Pitch Perfect 3 is a 2017 American musical comedy film directed by
Trish Sie and written by
Kay Cannon and Mike White. A sequel to Pitch
Perfect 2 (2015), and the third and final installment in the Pitch
Perfect series, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson,
Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie
Fit, Alexis Knapp, John Lithgow, Matt Lanter, Ruby Rose, Kelley Jakle,
Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks, and John Michael Higgins. The film
follows the Bellas, now graduated from college, reuniting for one
final performance together during an overseas USO tour.
Principal photography on the film began in January 2017 in Atlanta,
Georgia and ended in April 2017. The film was released in the United
States on December 22, 2017, received mixed reviews from critics, and
has grossed $183 million worldwide. It became the second
highest-grossing musical comedy film of all time, behind only its
2.1 The Bellas
2.2 Additional characters
4.1 Box office
4.2 Critical response
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Three years after the events of the second movie, the Bellas have
graduated college, but have jobs which they all hate. Desperate to see
each other again to sing once more, Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy
(Rebel Wilson), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Aubrey (Anna Camp), Lilly (Hana
Mae Lee), Stacie (Alexis Knapp), Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean), Florencia
(Chrissie Fit), Jessica (Kelley Jakle), and Ashley (Shelley Regner)
are all thrilled to learn that Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), now a senior
at Barden and leader of the Barden Bellas, has seemingly asked for the
Bellas to reunite at an event in
New York Aquarium
New York Aquarium to sing with each
other once more. Upon arriving at the reunion they are told that the
reunion was not for the Bellas to sing together, but to watch Emily
sing with the new Bellas.
They later gather at a bar in disappointment and Emily apologizes as
she thought it would be the only way for them to see each other again.
They all express how much they miss each other. Suddenly, Aubrey
convinces them to join a USO performance accessed by her Army officer
father. If they win the competition, they get to open for DJ Khaled.
The Bellas gladly accept, all except for Stacie who is eight months
pregnant at the moment and is unable to go with them. The Bellas later
arrive at a hangar where two soldiers, Chicago (Matt Lanter) and Zeke
(Troy Ian Hall) introduce them to their competition, revealed to be
three other groups who use instruments, unlike the Bellas. When the
band Evermoist, led by their leader Calamity (Ruby Rose) begin to mock
and belittle the Bellas, the competitors are challenged to a riff-off
by the Bellas, who leave defeated when the other groups compete using
their musical instruments.
The Bellas are taken to a fancy hotel in Spain, where Chloe begins to
catch an eye for Chicago. Fat Amy finds an old stuffed bunny sitting
in her bed, which she recognizes as an old toy she used to hold when
she was very little as her father Fergus (John Lithgow) sang her to
sleep every night. Amy then realizes that her father is staying in the
same hotel she is in and is shocked upon the discovery, seeing as how
Fergus is an international criminal. Later that night, the Bellas are
invited to a party at DJ Khaled's suite at the hotel, where Fat Amy
splits with the group when she is called to be at a poker tournament.
The tournament was set up by Fergus, who promptly begs for Amy to be
back in his life. A hesitant Amy finally agrees to do so after seeing
how much he has changed. Beca, after having her breasts grabbed by
Chloe, who develops a friendship with DJ Khaled's music producer Theo
(Guy Burnet), is taken to DJ Khaled's music editing room. Beca
produces a mix which impresses Theo who is prompted to send the mix to
DJ Khaled. Moments later, the party is thrown into chaos when Aubrey
accidentally sets the suite on fire.
The Bellas are left in disgrace after the incident with no hopes of
winning the competition until Stacie calls the girls to inform she has
given birth to a baby girl and named her Bella. This motivates the
Bellas to just perform their hearts out without trying to win. Back at
the USO competition, the Bellas perform tremendously to adoring crowds
through different performances, repairing their reputation and chances
to win in the process. Fergus is accepted by Amy, who believes he came
to one of their performances to see her. He accidentally reveals that
he has not seen her perform at all, while confessing that he is only
trying to acquire an offshore account Amy's mother set up which
contains US$180 million. After Amy shuts out Fergus again, Chicago and
Zeke escort her away from her father, who swears revenge on her.
Meanwhile, only Beca is asked personally by
DJ Khaled to open for him,
disregarding the other Bellas. Beca politely declines the offer and
leaves to her room. Later, the Bellas are taken away by a Frenchman in
a dark grey van out onto a yacht in a nearby harbor. The yacht belongs
to Fergus, who is using the Bellas as a means to get Amy to come for
him. Amy and Beca hear of the kidnapping and decide to rescue the
Bellas. Beca distracts Fergus by having the Bellas perform "Toxic" for
him and two of his men, just as Amy sets the yacht to explode. The
Bellas escape the yacht just before it blows. Fergus survives the
explosion and is arrested for his crimes.
