Why I Took My Middle-School-Age Daughter to See Pitch Perfect 2
When I heard the Barden Bellas were back, I couldn’t wait to take my tween to see Pitch Perfect 2. I even offered to take a group of her friends on Saturday night and I was surprised when I received a curt, “no thanks,” from a few moms. Despite the fact that the movie is filled with sexual innuendos, double entendre, chauvinism and stereotypes, Pitch Perfect 2’s overall message is a powerful one for middle school girls and I didn’t want my daughter to miss it.
I love the fact my daughter’s favorite character is not the beautiful and poised Becca (played by Anna Kendrick) but the super confident Fat Amy—a name the character gives herself in the first movie so “twig bitches” don’t say it behind her back. Fat Amy (played by Rebel Wilson) sets Pitch Perfect 2’s storyline in motion when she has an epic wardrobe malfunction in front of President Obama and the First Lady. Fat Amy hangs from the Kennedy Center ceiling Cirque-du-Soleil-style while singing “Wrecking Ball,” only to have her tights split open, leaving her vagina exposed because she is not wearing underwear. This incident causes the Bellas to be banned from performing ever again, unless they can win an international a cappella competition, which no U.S. group has ever done.
Although this movie pushes the envelope of PG-13, we don’t actually see Fat Amy’s vagina but we do hear a lot about it. For instance, we know it is au natural because, in addition to receiving a ton of hate mail, one of Fat Amy’s haters also mails her a home hair removal kit.
Pitch Perfect 2 is filled with raunchy jokes. When the German a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, replaces the Bellas on the a cappella circuit, Fat Amy says the group is from doucheland. There are also maxi pad jokes, tons of college drinking and lots implied sex. Much to my surprise, my daughter finds comments like, “You don’t come to gentleman’s house and touch his goose,” hilarious, leaving me to wonder if she actually understands the humor or is just laughing because everyone else in the theater is.
Honestly, I don’t care because at its core, this movie has an empowering message about being yourself, finding supportive friends, figuring out what your dream is and working hard to make it happen, while taking some risks along the way. Each of the five main Bellas offers a powerful message that I want my daughter to hear, even if she has to laugh at some lewd jokes along the way.