The Bellas have nothing on the Georgetown Phantoms.
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Seven of them are milling on the steps of the Georgetown movie theater when I arrive. There’s Daniel, a wiry baritone, whose favorite character is Cynthia. (“Ester Dean’s so talented. She wrote that song ‘Price Tag’ for Jessie J.”) Lindsay, an alto in a flowy dress, likes Fat Amy. (“That’s a cop-out, ” objects Ben, bass-voiced. “Amy’s the crowd favorite.”) Andrew and Max, both tenors, prefer Anna Kendrick’s acerbic, punk-rock Beca. Ben confesses to “pure total adoration” for the whole cast. Evelyn, who graduated last year and sang alto, also likes Fat Amy, played by Rebel Wilson, though she asks, “Can we just call her Amy?”
“No!” everyone shouts in chorus.
The sunniest, friendliest, most attractive and crisply arranged spirits on Earth belong to an a cappella group called the Georgetown University Phantoms. A group of them—shiny hair, button-down shirts—are here with me to see Pitch Perfect 2, the new Elizabeth Banks–directed flick about dueling collegiate songsters. They are adorable. We loiter in the leftover glow from the lobby, talking about what the first movie got wrong (too many backflips) and right (social dynamics). “The movie reflects how everyone in the group takes on a specific persona, ” Daniel says. “I’m the sexy one. Yeah.” They laugh. “Also the aspect of family, ” adds Evelyn. “We fight and cry but at the end of the day we’re here making really cool music together.”