Following the path of Becca's musical aspirations is very interesting. I love the girls bonding and how into a cappella they are. I crack every time they mention 'making music only with their mouths'. Das Sound Machine (actually Die Sound Machine) slayed Muse's Uprising in a way I did not think it could not be done. They sure gave a prison pounding to Pentatonix and the Scala Choir. Aubrey is a textbook nasty bully.
More enjoyable than the first, but definitely not something I would have seen had I not been dragged to it. Like the first, there are some laughs, some "raunchy" humour. Some more tolerable musical moments, some painful ones. Overall, it was tolerable, like the first, with notable comedic performances from David Cross and the German "Das Sound Machine" crew.
Undeniably brimful of energy and charisma, but my God, I'm amazed that this film doesn't get trashed for some of the misogynistic and racist comments it gets away with (that Guatemalan character is essentially useless outside of affirming long-held prejudice, and the same goes for the announcer duo who have gone from funny to sometimes plainly cruel).
How could something so good go so bad? The jokes from the original have been pushed to the point of taking cheap shots, being shamelessly sexist, racist and stereotypical, and are as subtle as a 4x2 to the head. The actors seem listless and almost embarrassed to have to say such awful lines. It's hard to find any character to care about and it's a test of endurance to make it to the end of this car crash of a movie.
It was essentially structure-less and with incomplete subplots and story lines, cliched and tired comedic tropes and lines, and characters from the last film were just thrown in without any actual reason for them to be there.
The Danish staffers wear t-shirts with "BEGIVENHED PERSONALE" on ém! What did they do, go on google translate?! Couldn't they have consulted with Dane Birgitte Hjort Sørensen; the t-shirts should've had "Event Personale" on the back.
But that's not the reason I rated this a one, I gave this movie a one because the movie is crap - the t-shirt mistake was actually the most entertaining thing in the whole movie.