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Seinfeld, Anna Camp . Running time: 94 minutes. Theatrical release December 22, 2017. Updated December 22, 2017
Pitch Perfect 3
Rating & Content Info
Why is Pitch Perfect 3 rated PG-13? Pitch Perfect 3 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for crude and sexual content, language and some action.
Violence: A trusted character turns out to have negative, ulterior motives. A fight scene depicts two people in hand-to-hand combat using knives and other kitchen items. A fire extinguisher is sprayed on a group of combatants. An explosion rips apart a boat, sending people flying into the water: some serious injuries and/or death are implied but no details are shown. Characters occasionally spar verbally with one another.
Sexual Content: Some sexual comments and innuendo are heard. Slang terms for body parts are heard. Characters accidentally touch others’ private body parts. Some performance costumes are revealing. Characters dance sensually. An unwed woman is expecting and does not know the identity of the child’s father.
Profanity: Mild profanities are heard throughout, including many terms of deity and name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Social drinking is depicted.
Page last updated December 22, 2017
More parents' guide for Pitch Perfect 3 after the break...
Pitch Perfect 3 Parents' Guide
The Bellas are very talented, yet they have a difficult time finding a way to earn a living from their music. Do you know people whose gifts are “just as good” as those who are famous? Why is fame so unpredictable? What are the benefits of using your talents for personal enjoyment versus trying to use them to make a living?
News About "Pitch Perfect 3"
This movie is the third in the Pitch Perfect franchise. It stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Alexis Knapp, Kelley Jake and Rebel Wilson.