After the Bellas are rescued by the military, Fat Amy reveals DJ
Khaled's proposition to Beca to the others. They encourage her to take
the chance, and they all agree that now it's time to move on with
their lives, with Amy using her bank account for multiple tributes to
singers named Amy, Aubrey trying to be a birthing coach, Flo's juice
cart becoming part of an international brand, Chloe getting accepted
into vet school, Cynthia-Rose staying at the base to get into flight
school, Emily going back to Barden to prepare for her upcoming
abnormal psychology test while continuing her songwriting, and Lilly
revealing that the reason she was quiet was because she was possessed
by Satan and the yacht incident snapped her out of it, and that her
real name is Ester. They know very well they'll be separated, but
still be connected to each other as a family. Later at the USO's final
performance, Beca opens for
DJ Khaled and sings on stage, and
afterwards brings up the Bellas onstage for the girls to sing their
final performance with the other competitors gladly watching the
Bellas sing "Freedom! '90" to their hearts content.
Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) (who were the
Bellas' public announcers in the previous installments) finish filming
the Bellas as part of a documentary they have been making about the
girls throughout the whole film, only to be appalled when John
realizes they didn't record the Bellas' final performance, which was
supposed to be the documentary's big ending. A series of mid credit
scenes reveal the Bellas' separate story arcs closed out to their
mostly happy endings, with Lilly hanging around with DJ Dragon Nutz,
whom she flirted with earlier, Aubrey recconects with her father and
Chloe and Chicago share a passionate kiss, much to the amusment of
Beca, who is now the boss of Theo.
Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, an alumna and the former leader of The
Barden Bellas, who works as a producer but quits due to creative
differences, before joining the tour. She has been sharing an
apartment in New York City with her best friends Chloe and Fat Amy for
the last three years.
Rebel Wilson as Patricia "Fat Amy" Hobart, a comedic alumna of The
Barden Bellas, from Australia. She held a one-woman show, "Fat Amy
Winehouse", before joining the tour.
Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, a Barden Bellas alumna and former
co-leader, who longs for glory days with the Bellas. She applied to
attend a vet school before joining the tour.
Anna Camp as Aubrey Posen, a Barden Bellas alumna and former leader,
before Beca, who worked at the Lodge of Fallen Leaves. Through her
father, The Bellas were invited to the USO tour.
Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk, a senior student at Barden University
and the current leader of the new Barden Bellas, who joins her former
seniors for the tour.
Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose Adams, a lesbian Barden Bellas alumna, who
failed the Flight School simulation before joining the tour.
Hana Mae Lee
Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakuramara / Esther, a Barden Bellas alumna
known for her quiet speaking voice and odd remarks. She worked as a
tailor before joining the tour.
Kelley Jakle as Jessica Smith, a Barden Bellas alumna.
Shelley Regner as Ashley Jones, a Barden Bellas alumna.
Chrissie Fit as Florencia "Flo" Fuentes, a Barden Bellas alumna, from
Guatemala. She worked at a juice truck before joining the tour.
Alexis Knapp as Stacie Conrad, a Barden Bellas alumna, known for being
overly sexual. She works as a pilates instructor and despite wanting
to, could not join the tour due to her pregnancy
Elizabeth Banks as Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger, an a cappella
commentator making an insulting documentary about The Bellas
John Michael Higgins as John Smith, an a cappella commentator making
an insulting documentary about The Bellas
John Lithgow as Fergus Hobart, Fat Amy's estranged criminal father
Matt Lanter as Chicago Walp, a U.S. soldier guiding the Bellas during
the tour, and Chloe's love interest.
Guy Burnet as Theo, DJ Khaled's music producer, who takes a liking to
DJ Khaled as himself
Troy Ian Hall as Zeke, a U.S. soldier, partners with Chicago
Michael Rose as Aubrey's father
Jessica Chaffin as Evan
Moises Arias as Pimp-Lo
Ruby Rose, Andy Allo, Venzella Joy Williams, and Hannah Fairlight as
Calamity, Serenity, Charity, and Veracity, respectively, members of
the band Evermoist
Whiskey Shivers as Saddle Up, a country-bluegrass-based band competing
against the Bellas
Trinidad James and D.J. Looney as Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz,
On April 11, 2015, a month before the release of the second film, it
was announced that
Rebel Wilson would return for a third film,
although she stated that she did not know if
Anna Kendrick or other
cast members would also reprise their roles. She added that she would
be "up for a Fat Amy spin-off." Director, star, and producer of the
Elizabeth Banks acknowledged the possibility of a third
film during promotion of
Pitch Perfect 2, saying, "I will say, it
would be disingenuous to say that no one’s talking about a Pitch
Perfect 3; the possibility of it."
On June 10, 2015, a third film was officially confirmed, and Kay
Cannon was set to return to write the script. On June 15, 2015, it
was announced that Kendrick and Wilson would both reprise their
roles, and on July 28, 2015,
Brittany Snow signed on to return.
Paul Brooks again produced for Gold Circle Films, along with Max
Handelman and Banks for Brownstone Productions. On October 27,
2015, Banks was officially announced to return as director for the
film, though she exited in that capacity on June 3, 2016. On
September 1, 2016,
Trish Sie was confirmed to direct the film. On
December 13, 2016, it was reported that
Ruby Rose was in talks to join
the film, while
Anna Camp also signed on to return for the
sequel. Cannon wrote the script with later drafts by Mike
White and Dana Fox; White would eventually receive screenwriting
credits alongside Cannon. On January 5, 2017, a table read
occurred, with Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle,
Shelley Regner also being confirmed to reprise their roles,
Andy Allo joining as Charity, a rival in a group opposing
the Bellas. While it was revealed by vocal director Deke Sharon
Alexis Knapp is returning, she wasn't spotted during the first
month of filming, leading fans to show concerns that she might not be
returning at all. However, on February 6, she posted a photo on
Instagram, confirming her return, and was on set the following
Principal photography on the film began on January 5, 2017, and took
place in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cádiz,
Spain and wrapped on April 3,
Pitch Perfect 3 was initially scheduled for July 21, and August 4,
2017. It had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, on November 29,
2017, and was released in the United States on December 22,
Pitch Perfect 3 has grossed $104.9 million in the United States and
Canada and $79 million in other territories, for a total of $183.9
million, against a production budget of $45 million.
In the United States and Canada,
Pitch Perfect 3 was released
alongside the openings of Downsizing and Father Figures, and the wide
expansions of The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour, and was projected
to gross $27–35 million from 3,447 theaters in its opening
weekend. The film took in $2.1 million from Thursday night
previews, about half of the $4.6 million earned by its predecessor.
Over the three-day weekend, which included Christmas Eve, it grossed
$19.9 million (down nearly 70% from the second film's $69.2 million
debut), finishing third at the box office, behind Star Wars: The Last
Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It grossed an additional $6.5
million on Christmas Day, for a four-day total of $26.4 million.
It dropped 15% the following weekend, grossing $16.8 million, and a
total of $21.7 million over the four-day New Year's frame.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 31% based on
118 reviews and an average rating of 4.7/10. The website's critical
consensus reads, "
Pitch Perfect 3 strains to recapture the magic that
helped the original spawn a franchise, but ends up sending this
increasingly unnecessary trilogy out on a low note." On
Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100
based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Audiences polled by
CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of
"A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its
Owen Gleiberman of Variety praised the cast and said, "The new film
doesn't add anything revolutionary to the
Pitch Perfect formula. It
still sounds like we're in middle-period Glee written by someone who
finds Ryan Murphy too solemn. But as directed by Trish Sie, the movie
is bubbly, it's fast, it's hella synthetic-clever, and it's an avid
showcase for the personalities of its stars."
In a review for The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Scheck wrote "...what
started out as a charmingly offbeat comic premise has inevitably
degenerated into the sort of crass commercialism that probably would
make the Bellas themselves turn up their noses."
The official soundtrack was released on December 15, 2017.
"Sit Still, Look Pretty"
The New Bellas
"Riff Off (Get the Party Started/Shut Up and Dance/Ignition/Swing Down
Sweet Chariot)/Fly Away/One More Night/Call Me/Love Me Harder/If I
Were a Boy/Zombie/Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)/Human/Wake Me
The Bellas, Evermoist, Saddle Up, Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz
"You Got It"
Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz
"Ex's & Oh's"
"How a Heart Unbreaks"
"I Don't Like It, I Love It"
"Cake by the Ocean"
"Boom Boom (feat. Zedd)"
"Score Suite From
Pitch Perfect 3"
Silent Night (feat. 80fitz)"
Hana Mae Lee
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Kelley Jakle & Shelley Regner
Freedom! '90 x Cups"
The Bellas & The Voice Season 13 Top 12 Contestants
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